Ever since the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) announced their decision of requesting exhibitors to suspend the release of all films featuring Pakistani artistes, chaos has reigned supreme with many reports suggesting the decision has effectively banned Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. To get a clarity on what the decision means and what its implications could be, we spoke to film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi.
1. Every exhibitor in India doesn’t come under the umbrella of COEAI
The COEAI is not the association of all exhibitors in the country. It’s an association of single screen cinema owners from Nashik, Pune and some parts of Bombay.
- Twitter War Between Congress Leader Amarinder Singh & Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
- Life Of Actor-Dancer Ashwini Ekbote Who Died During A Performance
- Idea Exchange With Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
- PM Narendra Modi Bats For Equal Rights : Here What He Said On Triple Talaq
- Uncle Shivpal Targets Akhilesh, Claims CM Told Him He Will Form Another Party
- Pakistan Continues To Violate Ceasefire In RS Pura
- Samajwadi Party’s internal fight divides SP
- Cyrus Mistry Removed As Chairman of Tata Sons: Here’s What Happened
- Wreath Laying Ceremony Of Slain Soldier Sushil Kumar Observed
- Virat Kohli Powers India Home With Unbeaten 154
- Pakistan Resorts To Heavy Mortar Shelling, 1 BSF Jawan Dead, 3 Injured
- Bigg Boss 10 Weekend Ka Vaar: Priyanka Jagga Evicted
- Here’s How Much Army Welfare Fund Has After MNS Demanded Rs 5 Cr To Cast Pak Artistes
- Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray Take A Jibe At MNS: Here’s What He Said
- Samajwadi Party Crisis Deepens: Here’s How It Will Impact UP Polls
2. COEAI can’t ban or disallow a film from playing
Only two institutions can disallow a film from playing at cinemas – CBFC and the court of law. No organisation, association or political outfit can threaten or advice to ban a film from cinemas that too after the film has been cleared by the CBFC. Such a ban is illegal.
3. Multiplexes have not called for a ban on ADHM
Delhi exhibitors have supported the film and multiplex associations have not called for an embargo or ban against ADHM. To say no exhibitor in India will play the movie is wrong.
4. COEAI has only requested their members to play the film
The association has only requested its members not to play the film. A lot of them will play and a lot of them will not. It is their individual call. COEAI has made the request to show solidarity and to protect members from any form of threat. It is a respected call.
5. Risky playing ADHM
Every exhibitor has to decide on playing the film knowing the potential risk that comes with it because there are threats from political parties. So whether an exhibitor wants to screen his film or not is his personal call.