Pakistan: Screening of Indian films temporarily halted in cinema halls

Film producer and exhibitor Suhail Khan told PTI that the Indian movies are really doing very well in Pakistani cinemas.

By: PTI | Lahore | Updated: October 2, 2016 8:46 pm

Pakistani cinema hall owners have “temporarily” stopped screening Indian films amidst rising tension between the two countries following the Uri terror attack. The Pakistani film producers and exhibitors have also announced they will not import more Indian films till normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan.

“Although the cinema owners have decided not to exhibit Indian films in Pakistani cinemas in the current situation, the decision is temporary as it is the bread and butter of the number of people associated with the film industry.

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“Since the government has not imposed any ban on screening of Indian films, therefore, it is a temporary ban and may last for a week or so,” film producer and exhibitor Suhail Khan told PTI.

He said the Indian movies are really doing very well in Pakistani cinemas.

“Although good local movies are being made (in Pakistan), the Indian films have played a significant role in revival of cinema in the country,” he said, adding it will be very difficult for the people associated with the film industry here to say goodbye to Indian films.

Talking about the decision of the local exhibitors not to import Indian film “MS Dhoni The Untold Story”, Khan said this is not a conventional commercial movie, and interests basically the Indian audience which is why the exhibitors are not interested in it.

Producer Ghulam Muhayudin said “big sacrifices” should not be expected from the people associated with the film industry during such times.

Nadeem Mandviwalla of the Mandviwala Entertainment has expressed his displeasure over a resolution of the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) saying it will not hire any Pakistani artist, technician or singer “till the situation is OK between the Pakistani and Indian governments”.

Mandviwalla said when an Indian trade body passed a resolution and endorsed that Pakistani stars would not be working in their country, they left us with no choice.

They are our counterparts. “If you endorse such things there, then we will also come up with our response. Sentiments are on both sides.”

He said while the governments on both sides were working on the issue, there was no reason for trade bodies to come in between.

Mohsin Yaseen, General Manager Marketing of Cinepax Cinemas, said that no Indian film would be screened in multiplexes till the situation calmed down.

He said that they wanted to express solidarity with the armed forces. Similarly, Nueplex Cinemas have said in a post on their website: “To express solidarity with the Armed Forces of Pakistan, the management of Nueplex Cinemas has decided to stop the screening of Indian films with immediate effect.”

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  1. A
    Oct 2, 2016 at 9:19 pm
    Indian Surgical Strike on stan Territory. This strike was carried out by Saif Ali Khan along with Katrina Kaif in the Indian Film 'Phantom' Directed by Kabir Khan. Watch the highlights of Indian Surgical Strikes on Cartoon Network tonight at 9 pm. And further authentic detail is according to a BBC report, 550 Million Indians get up every morning and perform surgical strikes on open railway tracks, fields and heaps of trash due to absence of toilets...! lol
    1. D
      Oct 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm
      MS Dhoni is already super por in India (over than Tandulkar at this stage) and his movie released in Pak will even become over por there, perahps he can topple the current PM Shariff and rule the country.
      1. kris kumar
        Oct 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm
        Who cares if bans Bollywood films permanently. cinema owners and lovers Bollywood film makers will suffer. Bollywood film makers are greedy businessmen and most of the makers who love artists are sponsored by criminal Dawood money. These film makers are rouge and anti nationals and could not careless how many soldiers are killed by s as long as their business is not affected. I think the government need to go deep into their financiers as Dawood D company money is involved and all those involved should be shamed in public. Film makers have very strong lobby and they get support from corrupt Congressi, rouge media and other anti national elements with in and outside India.
        1. D
          Oct 2, 2016 at 11:34 pm
          stan does not pay royalties for Indian movies. Bollywood makes no money from cinemas. They steal, they pirate. So the ban is good. Anyway movies are fuedal and purdah clad.
          1. S
            Oct 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm
            stani Film bodies should be aware that except for a few actors like Gajendra Chauhan and Akshay Kumar and Directors like Pahlaj Nihalani, most of the bhakts are against Bollywood. (The same way the religious fundamentalists of stan must be again the liberal performing arts of that country). Anything harming Bollywood is good news for the bhakts.
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