After the attack on army base in Uri that killed 19 soldiers, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena threatened Pakistani actors in India to leave the country within 48 hours. Fawad Khan who is playing a role in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actually left and is reported to not return for promotions.
In retaliation, reportedly IMGC Global Entertainment, a Pakistan-based distribution company, has decided not to release MS Dhoni: The Untold Story in Pakistan. “Amid current tension between the two countries, we have decided not to release the film,” the chairman was quoted as saying.
The market is expected to get severely affected if they decide not to release Bollywood films because the distributors admit there has been a boom in the business because of them. “I don’t want to sound pessimistic but the truth is there has only been a boom in the cinema industry in Pakistan in the last few years because of the release of latest Bollywood and Hollywood films,” said Nadeem Mandviwalla, a know exhibitor, distributor and owner of the Atrium chain of cineplexes.
However, reportedly, the film was never submitted for certification in the country so there was no question to ban or boycott. “How can we ban a film that’s not been submitted for certification? The local distributors have not even applied for the NoC of the film,” said Central Board of Film Censors’ Chairperson Mobashir Hasan, reported The Express Tribune.
Ban or no ban, as soon as the news reached the Internet, Twitterati couldn’t stop joking about it given it’s a biopic on ace cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Why is MS Dhoni: The Untold Story banned in Pakistan? Does it feature the last over from Joginder Sharma in the 2007 T20 World Cup?
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) September 28, 2016
— Yash Desai (@fearlessNerd) September 29, 2016
— T S Sudhir (@Iamtssudhir) September 29, 2016
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) September 28, 2016
Pak distributors think if Dhoni’s biopic is released in Pakistan then their citizens will come to know that India won 2007 T20 WC & 2011 WC.
— PhD in Bak*****☔ (@Atheist_Krishna) September 28, 2016
I think Pakistan banned the Dhoni biopic only because they’ve already seen the best scripted cricket in the world.
— Rohan (@mojorojo) September 28, 2016
Dhoni’s biopic is banned is Pakistan. This is why Pakistan will keep having captains like Shahid Afridi & wicket keepers like Kamran Akmal.
— Ojas. (@Ojasism) September 28, 2016
Pakistan not releasing Dhoni biopic. They say the title of the film is M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story, & they don’t watch movies w/o stories.
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) September 28, 2016
MS Dhoni Biopic banned in Pakistan because they don’t want to see Misbah scoop again… 😉
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) September 29, 2016
Pakistan refuses to release Dhoni biopic.
I guess they don’t want their public with broken TVs to know what Team India did to them 😂
— Abhishek (@ImAbhishek_) September 28, 2016
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