Cinema owners in Pakistan plan to lift their self-imposed ban on the screening of Indian films. The reason behind their change of heart is the slamming of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena by the Indian Army officials. The Army expressed disappointment at MNS way of forcing film producers employing Pakistan nationals to pay Rs 5 crore to its welfare funds. They slammed the MNS asking them not to involve them politics, which has a strong a political and secular ethos
The owner of a leading theatre said, “Indian Army’s statement is a good enough evidence for the change in perspective on the other side of the border. So is the release of Fawad Khan’s film in India.”
Pakistani theater owners had suspended the screening of Indian films after the MNS and IMPPA’s decision banning Pakistani artists from working in India. They had also issued a ban on the films that had actors from the neighboring country starring in it. This was done in retaliation of the Uri attacks.
A formal announcement will be made by the chairman of Pakistan’s exhibitors association, Zuraiz Lashari, in Lahore on Tuesday. He said, “Our basic demand was a lift on the ban on Pakistani actors working in India and the Indian authorities have lifted that ban. Even Fawad Khan’s film is all set to be released in India on time, which is why even we are looking forward to a more positive outcome of this entire scenario.”
Now the board has issued a NOC against Ajay Devgn’s ‘Shivaay’ and Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, both will be reviewed by the censor board and allotted certificates. The chairman of the CBFC, Mobashir Hasan affirmed that they will accept and preview Indian films when they are submitted for certification.
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