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Tension between Pakistan and India Rises; Pakistan Decides Not To Screen Indian Films in the Cinemas

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The decision to stop screening of Indian films was taken by Pakistani cinema owners after IMPPA (Indian Motion Picture Producers Association) passed a resolution calling for a ban on anyone from Pakistan working in Indian films. In an official statement, IMPPA President T P Aggarwal declared:

“We’ve passed this resolution in the AGM today on the demand of all the producers. Henceforth, till the situation is ok between the Pakistani and Indian governments, we will not hire any Pakistani artist, technician or singer,”

He further stated: “If there is any ongoing project from which they cannot be removed now, on which everything has been done, they can come for that. We will maintain this till the relations between Pakistan and India are ok”

In response to this immediate ban, the owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment which runs Atrium Cinemas in Karachi and Centaurus in Islamabad, Nadeem Mandviwalla banned the screening of Indian films in his cinemas and stated:

“We will suspend the exhibition of Indian films till normalcy. No Indian movies will play in my cinemas from Friday onwards for sure.”

 

Mandviwalla’s statement was backed by the manager of Super Cinemas General, Khorem Gultasab: “We didn’t wait for an official declaration by exhibitors. From Friday onwards, no Bollywood film will be screened at Super Cinemas for at least two weeks to show solidarity with our actors and our military,”

However, Cinepax one of Pakistan’s leading network of cinemas has not yet banned the screening of Indian films. Cinepax General Manager Marketing, Mohsin Yaseen said that they would follow the initiative if it’s a collaborative one, “I have not heard anything confirmed as yet, but if exhibitors do ban Indian films, then, of course, we will go ahead with it.”

To which, Nadeem Mandviwalla responded: “Since this ban is an initiative taken by cinema owners and not the government, it is taking us some time to bring everyone on the same page.”

“We were taking things lightly initially, since the so-called ban [on Pakistani artists in India] was just a few mischief-mongers hurling anti-Pakistan slogans,” he explained. “But things have gotten serious after the official [IMPPA] declaration.”

Meanwhile, Gultasab raised a valid point: “A ban won’t be effective if confined to just cinemas. Going to a cinema is a choice, but television channels air content from India all the time. We must completely black out Indian content. Remove it from TV channels and from DVD shops. Otherwise, there’s no point.”

Jami, renowned Pakistani filmmaker shared the views of Gultasab, saying: “There are Indian drama serials playing on TV all the time and you have DVD shops selling Indian films. Why just target cinema? If you want a ban, just ban all Indian content.”

It is still unsure how long the ban will last; however, Indian film industry will suffer quite a lot after losing its Pakistani audience.

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