Pakistani cinemas boycott screening of Bollywood movies

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Karachi: Owners of cinemas in Pakistan have decided not to screen any Bollywood movies until tensions between the two countries reduce. The decision was made right after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) banned all Pakistani artists from working in film projects in India on Thursday.

Nuplex Cinema in Karachi, talked to social media to announce that Indian films would be taken off.

This is the latest development in terms of cultural front of Pak-India tensions.

Lahore Super Cinema, a prominent movie hall in the city, posted a message on its official Facebook page saying that no Indian cinema would be screened in any of its theaters.

“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. We will keep our patrons informed of further developments in this matter.”

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This happened just after the  Indian forces violated the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) by opening unprovoked fire at different Pakistani sectors on Thursday.

Two Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom in the firing incidents, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.

Bollywood movies like Pink, banjo, MS Dhoni The Untold Story has been off the screen.

The two cinemas are currently running Pakistani films which includes Actor In Law, Janaan, Maalik and Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay and Hollywood releases are also being run in these cinemas.

However, Cinepax Pakistan’s largest network of cinemas  had not yet banned any Indian movies, a senior official of cinema chain said it would follow suit if film exhibitors take a mutual decision in this regard.

Cinepax General Manager Marketing, Mohsin Yaseen said, “I have not heard anything confirmed as yet, but if exhibitors do ban Indian films, then of course we will go ahead with it,”

This is not the first time where India banned Pakistani artists to work in Bollywood, earlier this week pressure on Pakistani artistes to ‘leave’ India in 48 hours, while no prominent Pakistani artists were present in India. Upcoming concerts of Atif Aslam and Shafqat Amanat Ali  have been cancelled.

Man Mayal actor Hamza Ali abbasi also supported the decision of Pakistani cinemas for banning Bollywood movies in Pakistan to to express solidarity with the Armed Forces of Pakistan

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Published by Salima Bhutto

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