Pakistani film exhibitors and cinema owners put the ban on Indian films after the escalating tensions between the two countries following the Uri terror attack. However they are likely to lift the self-imposed bans and Indian films will be screened from December 19.
Zoraish Lashari, Chairman of the Film Exhibitors Association told the reports, “The cinema owners and other stakeholders in the industry have been hit by the decision to impose a temporary suspension on the screening of Indian films. A lot of investment has been made in upgrading or building new cineplexes and multiplexes and the business at this time is dependent on screening of latest Indian films,” he said.
Lashari said the cinema owners and exhibitors had only taken a self-imposed suspension of screening of Indian films and that it was not a ban.
“A private media group is presently trying to import and release Dangal in Pakistan,” a source said. Lashari said that first unreleased Indian films would be screened after which they would have negotiations with Indian distributors to continue the import of movies into Pakistan.
Freaky Ali was the last Indian film which got an NOC from the Pakistani government and it will be re-screened in some theaters on Monday to check the public sentiments. If all goes well then they will apply for NOC for Aamir Khan’s Dangal on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Pakistan is the third biggest market for Indian films. Earlier Ae Dil Hai Mushkil missed a large chunk of business there. Now Dangal and Raees have a huge demand in the country. Both Indian and Pakistani distributors/exhibitors are trying to release Dangal in Pakistan.