Pakistan’s Ministry of Information has announced that the Government has decided to continue the existing policy to display all international films, including Indian films, in Pakistani cinemas.
“Federal government is pleased to continue the existing open policy to display all international movies (including Indian films) in Pakistani cinemas and is pleased to take the following decisions for revival of the Pakistani film industry,” said the notification.
Following the approval by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the federal government announced conditions for the import of Indian films, the Dawn reports.
According to the approved conditions, an importer will have to submit a request to the Information and Broadcasting Division for the import of an Indian cinema, including the name and cast of the film. The division will retain a copy and forward the request to the Ministry of Commerce for issuance of an import license under Import Policy 2016.
“For the import of an Indian film on DCP/Digital drive/CD, the importer will submit a request (including name and cast of the film) to the Information and Broadcasting Division,” said the notification.
The producers of Kaabil have claimed that the film has got NOC and will be released on 3rd February in Pakistan. Rakesh Roshan said in a statement,
“I got a call from one of my distributors in Pakistan, Satish Anand, who is currently in India, saying that they all liked Kaabil so much there that they got ONLY Kaabil cleared at the censors.”
“It will be a solo release in Pakistan from tomorrow or day after. They wanted the message of Kaabil given by Hrithik and Yami to spread and reach everyone in Pakistan. It’s a very nice step and a historic one towards increasing the friendship between the two countries. I hope it grows bigger every day!”
Though Pakistani government has been working at a slow pace and it will not be a surprise if Jolly LLB 2 will be the first Indian release in Pakistan since the ban. Though Raees was expected to do huge business in Pakistan but it may not do so now due to piracy.