In a positive step for Entertainment Industry, Pakistani Exhibitors and Distributors Association has decided to lift the ban on screening of Indian films.
In a report in The Express Tribune, Zoraiz Lashari, chairman of Pakistani exhibitors and Distributors Association, 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.”
However, exhibitors didn’t consider this a ban, but merely ‘suspension’ of the screening of films, as a response to Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) ban on Pakistani artists and technicians working in India earlier in October, the report added.
The change in decision came in the light of Indian Army’s criticism of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s penalty of Rs. 50 million on Indian films featuring Pakistani actors.
In the latest meeting following the suspension, losses faced by cinema owners and tense situation between the two countries gave heed to serious discussions, as a result of which the ban had to be lifted on Tuesday. But the official statement is delayed in the wake of Quetta attacks, The Express Tribune reported.
Another cinema owner who attended the meeting 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.”
In such developments, the route of controversy, Pakistani actor Fawad Khan Starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay have been issued No-Objection Certificates by the Ministry of commerce and Shivaay is set to undergo Censor Board.
“The government has issued the NoC for Shivay. We are set to screen tomorrow for certification,” the secretary of Sindh Board of Film Censors, Razzaq Khuhwar said in a report.
“We will accept and preview Indian films, if and when they are submitted for certification,” Mobashir Hasan, the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification said in the report.