Pakistani cinemas stop screening of Indian films

Pakistan’s theatre owners have decided to withdraw and ban screening of Indian movies until bilateral tensions between the two countries subside. However, the Pakistani government has not yet issued an official directive in this regard.

The decision emerged on Thursday after the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) announced that it was imposing a ban on all Pakistani artistes working in India, reported The Express Tribune.

“We will suspend the exhibition of Indian films till normalcy. No Indian movies will play in my cinemas from Friday onwards for sure,” said Nadeem Mandviwalla, owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment which runs Atrium Cinemas in Karachi and Centaurus in Islamabad.In the past week, Bollywood films “Pink” and “Banjo” had released. And while this week “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” could have released, its distributor IMGC Global Entertainment withheld it as it was felt that the movie could have anti-Pakistan elements in its narrative about cricket, the company’s head Amjad Rasheed told IANS over phone from Dubai.