By Atiya Riffat
Government restricts screening of Indian films during the Eid days as it shown by the notification issued on May 24th.
It has been decided by the federal government to put a limited restriction on exhibition of Indian films during Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, said a notification issued by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
The action has been taken “in order to revive and promote local film industry in Pakistan”, the notification said. “The restriction shall remain in force for two days before and two weeks after Eid days.”
“The importers/ distributors of the foreign films have been directed to restrain from the screening of Indian films in cinema houses all over the country during the above mentioned time period” mentioned in notification
The two Indian films in Pakistan’s cinemas would face the delay in its exhibition, ‘Race 3’ and ‘Fanney Khan’ featuring Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai respectively. The two Pakistani movies ‘Azaadi’ taking Moammar Rana and Sonya Hussain and‘7 Din Muhabbat featuring Mahira Khan and Sheharyar Munawwar, will release on Eid-ul-Fitr 2018.
The third movie ‘Parwaz Hai Junoon’ starring Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Amir, Shaz Khan and Ahad Raza Mir has postpond its release till Eid-ul-Azha, that was to hit the cinemas earlier on Eid-ul-Fitr.
The restriction to show the Indian movies on Pakistani cinema can possibly be the result of the previous protests held by Pakistan’s entertainers against the excessive exhibition/screening of Indian movies on Pakistan’s TV channels and cinemas.
According to the protestors more exhibition of Indian movies damaging the growing entertainment industry of Pakistan..