No Indian Films To Be Screened In Pakistan Theatres During Eid, Know Why

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| May 25 , 2018 , 18:29 IST

Pakistani masses are quite fond of Hindi cinema and never leave any opportunity to ogle the dapper-looking Bollywood actors but they won't be able to watch any this Eid. The Federal Government has declared a temporary ban on Indian films in Pakistan on the occasions of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha.

According to a notification issued by the ministry of information and broadcasting on 24 May, the exhibition and screening of Indian and foreign films will be banned from two days before the Eid to until two weeks after the holidays across the country.

The notification read, "All 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."

An official from Pakistan Film Exhibitors' Association also confirmed receiving the letter and said, "The notification says that the temporary ban is being imposed in order to promote local movies on the festivals, a time when usual than the larger audience is attracted towards cinemas."

Reportedly, Pakistani film producers and artists have been complaining for the last two years that their new films face stiff completion from the Indian and Hollywood movies due to a limited number of screens in the country and they are not able to do good business.

In some cases, the local producers were unable to even recover their invested money in the films. The ban has been imposed to facilitate the local filmmakers. This Eid, Mahira Khan-starrer 7 Din Mohabbat In, Javed Sheikh’s Wujood and forthcoming war drama Azaadi are releasing in Pakistan.