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Amid Ongoing Political Tension, Nickelodeon’s License gets suspended for Airing Indian Content in Pakistan

PEMRA has issued a statement that all distribution networks have been informed about the ban of the channel Nickelodeon and it will come into effect immediately

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November 1, 2016: In a move that can be defined as a retributive action against India, Pakistan’s electronic media regulator has decided to put a ban on the US-based channel namely ‘Nickelodeon’ for airing cartoons that were dubbed in Hindi. After the attacks on Kashmir in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed, Indian Motion Picture Producer Association had banned the working of Pakistanis artists in Indian entertainment industries.

“It was on Monday that Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) announced the suspension of Nickelodeon’s license over the violations of rules laid down by it,” reported PTI. PEMRA has laid down a new directive on October 19 stating the ban of the showcase of all Indian contents by any satellite channels or those with landing rights. Nickelodeon on failing to cooperate and airing cartoons dubbed in Hindi had its license suspended.

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PEMRA has issued a statement that all distribution networks have been informed about the ban of the channel Nickelodeon and it will come into effect immediately. Moreover, PEMRA has also deemed it fit to ban all Indian FM radio stations.

India’s ban on Pakistani artists has divided opinions by Bollywood actors, where on one side Salman Khan was found saying that his Pakistani colleagues were artists and not terrorists. But on the other hand, Nana Patekar said that artists were nothing but tiny insects compared to the country and that he did not want to know what Bollywood said.

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Pakistani movies are facing a conundrum due to this newly laid out rule. Due to very few films made in Pakistan annually, its entertainment industry mainly boomed due to Bollywood. If this continues, the movie theatres have to be shut down for the most part of the year due to lack of content. Indian cinemas started coming to Pakistan only after 43 years ban, which was lifted in 1998.

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These bans on the entertainment industries are a very small part of the big picture. There is a looming threat of war in both the countries with tensions spiking. India’s announcement of the surgical strikes conducted by it in PoK (Pakistan-controlled Kashmir) and the talks of rescinding the Indus water treaty has Pakistan threatening India that it would be considered as an act of war. Both being nuclear-powered nations, the effects of a war if fought would be compounded.

– Prepared by Alok Gulshan of NewsGram with inputs from several agencies. Twitter handle : @AlokGulshan

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Fiction Can’t Beat Facts: Rajkumar Hirani

"People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart."

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  • Rajkumar Hirani is famous Indian film director
  • He is currently shotting Sanjay Dutt’s biopic
  • The biopic will star Ranbir Kapoor and is said to based on true facts

Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is busy shooting for a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, says fiction can’t beat facts.

Hirani attended a special screening of the documentary titled “Raising The Bar”, hosted by filmmaker Onir and producer Mitu Bhowmick Lange in association with Australian Consulate General Mumbai on Thursday.

Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt's biopic.
Rajkumar Hirani is working on Sanjay dutt’s biopic.

Asked about the importance of making documentaries, Hirani said: “I feel why should we see only fiction? We should watch documentaries because they can be very interesting as well.”

“Earlier, they never used to get platforms but I think they should get a platform so that more and more people can come forward to make documentaries. I think documentaries are really engaging as they are real, and fiction can’t beat facts.”

The “3 Idiots” director said documentary filmmakers make films that are close to their heart.

“Documentary filmmakers choose subjects which they feel about, which they are affected by or which they have seen around them. So, I feel it’s nice that people come to know about these things,” he said.

Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like '3 idiots' in the past. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani has made brilliant movies like ‘3 idiots’ in the past. Wikimedia Commons

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“People make fictional stories to entertain the audience but a documentary filmmaker makes documentary which is closer to his or her heart.”

Will he ever make a documentary?

Hirani said: “I am really fond of it. I want to make it and I will definitely make it. I have many subjects to tell and when the time will be right, I will speak more about it.”

“Raising The Bar” is a poignant tale which follows awe-inspiring stories of six young individuals with Down syndrome from two different continents who all meet at the World Down Syndrome Congress in Chennai.

Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons
Rajkumar Hirani is famous for films which are out of ordinary. Wikimedia Commons

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The documentary aims to create awareness and emotionally engage the audience with the universal message of inclusion and diversity, celebrating the differences that make us all unique.

Helmed by National Award-winning director Onir, “Raising The Bar” is a 70-minute documentary which has won several awards internationally. IANS