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Amid India-Pak Tensions, Pakistani Theatre Owners Ban Screening of Indian Movies

After the terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena asked Pakistani artistes to leave India

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  • Super Cinema owner Khorem Gultasab said he had already stopped screening Indian films at his facilities, the Express Tribune reported
  • On Thursday, Indian film producers passed a resolution banning Pakistanis from working in films being made in India and the move was announced by IMPAA in Mumbai
  • After the terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena asked Pakistani artistes to leave India

Karachi, Oct 1, 2016: Some Pakistani theatre owners have stopped screening Indian movies.

The decision comes amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan and the Indian film producers’ decision to ban Pakistanis from working in films being made in India.

“We will suspend the exhibition of Indian films till normalcy (returns),” The Express Tribute quoted Nadeem Mandviwalla, owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment, as saying.

“No Indian movies will play in my cinemas from Friday onwards for sure,” he added. Mandviwalla Entertainment runs Atrium cinemas in Karachi as well as Centaurus in Islamabad.

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In the past week, Bollywood films “Pink” and “Banjo” had released in Pakistan. This week, “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”, could have released.

But its distributor IMGC Global Entertainment withheld it as it was felt the film could have anti-Pakistan elements in its narrative about cricket, the company’s head Amjad Rasheed told IANS over phone from Dubai.

Super Cinema owner Khorem Gultasab said he had already stopped screening Indian films at his facilities, the Express Tribune reported.

“From Friday, no Bollywood film will be screened at Super Cinemas for at least two weeks to show solidarity with our actors and our military,” Gultasab was quoted as saying.

Cinepax, Pakistan’s largest network of cinemas, has not yet banned Indian movies. A senior official of the cinema chain said it would follow suit if film exhibitors take a joint decision, the daily said.

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Cinepax Cinemas in Karachi. Wikimedia

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Mandviwalla said: “We were taking things lightly initially since the so-called ban (on Pakistani artistes in India) was (by) a few mischief-mongers.

“But things have gotten serious after the official (IMPPA) declaration,” he added, referring to the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association.

Gultasab said Pakistanis must “completely black out Indian content” from TV channels too, the Express Tribune reported.

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Renowned Pakistani filmmaker Jami agreed. “If you want a ban, just ban all Indian content.”

On Thursday, Indian film producers passed a resolution banning Pakistanis from working in films being made in India. The move was announced by IMPAA in Mumbai.

Many Pakistani actors and singers are known to work in Bollywood. After the terror attack that killed 19 Indian soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena asked Pakistani artistes to leave India. (IANS)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)