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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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