Bollywood celebs react after Pakistan Bans Indian Cinema “It’s Their Loss, Not Ours”
The Pakistan government proclaimed the ban of Indian films from its cinemas across the state & the members of the Indian film fraternity says that the ban won’t build any difference to Bollywood but will affect Pakistan.
Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on info and Broadcasting, claimed this action was in retaliation to India’s cancellation of the Constitution’s Article 370, that gave special standing to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to possess a separate constitution, a state flag, and autonomy over the interior administration.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, the chief advisor of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), told IANS: “It does not make any difference whether Pakistanis watch our films or not. I think the internal security of the country comes first. Whether films release there or not is irrelevant. We have a clear issue in front of us.”
He added: “Our film industry is very big. Even business-wise it does not matter. We are talking about our country.”
However, trade analyst Komal Nahta told IANS that, strictly from the business point of view, the ban will affect the box-office.
“Pakistan had become a hot territory especially for big films with a big star cast. Indian films did depend upon Pakistan for a fairly good amount of overseas business. Especially, (for stars like) Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, their films used to do very well there,” said Nahta.
He stressed the ban will lead to piracy in Pakistan.
“There will be piracy. It’s not that people will not watch our films. It is just that officially the money will not come to India. Pirates will make hay while the sunshine,” Nahta added.
Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who had once done a cameo in the Pakistani film “Ishq Positive“, told IANS: “Pakistan banning Indian film is their loss, not ours. But (revocation of) Article 370 is the best thing that could have happened in the last 72 years.”
National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, whose film “Calendar Girls” was banned in Pakistan, told IANS: “Firstly, I am not surprised because they already severed many other bilateral relationships. I am not surprised because they have to take a grandstanding in front of their people because Article 370 has been abolished. The film industry has shown solidarity since Pulwama.”
“The Hindi film industry had stopped releasing films post-Pulwama attack, as a show of solidarity to the defense services. This was never promoted or discussed on public platforms. The business of Indian films continues growing globally. The revocation of Article 370 was a bold and much-needed move. Any consequence arising from the decision is inconsequential,” said actor Vidyut Jammwal, who hails from Jammu.
This is not the first time Pakistan has prohibited Indian films. Except refusing to unharness of varied Indian films often on grounds of censorship, Pakistan has been refusing release of Indian films — notably screenland product — virtually whenever the political atmosphere between the 2 nations becomes tense.
In recent times, the neighbor nation has banned various Hindi movies because of totally different reasons. whereas “Raazi”, “Aiyyari”, and “Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran” square measure among films to possess been prohibited because of what Asian country felt was politically objectionable content, “Mulk” was prohibited as a result of the country’s censor board felt the film’s portrayal of Muslims in Bharat wasn’t right.
“Pad Man”, “Veere Di Wedding”, and “Pari” are among different films refused a unharness in Asian country even at traditional times.
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