The Indian movies will no longer be shown on the Pakistani screens. This has been decided by the Cinema Owners in Pakistan. And this situation will prevail till there is de-escalation of tensions between the two neighbors.
Such a unanimous decision came in response to the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) who declared banning of all Pakistani artists from working in film projects in India.
Nadeem Mandviwalla, the owner of Madviwalla Entertainment who operates Atrium Cinemas in Karachi and Centauras in Islamabad was outright in his views on the situation. He categorically stated that Indian films exhibition has to be suspended with immediate effect. As for the other prominent cinema owners Super Cinemas owner Khorem Gultasab has also initiated action about stopping screening of Indian movies.
Action on the part of Cinepax which is Pakistan’s largest network of cinemas is still awaited. In this connection action is also awaited from the film exhibitors. They still have to take a mutual decision in this regard.
Nadeem Mandviwalla stated that the decision on non showing of Indian movies is an action on the part of cinema owners in their own capacity. Initially the reports from India appeared to be the whispering by mischief mongers but then the Indian Motion Producers Association stepped in and that made matters serious.
A formal is expected to follow.
Several Pakistani cinema halls on Thursday stopped screening of Bollywood movies