The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has recently issued a notice to put a limited restriction on the screening of Indian films in Pakistan.
This decision has been taken to promote Pakistani movies during the long holidays of Eid and will be effective from two days before and two weeks after Eid days.
A statement has been issued by the governments which read:
“The action has been taken in order to revive and promote the local film industry in Pakistan. The restriction shall remain in force for two days before and two weeks after Eid days.”
The movies which are going to be released on Eid Ul Fitr are 7 Din Mohabbat In, Wajood and Azaadi; Bollywood’s Race 3 and Hollywood’s Oceans’s 8 and Incredibles 2 were to grace the screens on the same day but now, only Hollywood films will screen alongside Pakistani films. Similarly, on Eid ul Azha, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, Load Wedding and Parwaz Hai Junoon will get a clear path for 2 weeks before any Bollywood movie can be screened in cinema.
Arguably this will be a huge loss for distributors of Indian films in Pakistan and fans of Salman Khan but the good news is that Pakistani flicks will have the chance to attract a large number of audience.
But is this how the local movies will make business forever?
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