Pakistan places ban on Bollywood films after Article 370 abrogation; Bollywood reacts

As per latest reports, Pakistan on August 08 placed a ban on the screening of Indian films in the country’s theaters, amid tensions between the two sides after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Firdous Ashiq Awan, special advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan for Information and Broadcasting, made a special tweet, “No Indian film will be screened in any Pakistani theater. Drama, films and Indian content of this kind will be completely banned in Pakistan.”

Indian administration on Monday annulled the special rank of Jammu and Kashmir and split the big state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The country banished the Indian High Commissioner as part of its verdict to demote the political links with India over what it baptized New Delhi’s “one-sided and unlawful” decision to cancel the special position of Jammu and Kashmir.

Movies and social relations are the first to get affected when there is strain between the two nations and it is not for the first time that Pakistan has placed a ban on Bollywood films.

Pak had also made the same decision after Balakot air raids by India during February 2019. Bollywood had made a similar decision following February 14 Pulwama terror outbreak on a CRPF group.

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Trade analyst Komal Nahta stated, "Pakistan had become a hot territory especially for big films with big star cast. Indian films did depend upon Pakistan for a fairly good amount of overseas business. Specially, (for stars like) Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, their films used to do very well there.”

Nahta said that the said banish will give birth 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 sun shine," he added.

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Actor Sonu Sood, who once worked in the Pakistani movie Ishq Positive, stated that the said ban will be a big loss for Pakistan.

Ace personality Madhur Bhandarkar, whose movie Calendar Girls got banned in Pakistan, said, "Firstly, I am not surprised because they already severed many other bilateral relationships. I am not surprised because they have to take a grand standing in front of their people because Article 370 has been abolished. The film industry has shown solidarity since Pulwama."

by Ricky Tandon | Fri, Aug 09 - 01:11 PM

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