Pakistan’s leading Newspaper the Express Tribune reported that Pakistani cinema owners may lift the ban on Indian movies from December 19, following an official meeting among the members of the Film Exhibitors Association. The decision in favor of the Indian cinemas is likely to pave way for the potential money spinner “Dangal” releasing this Friday.
“According to the inputs we received from a distributor based in Pakistan, cinema owners in Pakistan and the distributors in India are trying to release the upcoming movie Dangal in Pakistani cinemas. To facilitate this and to test the public and government response, the distributors will be releasing FreakyAli in Pakistan on December 19”, the Express Tribune reported.
Freaky Ali has released in India two months ago and the experiment is likey to re-establish the cine-industry ties between Indian and Pakistan.
Earlier, Pakistan’s theater owners banned screening Indian movies after the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association( IMPPA) banned technicians and artists from Pakistan, from working in India. IMPPA’s decision in October was taken in the back drop of Uri attacks, which claimed the lives of 19 soldiers.
Speaking on the development, Zoraiz Lashari, Chairman of the Film Exhibitors Association said, “Cinema Industry has been the worst hit due to the straining relations between India and Pakistan. All the stakeholders have suffered huge losses and we felt that it is the right time to resume screening Indian films. It was not a ban and only a self-imposed suspension on the Indian cinemas. I will restart the screening of Indian movies by releasing FreakyAli on Monday”.
“We will first test the public response and the reactions by screening these unreleased movies in Pakistan. If everything goes well, Pakistani distributors will start negotiations with Indian producers to continue importing movies to Pakistan”, said an owner of a distribution company in Pakistan.