Exhibitors find a way to screen Indian films on Eid

Published: September 2, 2010

Cinemas in Pakistan rely on Bollywood films to earn profits, particularly during the long Eid holidays. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Despite the Federal Minister of Culture Pir Aftab Jillani’s announcement that Indian films will not be shown in cinemas this Eid, the Ministry of Culture has not issued a notification in this regard.

The Express Tribune has learned that We Are Family, which stars Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, has been issued a no objection certificate (NOC) by the ministry for its release and will be released this month.

Film exhibitors and cinema owners told The Express Tribune that there had not received any notifications about the screening of Indian films on Eid. “There are only verbal instructions that no Indian film can be released 15 days before the release of a Pakistani film,” a film exhibitor said.  Exhibitors say that We Are Family will be released before Eid and will continue screening during the holiday, and the screening of Peepli Live will also continue. The fate of just one Indian film – the highly awaited Dabangg starring Salman Khan – still hangs in the balance as it hasn’t been given an NOC yet.  However, exhibitors believe that Dabangg might be allowed screening in Sindh as all the four Pakistani films scheduled to release on Eid are in Punjabi and cinemas in Sindh do not usually screen Punjabi films

Multiplexes in Lahore, however, will not screen Pakistani films and will show Hollywood films and an Indian film. Pakistan Cinema Management Association Chairman Qaiser Sanaullah Khan said that a multiplex needs to run four shows a day. “Peepli Live is already being screened. We are Family has been given an NOC and two Hollywood films, Inception and The Expendables, will also be screened on Eid. So they wouldn’t have any problem,” he said.

Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association Chairman Zoraiz Lashari said that cinemas like the DHA Cinema in Lahore were planning not to screen Punjabi films as they do not have a market for them. “As far as the screening of Indian films is concerned, the minister of culture has given just verbal instructions and no notification has been issued so far,” he said.

Ministry of Culture officials confirmed that no notification has been issued banning the release of Indian films on Eid, but said that it might be issued soon.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2010.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Fatima
    Sep 2, 2010 - 3:18PM

    i Hope To See Film Salman Khan DABANGG in Pahistan ?Recommend

  • Anoop
    Sep 2, 2010 - 10:55PM

    So, the countries, that Pakistanis distrust most,namely India and US, dominate the Movie Culture in Paksitan. Interesting and confusing at the same time.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Sep 3, 2010 - 2:19AM

    This is very sad..I must saw our cinema owners have sold themselves to Indian films completly!
    Even they have now started releasing Indian Films in thier cinemas in Ramadan aswell,so that if the indian films are ban on Eid,they have some Indian material to show.Sad….utteryly sad…I am in favour of Indian flicks being released but atleast not on our festivals like Eid!

    Shame on Cinema Owners!Recommend

  • Anoop
    Sep 3, 2010 - 4:09PM

    @Ahsan,

    Dude, its an Indian Muslim’s movie- Salman Khan. So, cheer up! Recommend

  • umair malick
    Sep 8, 2010 - 3:23PM

    v are dyingly waiting for dabangg…plz release dabangg…Recommend

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