Govt likely to allow screening of Indian films

Published: January 25, 2017

LAHORE: Cinemas in Pakistan will again start screening Indian movies nearly four months after imposing a ban on films from across the border over military tensions.

Sources in the federal information ministry told The Express Tribune on Tuesday that the PM’s Secretariat is likely to allow the release of Indian movies in the country and hopefully a notification in this regard will be issued soon.

Pakistani cinema owners all set to lift self-imposed ban on Indian films

Two Indian movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ are likely to be screened in cinemas this week.

The suspension of Indian screenings came after Bollywood producers banned Pakistani artists in Indian films. Financial considerations also motivated the lifting of the ban as cinema owners made losses.

Cinema owners were lobbying Nawaz Sharif to lift the ban and last week the prime minister constituted a committee in which all stakeholders were given representations.

The committee under the supervision of Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb and Irfan Siddiqui had forwarded its recommendations to the PM’s Secretariat after holding negotiations with all stakeholders.

According to the recommendations, it was advised that the old policy that was in place before the screening of Indian films was suspended in the country should be maintained.

According to the sources, during its third meeting held on Tuesday, the committee finalised its recommendations and sent a summary to the PM’s Secretariat.

Film Exhibitors Association Chairman Zoraiz Lashari confirmed the development to The Express Tribune.

Pakistani cinema owners delay lifting ban on Indian films following Quetta attack

“According to the recommendations, the federal information ministry will issue the NOC for the import of Indian films while provincial censor boards will review them,” adding, “There will be no change in the criteria for the release of Indian films.”

Meanwhile, anticipating the lifting of the ban, a private TV channel has already purchased Indian movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ after paying advance money to Indian distributors.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Giri
    Jan 25, 2017 - 9:29AM

    Now it is very clear whether Indian films need Pakistan or Pakistan needs Indian films. This debate is settled now.Recommend

    Jan 25, 2017 - 9:46AM

    totally unfair as Pakistani Artists still banned in India,,,,
    what else we expect from panama leaks shudda Governement…
    People should boycott the movies in cinemas they can watch online & on dvd’s
    but should not in cinemas to benefit their ultimate enemy….. Recommend

  • Truth
    Jan 25, 2017 - 10:07AM

    Why are we always running behind Bollywood( for movies) World Bank( For water), UN( for Kashmir), ICC( For Cricket with India), IKF( For Kabaddi in India), FIH ( for Hockey in India), ADB( For dam funds), USA & IMF( for aid), and OIC( for lip service) etc. The result was same every time. No one is listening to us. It is clear we need them. They do not need us. Recommend

  • Anz
    Jan 25, 2017 - 10:46AM

    Has bollywood agreed to release movies in pakistanRecommend

  • Mazen
    Jan 25, 2017 - 11:18AM

    Yes Miss Giri We need Bollywood Movies, Anything else you want us to confess please Let us know.

    Regards! Recommend

  • Mazen
    Jan 25, 2017 - 11:20AM

    LOL Yeah They Might Decline our request like they didnt allow Dangal to be released in Pakistan. At least One thing is sure they don’t need us more than we need their movies. Recommend

  • Shifu
    Jan 25, 2017 - 11:32AM

    @anz… Pak movies are not even watched in Pak… nobody gonna watch it in freeRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Jan 25, 2017 - 12:39PM

    Passing throug the Federal Information Ministry, means that an intelligence officer would be viewing the film along with the censor board guys in the same room, before posting his stamp of approval. Such activities happen only in places like North Korea and Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Two Cents
    Jan 25, 2017 - 12:54PM

    What nonsense. This article just doesnt add up when you read the rest of the material published on the same issue.
    Earlier, the tribune reported that the government had never imposed a ban and the cinema association had self imposed this ban. Furthermore, we also know that the Govt has repeatedly said it hasnt imposed any ban…so it really cant render a notification to lift it?
    I think its time we started taking in information with a pinch of salt. Recommend

  • Shadab
    Jan 25, 2017 - 1:00PM

    Seems like we were desperately waiting for green signal rather to be yourself. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 25, 2017 - 1:04PM

    Then why banned in the first place? Isnt Pakistani artists working in Indian Cinema against TNT?Recommend

    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:47PM

    …Raees 3/5
    ..Kaabil 4/5Recommend

  • quatro
    Jan 25, 2017 - 2:48PM

    Censorship is suppose to be based on content not where the film was produced. I don’t recall any other Democratic country stooping to such petty tactics. Recommend

  • AD
    Jan 25, 2017 - 3:54PM

    Good News , Enjoy the Music ,dance and blah blah of Indian movies. It will keep your multiplexes awake.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jan 25, 2017 - 6:02PM

    @Giri: Only interested cuz Mahira is there. That’s all :) Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Jan 25, 2017 - 6:56PM

    You would be disappointed then :)Recommend

  • Mohammed Mirza
    Jan 25, 2017 - 7:37PM

    Its time they do something about it!Recommend

  • Vaibhav
    Jan 25, 2017 - 9:14PM

    Yes bro raees and kabbil going to launch in Pakistan.but big ticket movies like complicated,commando 2 and robot 2.0 also going to launch in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Oberoi M
    Jan 26, 2017 - 12:26PM

    I object !!Recommend

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