Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil to release in Pakistan

Published: January 26, 2017
Screen grab from the film Kaabil

Screen grab from the film Kaabil

Authorities have given clearance to Indian film Kaabil, and it is all set to hit Pakistani screens.

“Hum Films has received the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for screening Kaabil, and it will be released in the country soon,” officials of the private enterprise told The Express Tribune.

However, Central Board of Film Certification chairman Mobashir Hasan told The Express Tribune that despite the NOC, the film was subject to clearance from the censor board.


The film’s release will mark the end of the self-imposed ban on Bollywood films in Pakistan.

Govt likely to allow screening of Indian films

Following ‘surgical strikes’ across the Line of Control, cinema owners in September 2016 had decided not to screen Indian movies until tensions between two countries recede. They took the decision after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association banned all Pakistani artists from working in film projects in India.

Produced by Rakesh Roshan, Kaabil is a love story of a blind couple, and was released in India on January 25.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 26, 2017 - 8:16PM

    So much for Bollly wood movies being banned with great fanfare a few weeks back. Recommend

  • ToThePoint
    Jan 26, 2017 - 10:10PM

    I strongly protest the release of these Bollywood movies in Pakistan. Does releasing these movies here soften our image or change the attitude of the Indians? It is not just the Indian government, but the Indian nation is also commonly vindictive towards Pakistanis. When India continues to hold a ban on cricket matches and actively blocks all forms of contacts, when India has tried to damage us economically and when it has acted in a petty manner to even block UN projects in Pakistan, and when the Indian nation has acted in such a vile manner, why are we letting their movies being released here? Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jan 26, 2017 - 11:20PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Indian producers can show some grit and passion for their country and stop selling movies to Pakistani distributors which they won’t. Every businessmen likes to earn money for his product and it’s same on both sides of border. Recommend

  • Durga sarangi
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:07AM

    instead of ban why don’t you tell your people not to watch any bollywood movies. Its a better option, Bollywood movies will automatically not release in pakistan and our indian producer who are casting pakistani actor only to get some money from pakistan also stay out from casting pakistani actor/actress and only focus only in indian bussiness which is value is more then INR400core or about PKR650 coreRecommend

  • mirestan
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:13AM

    If Pakistan shows Indian movies , will be the most disgraceful event of the Nawaz regime. Pakistani Cima owners will be the shame of Pakistan. No self-respect if anyone wants to see these moves.Recommend

  • ToThePoint
    Jan 27, 2017 - 11:43AM

    @Durga sarangi: If it were so easy, why couldn’t the Indian government allow cricket matches and tell the Indian public to not attend them? Make a practical suggestion.Recommend

  • Rex
    Jan 27, 2017 - 12:34PM

    This is not good. It will contribute to the destruction of Pakistani cinema as well as corrupt Pakistani society with Indian influence.

    Note to the censors of comments at Tribune: You have lately been barring ALL comments that I post. This one should be to your liking, so please let it post. I am a good boy now.Recommend

  • Yogesh
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:10PM

    Ask yourself why has the Indian attitude changed in the last decade? All this pushback you see is the manifestation of terrorism purported on our soil by your ‘establishment’. Try and convict the culprits of 26/11 and see the change in our attitude.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jan 27, 2017 - 1:46PM

    We are 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. It is clear we need them. They do not need us.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 27, 2017 - 2:11PM

    That cannot be called as ban at all. A ban should be for a year or two atleast. Timing is also bad, there had been no positives from India.Recommend

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