Web Desk: As per reports in Indian media, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) has decided that no films starring any Pakistani actors will be released in theatres. And the first victim of this threat is Karan Johar’s movie ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, learnt 24 News.
Karan Johar’s ambitious film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, in all likelihood, will not be able to keep its date with cinema screens this Diwali, reported Times of India.
President of the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI), Mr. Nitin Datar said that the cinema owners are requested to ban the movies until Pakistan-India relations return to normalcy.
“Keeping in mind the patriotic feeling and the national interest in mind, we request all our member exhibitors to refrain from screening movies which have involvement of any Pakistani artists, technicians, directors, music directors, etc. Till the relation between India and Pakistan becomes normal, no films with Pakistani actors can be released,”the COEAI was quoted as saying.
About screening of “Raees”-another movie featuring Pakistani actor Mahira Khan- Mr. Nitin Datar made it conditional with the nature of bilateral relations as they unfold in future.
“We will see in the future. If the situation normalises, we will screen ‘Raees.’ It’s not a decision we can take now,” he was quoted as saying.
It may be noted that a brouhaha has been caused by Indian authorities post Uri attack in their search for a “befitting response” to Pakistan. Targeting the Pakistani actors working in India is one aspect of the misplaced Indian rage. By this misplaced rage of India, Pakistani actors including Fawad Khan and Mahira have been affected the most.
Earlier Fawad Khan was even threatened by Indian extremist organizations to leave the country within 48-hours when it was only learnt later on that Fawad Khan was already in Pakistan and had been in Lahore since July this year.
Simultaneously Pakistani cinemas also considered the option of not screening Indian movies in major Pakistani cinemas in a token “solidarity” measure with the armed forces of Pakistan after loss of life at the LoC amidst cross-border firing.