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Salman Khan’s Tubelight not to have Eid release in Pakistan?

Salman Khan’s much-awaited film Tubelight has already garnered a lot of attention. And, as the entire nation is eagerly waiting to watch the film, neighbour Pakistan will not get to see Salman’s film on Eid.
India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi May 01, 2017 10:50 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

Salman Khan’s much-awaited film Tubelight has already garnered a lot of attention. And, as the entire nation is eagerly waiting to watch the film, neighbour Pakistan will not get to see Salman’s film on Eid.

Tubelight might not release in Pakistan around the Eid as a few local filmmakers and organizations have demanded the release of the film in the country be put on hold.

The Pakistan Film Distributors Association and the Pakistan Film Producers Association, along with various local film-makers, are actively trying to stall the release of Tubelight, citing better business for the Pakistani films scheduled to release at the same time, reports tribune.com.pk.

According to the protesters, as decided by the Federal Ministry of Information in 2010, the release of any Indian film on a Muslim holiday in Pakistan is forbidden. 

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The filmmakers are even ready to take the matter to court, if required. 

"Yalghaar" and "Shor Sharaba" are two Pakistani films that have currently been slated for a release on the Eid 2017.

"Indian films dominate our box office the whole year round. It's only fair that Eid -- being a Muslim festival -- should not be. Besides, as Pakistanis, we must support the release of local content first," said Sohail Khan, producer of "Shor Sharaba".

"‘Shor Sharaba' is supposed to release on Eidul Fitr and if the government doesn't stall ‘Tubelight', I will not release my film as a protest," he added.

According to sources, the filmmakers will first urge the government to not give an NOC (No Objection Certificate) to "Tubelight" and for this, the associations are planning to write an official letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Also, they held a meeting here wherein it was decided that the entire Pakistani film industry -- even its technicians and other less prominent members -- will join the planned protest to stop "Tubelight" from being released on the Eid, reports tribune.com.pk.

"It's been decided that all those related to the Pakistani film industry will support the Pakistani films that are supposed to release on Eidul Fitr," confirmed filmmaker Altaf Hussain.

Actor Mustafa Qureshi said the government should always give top priority to local projects. 

"I have always maintained that there should be a complete ban on Indian films," he said.

According to sources, the ministry had given directives to stop the release of "Tubelight" and Vidya Balan's "Begum Jaan" well in advance.

Directed by Kabir Khan, Tubelight also features Chinese actress Zhu Zhu.

(With IANS Inputs)