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Saturday, 15 October 2016 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai
Ahead of Karan Johar’s film ‘Ae dil hai mushkil’ (ADHM) hitting the screens across the country on October 28, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors’ Association of India (COEAI) announced on Friday that it had asked the theatre owners owing allegiance to it to keep “on hold” the release of ADHM and all other movies featuring Pakistani actors, as long as relations between New Delhi and Islamabad are bitter.
“Keeping the prevailing public sentiments in mind, we have decided to keep on hold the release of all films featuring Pakistani actors in them till such time there is turmoil in the relations between India and Pakistan. We will review our decision once the relations between the two countries return to normal,” COEAI’s president Nitin Datar told The Pioneer.
There are 400-odd theatre owner-members in COEAI. These members own single screen theatres in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.
When asked if there was any time-frame for suspension of screening of films starring Pakistani actors, Datar said, “There is no such time-frame. We will revisit the issue once the situation between the countries returns to normal”.
Pakistani actor Fawad Khan co-stars with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in ADHM.
Raees, which is slated for release on January 26, 2017, is another film that stars a Pakistani actor. With Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, Raees features among others Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan.
Datar said that COEAI’s decision had nothing to do with the resolution passed by the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) on September 29, banning Pakistani actors and technicians in India till normalcy returned.
Meanwhile, IMPPA’s vice-president Ashok Pandit put out a series of tweets, disapproving the COEAI’s decision. “Exhibitors Association not releasing completed films with #PakActors, due to fear of loss to property is a dangerous trend. #BanPakArtists”….. While IMPPA has banned Pak artists, it also believes that release of complete & underproduction films shouldn’t be disturbed”.
“I wish @karanjohar & others had convinced their #PakActors to condemn #UriAttack & avoided these bans against their release. #PakStarsOnHold….. It was also the responsibility of @karanjohar & other Producers, who had #PakActors in their films, to make them condemn #UriAttack,” Pandit added.
Pandit’s statement comes on the heels of the IMPPA office-bearers taking up the issue with the Raj Thackeray-led MNS for release of ADHM and Raees in Maharashtra.
IMPPA chief TP Aggarwal and a few other functionaries from the film body had met Shalini Thackeray, working president of Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, early this month and urged her to drop the MNS’ plans to stall the release of ADHM.
In a related development, filmmaker Vikram Bhatt said it was unfair to ban the films, starring Pakistani artistes, which were ready for release.
“When you have decided that you won’t work with Pakistani talent, it should apply from now on. It can’t be on something that has been already done in the past when the relationship was not this hard. I don’t think it is right for one producer to pay the price of this decision,” Bhatt said.
It was the MNS that triggered protests against Pakistani actors. On September 23, the MNS gave an ultimatum to all Pakistani artistes and performers to leave the country within 48 hours, following which, all Pakistani actors and artistes left Mumbai and returned to Pakistan.
Subsequently on September 27, the MNS activists staged a protest in front of the production house of filmmaker Karan Johar, leading to the arrest of 15 of them.
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