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As known to most, Uri (Jammu and Kashmir) attacks in September had given rise to political tensions in both India and Pakistan. As a result of this Pakistani artistes and technicians were banned by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) from participating in Bollywood films and in response to this, theater owners and exhibitors in Pakistan had temporarily stopped screening Indian films.
Although earlier this year, Pakistan had lifted the ban on Indian films from being screened, things are still not back to normal as far as the relations between the two nations are concerned.
We just learned that the release of Aamir Khan’s Dangal, which was all set to hit the screens in the neighboring country, has met with a roadblock. They have made two surprising demands which Khan is not okay with.
A source was quoted as saying, “When the film went to the Pakistan censor board, they were fine with it except for two particular scenes towards the end — one in which the Indian flag is shown and another in which the Indian national anthem is played after Geeta Phogat (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh) wins the gold medal. The Pakistan censors wanted the scenes to be edited out before they gave Dangal the green signal.”
But Aamir, who also donned the producer’s hat for this one, felt that the ‘demand for the two cuts was surprising because the film isn’t jingoistic in nature’.
The source says, “It’s a sports-based biopic with no direct or indirect reference to Pakistan. The film only highlights India’s nationalistic sentiment, so what is the reason to chop off those scenes?”
After listening to their unreasonable demands, Aamir has decided that he would not release Dangal, which amassed Rs 385 crore at the Indian box office, in Pakistan.
The source added, “It will result in an economic loss to the tune of Rs 10-12 crore, as Pakistan is an important international territory vis-à-vis money, but he isn’t willing to edit the scenes in question. He is aware that not releasing the film could lead to piracy, but he is sure about what he won’t do.”
Aamir was unavailable for comments but his spokesperson has confirmed the news. This might be considered as an unwise business move but, rightly so, Mr. Perfectionist is not willing to comprise with his principles.