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Salman Khan’s eagerly awaited film ‘Tubelight’ might not open in theaters on Eid in Pakistan as some local filmmakers along with the Film Distributors Association and the Film Producers Association have started a movement to stall the film’s release. They are trying to protect the interest of Pakistani movies such as ‘Yalghaar’ and ‘Shor Sharaba’ and a few others which are slated to open in theaters on the festival.
Those involved in the movement are also citing a law passed by the Federal Ministry of Information in 2010 which forbids the release of any Indian film on a Muslim holiday.
Sohail Khan, the producer of ‘Shor Sharaba’, said, “My film is supposed to release on Eid-ul-Fitr and if the government doesn’t stall ‘Tubelight’, I will not release it as a mark of protest.”
Actor Mustafa Qureshi said in this regard – “If ‘Tubelight’ also releases on Eid, it will certainly hit the business of these Pakistani films and that will not help our industry.”
Chaudhry Ejaz Kamran, the chairman of the Pakistan Film Distributors Association spoke in support of the movement – “It is not fair asking our films to compete with big Bollywood projects on Eid and it is cruel to our industry.”
Producer Altaf Hussain said that the associations are planning to send an official letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well. He shared that a meeting was held in Lahore at which the decision to plan a protest to stall Tubelight’s release was taken by the entire Pakistani film industry.
He voiced – “It has been decided that all those related to the Pakistani film industry will support the Pakistani films that are supposed to release on Eid-ul-Fitr,” Hussain added.
Reportedly, the Ministry had given directives to stop the release of ‘Tubelight’ and Vidya Balan’s ‘Begum Jaan’ in advance. Let’s see what becomes of this. Keep watching this space for more.