Following the MNS threat, Pakistan now boycotts MS Dhoni biopic
MS Dhoni – The Untold Story has been boycotted by Pakistan government in the wake of a recent warning by Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) given to Pakistani actors, who work at Bollywood, to leave India. The recent tension between these two countries intensified due to the terrorist attack at Indian army tent in Uri, close to Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir.
A report in Mid-Day says Pakistani distributors have decided to not bring MS Dhoni –The Untold Story, the biopic on India’s limited over captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to their country.
The tabloid has quoted a source from the exhibition industry in Pakistan as saying, “The film does not feature in the programming list since no distributor wants to bring it here.”
Pakistan-based distribution company IMGC Global Entertainment was initially supposed to release MS Dhoni-The Untold Story in Pakistan but looks like that is not happening given the current India-Pakistan political scenario.
Chairman of IMGC Global Entertainment Ahmed Rashid was quoted by the tabloid as saying, “Amid current tension between the two countries, we have decided not to release the film here. This development will affect the business.”
The biopic is directed by Neeraj Pandey, is slated for release this Friday, September 30. The film will not see a release in Pakistan owing to the growing discord between India and Pakistan.
The Lahore High Court also saw a petition filed on September 23, calling for a ban on all Indian films till the Kashmir issue is resolved, reports the tabloid. Lawyer Azhar Siddique, who filed the PIL, is said to have claimed that running Bollywood films in local cinemas in Pakistan will “hurt sentiments of the people in Pakistan and Kashmir”.
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