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Pakistani’s key cinema operators stop screening of Indian films

KARACHI: Nueplex Cinemas and Super Cinema, the two largest movie theatre operators of the country, has stopped screening of Bollywood films in the wake of Indian aggression, Samaa reported. “To express solidarity with the Armed Forces of Pakistan, the Management of Nueplex Cinemas has decided to stop screening of Indian films with immediate effect. We...

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 30, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 30, 2016 | Last Updated: 5 years ago

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KARACHI: Nueplex Cinemas and Super Cinema, the two largest movie theatre operators of the country, has stopped screening of Bollywood films in the wake of Indian aggression, Samaa reported.

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“To express solidarity with the Armed Forces of Pakistan, the Management of Nueplex Cinemas has decided to stop screening of Indian films with immediate effect. We will keep our patrons informed of further development in this matter,” the cinema management said through its Facebook account.

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“We will suspend the exhibition of Indian films till normalcy,” said Nadeem Mandviwalla, owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment which runs Atrium Cinemas in Karachi and Centaurus in Islamabad. “No Indian movies will play in my cinemas from Friday onwards for sure,” he said.

Super Cinemas owner Khorem Gultasab echoed Mandviwalla’s sentiments, saying he has already stopped screening any Indian films at his facilities. “We didn’t wait for an official declaration by exhibitors. From Friday onwards, no Bollywood film will be screened at Super Cinemas for at least two weeks to show solidarity with our actors and our military,” he said.

Although Cinepax – Pakistan’s largest network of cinemas – had not yet banned any Indian movies, a senior official of cinema chain said it would follow suit if film exhibitors take a mutual decision in this regard.

Pakistani cinema operators took the decision after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) banned all Pakistani artists from working in film projects in India.

Yesterday, soon after Indian claims about surgical strikes inside Pakistan, a resolution was tabled in the Punjab Assembly calling for boycott of Indian contains, seeking to sever cultural ties with India. – Samaa

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