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Captain Marvel is not releasing in Pakistan yet but it isn’t because of India

March 14, 2019
 

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Pakistani fans won’t be able to watch one of the most anticipated films of the year, Captain Marvel, in cinemas but it isn’t because of India.

According to Cinepax cinemas, the film, which opened on March 8 across the world, will not be releasing in Pakistan as Disney’s regional office did not give Pakistan the rights to run it.

“We don’t have any further information on this, however, work to bring in Captain Marvel is being done. It cannot be specified at the moment whether other Disney movies will be coming to Pakistan or not,” Cinepax told SAMAA Digital.

Nevertheless, fans were quick to blame India for Disney’s refusal. Social media users claimed that Disney’s South Asia Regional Office is in India and that it is being run by a man named Mahesh Samat, which might be the reason why Pakistan didn’t get the rights to distribute the film.

“The speculation of Captain Marvel not being released in Pakistan because Disney’s South Asia Regional Office is in India is baseless,” Nadeem Mandviwalla told SAMAA Digital. He is the head of Mandviwalla Entertainment, one of Pakistan’s biggest film importers, distributors, and exhibitors.

“The office is indeed in India but this can never be the reason why Disney is not giving Pakistan the rights to run Captain Marvel,” he said.

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“The negotiations to bring Disney’s movie Captain Marvel to Pakistan are taking place,” said Eveready Group of Companies General Manager Aziz Pasha. Eveready Pictures is the local distributor for Disney movies and obtains the rights to the movies. It then gives movies to local cinemas to screen for audiences.

“However the case is that some other distribution company has offered Disney three times the money we pay to import the film to Pakistan. Now, Disney wants us to make a higher offer in order to take the film,” he said.

“We have been importing Disney movies to Pakistan for the past five years, and the negotiations will likely be settled at the earliest,” said Pasha. He said if the negotiations are successful, they will be able to screen Captain Marvel in Pakistan.

Captain Marvel is one of the most anticipated films of the year and the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain Marvel is expected to play a crucial role in the completion of the Avengers’ saga.

Disney’s Avengers: End Game is releasing next month on April 24  and we will have to see whether Eveready or another group gets the rights to screen it in Pakistan. Pasha said they will also negotiate for the movie when the time comes.

Captain Marvel was scheduled to release in Pakistan on March 15.

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30 Comments

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    Paki MCU Fan   March 14, 2019 10:10 pm/ Reply

    What a sad situation. Hope this does not happen with the most anticipated film of the year, Avengers Endgame. Clean your stuff up Everready, Time is at the earliest and you’re losing billions of rupees everyday.

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    Syed Waqar Hussain naqvi   March 15, 2019 2:31 pm/ Reply

    A very sorry state of affairs. I always believed that our companies in relation to distribution are much wiser and professional than the bloody Indian monopoly to get good movies like captain marvel and avengers endgame. Disney people are idiots if they are tipsy with Indian monopoly our companies should go for independent territory rights for Pakistan.

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      Maaz Kalim   April 1, 2019 1:26 pm/ Reply

      What’s an “independent territory rights”?

      Forget about knowing the “A-B-C-D” of media commerce — are you even hearing yourself?

      This has NO-THING to do with geopolitics as save for rescinding the “Most Favoured Nation” privilege, the central government hasn’t done anything offically, yet. Let alone sanctions.

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    Singh   March 15, 2019 2:51 pm/ Reply

    We can watch for free on pirate. Cheers india

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      Anonymous   April 17, 2019 12:59 am/ Reply

      ]but original is fun. Pirated sucks lol. You deserve pirated

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    Ali   March 15, 2019 3:09 pm/ Reply

    Please don’t let this happen with Avengers end game:(

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    Fats   March 15, 2019 3:39 pm/ Reply

    Omg seriously!! I don’t believe this. This shouldn’t happen 🙁 they should release now.

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    Anonymous   March 15, 2019 7:37 pm/ Reply

    Honestly this is just crap , Pakistan has always had problems and always will. Just run the movie, and pay your dues that way you can earn your money and we can watch the movie

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    Sheraz   March 15, 2019 9:22 pm/ Reply

    Good indian now you succeed surgical strike 3.0

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    ali   March 15, 2019 9:27 pm/ Reply

    who the heck is Mahesh Samat and who gives him the right to make a decision for Pakistan

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      Maaz Kalim   April 1, 2019 2:19 pm/ Reply

      ‘Dear’ “Hinduphobe”, Mr Samat is the 2-time once resigned employee of Disney® India and then, Disney® South[east] Asia.

      His position in the company should be best understood as a CEO. Anything else?

      Because unlike your compatriots fanning rumours over his name all Thanks to his presumed religious-affiliation (just like their “friends” in Indian nationalism), he’s a “Baniya” (businessperson) first and anything else, later. Disney® won’t tolerate an executive who makes collateral damages due to political-issues and deliberately costs lacs of PKRs in opportunity-costs. So, give it a rest, huh?
      At last, need I spell-out “who the […] gives him the right to make a decision for territories under his domain?” or just like you learned to swear with cliché words in English, your virtual-“Madrassa” education has at least enlightened you with chain-of-command in Occidental Corporate culture?

      Because in any case, AFAIK — would it still be relevant if I open your eyes to yet-another enlightenment that he has been demoted to a new role for Asia Pacific region? Nope, ostensibly not as a “retribution” — and certainly not over a single release in a single country when Disney® is much more than just movies, anyways. But in an ostensible preparation for the mega-integration. He’s most likely to be replaced by Mr Uday Shankar (nothing to do with a legendary dancer), a yet-another “Hindu” executive who rose through the ranks — once the transfer becomes effective.

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    Ali Zahid   March 16, 2019 1:16 am/ Reply

    Don’t do this same to avengers end game. Fans are waiting since infinity war.

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    Hamza   March 16, 2019 6:52 am/ Reply

    Well i don’t care Because it’s most criticized Marvel disney movie on internet and it has stupid action scenes and slow paced story the character is boring it’s not like Captain America according to trailer i watched so chill Pakistanis it’s not a important movie and i know it’s an indian propaganda so no worries they deserve this kind of boring movie and by the way We Have Avengers End Game and Spiderman Far from home like movie’s etc And most important we have DC Movies upcoming so no worries

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      TheWiseGuy   March 16, 2019 7:19 pm/ Reply

      You must be so mindless. Captain Marvel is an integral part of both Endgame and the MCU in its entirety. You’re saying that we should not worry about this and look forward to upcoming movies? Mind my language as I cant control my anger but you must be so so stupid cause Captain Marvel, Endgame and Far From Home are all Disney movies so if Captain Marvel doesnt get released, neither will the rest. You’re welcome.

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        NotSoWiseGuy   March 18, 2019 12:52 pm/ Reply

        Far from home’s distributor is Sony not Disney. so we will definitely get that one.

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      Maaz Kalim   April 1, 2019 2:22 pm/ Reply

      “Marvel disney[sic]:” Eh??!

      Now, what on Earth does that even mean?

      More clarifications will be solicited later.

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    Ahmed A.   March 16, 2019 2:13 pm/ Reply

    But Avengers Endgame should be release in Pakistan in any cost.

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    Kareem Bux   March 16, 2019 4:39 pm/ Reply

    Pakistani try to see it online from any Indian Sites in Hindi dubbed in all resolutions.
    Bhi Pakistani Tension ko le rahi ho m n to first dn he dekh li he .online p.

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      Waleed Raza   March 16, 2019 8:32 pm/ Reply

      Yaar phir pakistan ka is mushkil waqt me sath do, share the link, do your part :p

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    Saleem   March 16, 2019 9:23 pm/ Reply

    Please negotiate the problem and let the movies get released especially MCU.

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    سلمان   March 17, 2019 10:33 am/ Reply

    مجھے کیپٹن مارول کے ریلیز نا ہونے سے زیادہ غصہ اس بات پر ہے کہ کسی نے بھی پاکستان کی اس عوام کا نہیں سوچا جن کی زندگی میں آگے ہی کوئی بہت زیادہ خوشیاں موجود نہیں ہیں۔ اگر یہ فلم انہیں اچھی تفریح فراہم کرتی ہے تو اس میں کیا برائی ہے؟ کسی نے بھی فینز کا نہیں سوچا سب نے اپنے پیسوں کا ہی سوچا ہے

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    noname   March 17, 2019 1:50 pm/ Reply

    To hell with it. Every movie released in india eventually gets pirated from there and made available online.

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    mcu fan   March 18, 2019 6:14 pm/ Reply

    agar end game na ayi to me mar jao ga;(

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    Darinda   March 19, 2019 7:39 pm/ Reply

    End game k sath na istrha krna, paisay mujh se le lena lekin film time pe release krma

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    Nadeem   March 25, 2019 4:43 pm/ Reply

    I am.l a huge fan of Marvel movies. I truly hoped that Captain Marvel will get released eventually but decided not to wait anymore and watched it yesterday. I don’t watch movies until master print is released either but this time Won’t get one before Avengers Endgame.
    I hope everything sorts out till then and at least future movies get released in Pakistan.
    However, we should remember these are just some movies made by and distributed by people to earn money and we the audience get some entertainment along the way. Be calm and go and watch the movies that are available and you can watch these later when the digital and DVDs etc. get released.
    I hope everyone gets my point.

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    Gulzoa   March 26, 2019 9:19 pm/ Reply

    This is wholly not fair for the people of Pakistan , since including me there is a huge fan base of marvel movies in Pakistan and everyone knows that..please Khuda ke waste aisi ghalti mat karna distributors keh you guys dont release Avengers Endgame just let it happen..clear your dues and thats it ..its not that big of a deal please yar aisa mat karo..we survived it for captain marvel but could not against Avengers Endgame ..please

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    Shiza   March 27, 2019 2:05 am/ Reply

    I hope everything sort out before endgame release..

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    Shiza   March 27, 2019 2:06 am/ Reply

    I hope everything sort out before endgame release

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    Maaz Kalim   April 1, 2019 2:36 pm/ Reply

    I pity every single person here exhibiting the “fanaticism” syndrome just like anywhere else across the globe!

    Even though Pakistan has way more to go.

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    Khangee   April 13, 2019 2:14 pm/ Reply

    kya YTS par bhi nahi aye ga?

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