Pakistan government has revised its two-week restriction on Bollywood releases in the country on the occasions of Eid, reducing it to one week, reports said.
This may avert a likely clash between Salman Khan’s high-octane “Race 3” and Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanjay Dutt biopic “Sanju” — both big-ticket movies — at the Pakistan box office, which will already be busy with four local films releasing on the festive weekend.
The initial decision, taken as a means to promote the local film industry, restricted cinemas in Pakistan from screening Indian movies two days before and two weeks after the Eid days. Eid ul Fitr falls on June 15 or June 16 this year.
“Keeping in view the importance of local film industry and exhibition facilities, the government has decided that screening of Indian movies shall be restricted for a period of one week in total, starting from Eid day on both Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha,” Danyal Gilani, Chairman, Central Board of Film Censors, said in a communication on behalf of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage.
In 2016, Pakistan had banned Indian movies altogether but lifted the ban later. Earlier, the popularity of Bollywood almost eclipsed the local movie culture in the country, but in the past few years, filmmakers from Pakistan have come into their own.