Bollywood film Dangal will not be screened in Pakistan, the distributors of the film said in a statement. They denied media reports suggesting that the Aamir Khan-starrer would be released in the neighbouring country, PTI reported on Tuesday. They said “any news reports to the contrary are false”.
This comes a day after Pakistani cinema houses lifted the temporary ban on Indian films imposed in the wake of escalated tensions between the two countries. Cinema owners in Pakistan incurred Rs 150 million in losses after screenings of Indian movies were suspended, an official had told PTI.
On September 30, Pakistani cinemas had said that they would not screen Indian films, a day after the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association banned Pakistani actors and technicians from shooting in the country till “normalcy” returned. Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had also asked all Pakistani artists to leave India.
Relations between Delhi and Islamabad have soured since the Indian Army conducted “surgical strikes” on “terror camps” along the Line of Control with Pakistan in September. On September 18, militants attacked an Indian Army installation in Kashmir’s Uri sector, killing 18 soldiers.