Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Shivaay not to release in Pakistan; screenings on hold after Quetta attacks
Putting an end to all speculation it has been confirmed that the two big Diwali releases of this year, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay, will not release in Pakistan.
In light of the Uri attack and the resulting tense situations between the two countries the Pakistan Film Exhibitors and Distributors Association, which includes most owners of cineplexes, multiplexes and single screen cinemas in the country, had announced a voluntary ban on Indian films. But a few days ago, there were reports that the ban might just be lifted.
Zoraiz Lashari, chairman of Pakistani Exhibitors and Distributors Association, had said to PTI, “Our basic demand was to lift the ban on Pakistani actors working in India and the Indian authorities have lifted that ban. Even Fawad Khan’s film is all set to be released in India on time, which is why even we are looking forward to a more positive outcome of this entire scenario.”
However trade analyst Taran Adarsh has been informed by the distributors of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay, Fox Star Studios and Reliance Entertainment respectively, that the films will not be releasing in Pakistan.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 26, 2016
The Indian Express mentions that after receiving no objection certificates for the release of the films from the commerce ministry, the Pakistan Film Exhibitors and Distributors Association had decided to lift the ban by Tuesday. However, after the attack on the Quetta Police Training College in Monday they had to hold back the decision.