MS Dhoni: The Untold Story won't be screened in Pakistan; is boycott retaliatory?

FP Staff

Sep,28 2016 14:30:49 IST

As relations between India and Pakistan have steadily worsened in the light of the Uri attacks that left 18 of our military personnel dead, news emerged that the upcoming Bollywood film, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, would not be released in Pakistani theatres.

It seems that Pakistani organisations have called for the film to be boycotted.

At this point it is conjectured that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's call for a ban on Pakistani artistes in India could be the trigger for the move to not screen MS Dhoni: The Untold Story in Pakistan.

Ms Dhoni; Sushant Singh Rajput in a still from the biopic

Ms Dhoni; Sushant Singh Rajput in a still from the biopic

A DNA report stated that IMGC Global Entertainment, a Pakistan-based distribution company was supposed to release the film across the border. However, the firm has now decided against exhibiting the film “amid current tension between the two countries".

The MNS recently issued a diktat asking all Pakistani artistes to leave India within 48 hours, or else "face the consequences". Their campaign also targeted two of Pakistan's most famous faces in the Indian entertainment industry at the moment — Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan.

It emerged that incidentally, Fawad Khan had already left India a while ago: he is expecting his second child and wanted to be with his wife at this time.

At this time, Pink and Banjo are both playing in Pakistani theatres. However, Hindi films have run into trouble in Pakistan from time to time, with several being banned for content deemed contentious/sensitive. The last Bollywood film to be banned there was the John Abraham-Varun Dhawan starrer Dishoom.

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is the biopic of cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Sushant Singh Rajput plays the title role, with Neeraj Pandey as the director. Fox Star Studios is producing the film.

Meanwhile, the VHP demanded a ban on a Shafqat Amanat Ali concert in Bengaluru, calling it an 'insult to Indian martyrs'.

Updated Date: Sep 29, 2016 11:12 AM