Single-screens ban KJo’s ‘ADHM’ starring Fawad Khan

After Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) banned Pakistani actors from working in India, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors’ Association of India (COEAI) has declared not to screen films featuring Pakistani actors and technicians.

In a circular issued on Friday (Oct. 14), COEAI said, “Keeping in mind the patriotic feeling and national interest, we request all our member-exhibitors from (withholding) screening (of) any movie that has involvement of Pakistani artistes, technicians, etc.”

It is not a permanent decision and the screenings of such films have been suspended until the time things get better between the two countries, according to Nitin Datar, president of COEAI. The suspension has been already initiated in Mumbai territory, which includes Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka.

COEAI covers most single-screen theatres in the country. The Film Federation official website says there are 10,167 single screens in the country. The scope of the ban remains uncertain as of now, as other industry bodies are yet to come to a decision. “We are in the process of requesting other associations connected with film industry to support these sentiments,” COEAI stated.   

Prakash Chaphalkar, member of All-India Multiplex Association, however, said multiplex operators have not taken any decision in this regard yet.

Following the diktat, the films that are at stake include Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, Gauri Shinde’s ‘Dear Zindagi’ which has Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar in a cameo, and Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Raees’ starring Mahira Khan.

Meanwhile, the makers of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ have issued a statement asserting that the film has been cleared by the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and will release on 28 October as announced earlier.