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Pakistan Responds To IMPPA With A Ban On Bollywood Films Nationwide

Showbiz Oct 02, 2016

The Indo-Pak war continues as Pakistan makes a decision to ban Bollywood films throughout the country. . .

For decades, India and and Pakistan have been at a war of words, cultures, land, politics and now the arts as Pakistan makes a landmark decision to ban Indian films throughout the country.

The country's decision comes on the heels of the Indian government's ban on Pakistani artists such as actors and skilled technicians from working on film sets in India. This decision was imposed by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA).

Online art showcasing ban on Bollywood films in Pakistan.
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A popular theater in Pakistani, Lahore Super Cinema, posted a message on social media stating their stance on the ban and the action they decided to take nationwide: "In solidarity with Pakistan Army and our film actors, Super Cinema being one of the largest Cinema operators in Pakistan hereby announce boycotting of Indian films in all our cinemas with immediate effect for an indefinite period."

Facebook post by Super Cinemas.
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On September 30, 2016 the Pakistan Film Exhibitors and Distributors Group made a statement showcasing their disappointment: "It is deeply regrettable that a film trade body, the IMPPA, has passed a resolution to ban Pakistani stars and technicians from working in India" it read. "The majority stake holders of the [Pakistani] film industry have decided to suspend the screening of all Indian films until normalcy returns," it continued.

Tension has been rife between both countries, but that tension rose to an all-time high on Thursday when India claimed it had carried out "surgical strikes" across the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir. The public admission of such an action against alleged "terrorist units" prompted anger in Pakistan, with both sides reporting fresh cross-border shooting but no casualties.

As expected, celebrities on both sides of the border have now jumped into the conversation, sparking lots of outrage among film viewers.

Bollywood star Salman Khan saw a vicious social media backlash after he was reported as saying that Pakistani artists should not be equated with terrorists.

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
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While singer Adnan Sami, British-born but of Pakistani origin who received Indian citizenship last year, has been slated on Twitter by Pakistanis since praising Indian forces.

Playback singer and pop artist Adnan Sami.
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Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt received a similar roasting when he posted an image of himself calling for peace.

Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt.
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I think its safe to say that this Diwali's anticipated film release, Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, will hold a tone of bitterness upon its release. The film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Trailer (2016).
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Bitterness, why? Well Fawad Khan has been a celebrated actor of late in Bollywood but he hails from Pakistan. I guess that means he won't be able to give any more award worthy performances any time soon. And his recent film? Well it won't be seen by his community in Pakistan . . . for now at least.

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