Pakistan has now stopped issuing No Objection Certificates for the release of Indian films in the country. This effectively stops the release of new films like Gunday and Hasee Toh Phasee.
The Federal Information and Broadcasting Ministry has told distributors and exhibitors of Indian films that it is processing new laws and regulations and NOCs will not be issued till these are approved by the federal cabinet.
Nawab Siddiqui, who is one of Pakistan’s leading distributors and exhibitors, runs the Atrium Cineplex in Karachi. He says the authorities stopped the screening of Indian movies last month and this has affected a lot of distributors like himself.
“The whole process has just been stopped and we couldn’t get NOCs for new films like Gunday and Hasee Toh Phasee, which were eagerly anticipated in our cinemas,” he said.
“Investors and business groups are very worried because they have invested millions of rupees while new parties are willing to channel investment, but now everything is at a standstill for the last few weeks as no new Indian films have been released,” he added.
“The irony is that pirated copies of Gunday are being aired on cable across Karachi but it can’t be shown legally in cinemas,” he pointed out.