In India, Salman Khan is not leaving any stone unturned to promote his film ‘Tubelight.’ This is Salman’s most awaited movie and Salman Khan and the film-makers are expecting too much from the film, but, here is a bad news for the film-makers and the star Salman Khan. Pakistan, who always ban almost all the Indian films from releasing in their country, due to one reason or the other is all set to add Salman’s ‘Tubelight’ in the list.
It is heard that, Dabangg Khan’s movie ‘tubelight‘ might not release in Pakistan on Eid or even after that, this will affects the film’s overseas business because Salman has a great fan following base in Pakistan. Few local filmmakers and organisations have demanded the release of the film in the country be put on hold.
The Pakistan Film Association and the Pakistan Film Producers Association, along with various local film-makers are trying to put hold and ban on the release of Salman’s tubelight in Pakistan. They are admant on their decision of putting hold on Salman’s tubelight, as they are seeking for the better bussiness for the Pakistani films; Yalghaar and Shor Sharaba, scheduled to release at the same time, reports tribune.com.pk.
We hear, the chances of Tubelight having a late release in Pakistan is also out of question since the distributors have to pay a huge sum of approximately $5 lac and nobody would be comfortable paying that huge a sum for a late release. Piracy is also a big player and with a late release, the distributors may lose as big as 30% of business due to it.
“Indian films dominate our box office the whole year round. It’s only fair that Eid — being a Muslim festival — should not be. Besides, as Pakistanis, we must support the release of local content first,” said Sohail Khan, producer of Shor Sharaba. Lately, he also added that, “Shor Sharaba is supposed to release on Eid-ul-Fitr and if the government doesn’t stall Tubelight, I will not release my film as a protest.”
According to the sources, the association is planning to write a letter to Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif., urging him not to give the NOC (Non Objectional Certificate) to ‘tubelight.
Also, they held a meeting here wherein it was decided that the entire Pakistani film industry — even its technicians and other less prominent members — will join the planned protest to stop “Tubelight” from being released on the Eid, reports tribune.com.pk.
It’s been decided that all those related to the Pakistani film industry will support the Pakistani films that are supposed to release on Eidul Fitr,” confirmed filmmaker Altaf Hussain.
Actor Mustafa Qureshi said the government should always give top priority to local projects.
“I have always maintained that there should be a complete ban on Indian films,” he said.
Directed by Kabir Khan, Tubelight also features Chinese actress Zhu Zhu. Another big hurdle for Tubelight is also its Indo-China war subject.