Screening new Bollywood films in Pakistan will take time

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Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The screening of latest Bollywood films in Pakistan will take time, says Nadeem Mandviwala, owner of the Cineplex at Centaurus.

The Dawn newspaper on Thursday quoted Mandviwala as saying that the ball was in India’s court.

In September, cinema owners in Pakistan decided not to screen Indian movies until tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad abated.

The Pakistani decision followed the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association’s ban on Pakistani actors in Indian movies.

The decision caused financial losses to Pakistani cinemas, which were forced to reduce the number of shows as audience numbers fell, the Dawn reported.

The move to lift the ban on Indian movies was made last week and older Indian movies already shown in Pakistan are being screened again.

Mandviwala said he didn’t think they will get latest Indian movies immediately.

“It can take days, weeks and even months to start screening new movies. We have lifted the ban and now it is up to Indian distributors whether they will sell movies to Pakistan.

“Once Indian distributors agree to sell movies, we will have to get a no objection certificate (NOC) from the government. If the NOC is issued, the movies will have to be cleared by Pakistan Censor Board.

“After that we will be in a position to say that new (Indian) movies can be screened in Pakistan,” he added.

–IANS

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