OMG: Pakistani filmmakers are trying to stop Salman Khan’s Tubelight from releasing in Eid
The Eid releases are often booked by Salman Khan. However, Salman Khan‘s highly anticipated film, Tubelight might not release in Pakistan around the Eid as a few local filmmakers and organizations have demanded the release of the film in the country be put on hold. The Pakistan Film Distributors Association and the Pakistan Film Producers Association, along with various local film-makers, are actively trying to stall the release of Tubelight, citing better business for the Pakistani films scheduled to release at the same time.
According to the protesters, as decided by the Federal Ministry of Information in 2010, the release of any Indian film on a Muslim holiday in Pakistan is forbidden. The filmmakers are even ready to take the matter to court, if required. Yalghaar and Shor Sharaba are two Pakistani films that have currently been slated for a release on the Eid 2017. “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.
“The movie is supposed to release on Eidul Fitr and if the government doesn’t stall Tubelight, I will not release my film as a protest,” added the filmmaker.According to sources, the filmmakers will first urge the government to not give an NOC to Tubelight and for this, the associations are planning to write an official letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. 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.