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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story won't be screened in Pakistan?

Simmering tensions between the neighbours could deprive Pakistani fans of the popular Indian cricketer’s biopic.

Mayur Lookhar

Often cinema gets sandwiched in the political slugfest between India and Pakistan. After a local political party, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), demanded a blanket ban on Pakistani artistes in India, a response from the neighbour was inevitable. Reports suggest Pakistani distributors may not screen M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story in their country.

The biopic on India's most successful One-Day International and Test captain releases worldwide on Friday (30 September), but Dhoni’s fans in Pakistani could be deprived of the opportunity to see the film. As per reports, IMGC (International Multi Group of Companies) Global Pvt Ltd, which is distributing the film in Pakistan, has decided against screening it there.

Amjad Rasheed, chairman, IMGC Global, was quoted as saying, “Amid current tension between the two countries, we have decided not to release the film.”

We tried contacting IMGC chairman and vice-chairman Atif Rasheed, but they did not respond to our e-mail till the time of publishing this report. Fox Star CEO Vijay Singh, too, did not respond to our text message.

The relationship between India and Pakistan is tense after the terrorist attack on a military camp in Uri, Kashmir, with the Indian government blaming it on crossborder terrorism. 

Indian films being banned in Pakistan is not a new phenomenon. In the recent past, films like Dishoom (2016), Neerja (2016), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Agent Vinod (2012), Phantom (2015) and Baby (2015) were banned in Pakistan.