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Pak exhibitors ban Indian films; producers’ association member resigns

The decision follows after IMPPA temporarily banned Pakistani artists from working in India.

Keyur Seta

Last evening, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) passed a resolution of banning Pakistani artists from working in India until the situation returns to normal between both the nations. The decision came following the recent Uri attacks in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan based terrorists. 

The consequences of the decision by IMPPA are already seen across the border. Theatre exhibitors in Pakistan have banned screening Indian films till the situation between both countries normalises. According to news reports in Pakistani publications, although there hasn’t been an official declaration, a number of cinema owners have voluntarily come to this decision. 

Few people from the Pakistani film industry are also demanding a ban on Indian TV shows and the selling of the DVDs of Indian films. No decision in this regard has been taken though.

In another development, Shahzad Nawaz, a member and former chairman of the United Producers Association of Pakistan (UPAP) has resigned from the body following the decision of IMPPA. He tweeted about the same as, “As member & past chairman I proudly resign United Producers Assn Pakistan in protest of our inaction to give matching response to #IMPPA P.R. (sic)”