Mumbai: Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer MS Dhoni The Untold Story is the latest victim in the India-Pakistan war of words that has been raging since the September 18 Uri attack. The film has been banned in Pakistan in what is being seen a direct consequence of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) calling for a ban on Pakistani artists and threatening them to leave India.
A report says Pakistani distributors have decided to not bring MS Dhoni The Untold Story, the biopic on India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to their country.
The tabloid has quoted a source from the exhibition industry in Pakistan as saying, “The film does not feature in the programming list since no distributor wants to bring it here.”
Pakistan-based distribution company IMGC Global Entertainment was initially supposed to release MS Dhoni The Untold Story in Pakistan, but looks like that’s not happening given the current India-Pakistan scenario.
Chairman of IMGC Global Entertainment Ahmed Rashid was quoted by the tabloid as saying, “Amid current tension between the two countries, we have decided not to release the film here. This development will affect the business.”
MS Dhoni The Untold Story, directed by Neeraj Pandey, is slated for release this Friday, September 30. The film will not see a release in Pakistan owing to the growing discord between India and Pakistan.
The Lahore High Court also saw a petition filed on September 23, calling for a ban on all Indian films till the Kashmir issue is resolved, reports the tabloid. Lawyer Azhar Saddique, who filed the PIL, is said to have claimed that running Bollywood films in local cinemas in Pakistan will “hurt sentiments of the people in Pakistan and Kashmir”.