Mumbai: Salman Khan-starrer Tubelight might have got fans going gaga here in India, but it looks like the film won’t see the light of the day in Pakistan. The film, which features Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and Salman’s brother Sohail Khan alongside the actor, is finding difficult to find distributors in Pakistan as no local distributor is willing to come forward and release the film.
If reports are to be believed, Salman’s extraordinary popularity among Pakistani audiences has proved to be a deterrent in the film’s release.
According to the President of the Indian Film Exporters Association, Hirachand Dand, local distributors in Pakistan are hesitant to acquire the film mainly to promote the uninterrupted release of two big local films scheduled for Eid release. The makers don’t want any competition and especially from a big-budget Bollywood film.
Dand has been quoted as saying, “Salman has millions of fans in Pakistan and the filmmakers are in no mood to pitch their films against his. They are determined to protect the interests of their films instead.”
The news of the stalled release comes just a day after Salman sparked a debate when he spoke in favour of talks with Pakistan and said that those who demand war should be sent to the border to end the warmongering.
“The distributors are in no mood to pay the asking price for a Salman film even if it is released two weeks later, since it would have released all over the world by then. The business will also have reduced by 30 percent. And these days, pirated versions of films invariably get leaked online within a week of their release,” he added.
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Veteran Pakistan distributor Amjad Rashi, who last released Baahubali and Hindi Medium in Pakistan, confirmed that no distributor including the regular local distributor of Yashraj, Geo Films, had come forward to acquire the film. However, he attributed it to completely different reasons. “I am not the right person to comment but I doubt whether the film will get clearance considering the Indo-China war subject. Salman is no doubt a big star in Pakistan but the film could also face other hurdles as it reflects anti-China sentiments,” he said. A spokesperson for Geo refused to comment, stating that there was no confirmation on whether or not the film would release in Pakistan.