Pakistan is unlikely to release the two major Bollywood Eid films this year as it is focusing on four of its own releases.
According to Times Of India, the country will leave no stone unturned to promote and distribute the Pakistani films ‘Josh’, ‘Ishq Khuda’, ‘War’ and ‘Mera Naam Afridi’. This means ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Once Upon Time In Mumbai Again’ from India will be left with little or no screens at all during the busy Eid period.
Leading distributor Abdul Rashid, who controls a large section of the distribution chain across the border confirmed the developments to Times Of India, “Yes, we are not releasing Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai – 2 in Pakistan. Our government wants to protect the interests of the Pakistan film fraternity.”
Another source said, “Theatres in Pakistan generate maximum revenue from Hindi films. So it is really sad that this time, they did a volteface. UTV and Balaji tried reasoning with the filmmakers, but to no avail.”