After Pakistan government banned Indian films from its cinemas across the nation, members of the Indian film fraternity say it does not make any difference to India and that it is Pakistans loss.
Internal security of the country comes first: Reacting to Pakistan’s decision, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, chief advisor of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), told: ‘It does not make any difference whether Pakistanis watch our films or not. I think the internal security of the country comes first. Whether films release there or not is irrelevant. We have a clear issue in front of us.’
He added: ‘Our film industry is very big. Even business wise it does not matter.”
Ban will affect the box-office, lead to piracy in Pak: However, trade analyst Komal Nahta told that, strictly from the business point of view, the ban will affect the box-office.
“Pakistan had become a hot territory especially for big films with big star cast. Indian films did depend upon Pakistan for a fairly good amount of overseas business. Specially, (for stars like) Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, their films used to do very well there,” said Nahta.
He stressed the ban will lead to piracy in Pakistan. “There will be piracy. It’s not that people will not watch our films. It is just that officially the money will not come to India. Pirates will make hay while the sun shines,” Nahta added.
It is their loss not ours: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who had once done a cameo in the Pakistani film “Ishq Positive”, told: “Pakistan banning Indian film is their loss not ours. But revocation of Article 370 is the best thing that could have happened in the last 72 years.”
Film industry has shown solidarity since Pulwama: National Award-winning filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, whose film “Calendar Girls” was banned in Pakistan, told: “Firstly, I am not surprised because they already severed many other bilateral relationships. The film industry has shown solidarity since Pulwama.”
“The Hindi film industry had stopped releasing films post-Pulwama attack, as a show of solidarity to the defense services. The business of Indian films continues growing globally. The revocation of Article 370 was a bold and much-needed move. Any consequence arising from the decision is irrelevant,” said actor Vidyut Jammwal, who hails from Jammu.