Bollywood responds to Pakistan's decision to ban films after Article 370 dissolution, says it is their loss

Bollywood reacts to Pakistan banning Indian films after the dissolution of Article 370. Firdous Ashiq Awan, the special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, claimed that the act was in retaliation to the judgment passed by the government of India denouncing the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir as a standalone Union Territory.
Bollywood responds to Pakistan's decision to ban films after Article 370 dissolution, says it is their lossBollywood responds to Pakistan's decision to ban films after Article 370 dissolution, says it is their loss
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Pakistan retaliated bitterly banning Indian films after Article 370 was scrapped withdrawing the special status given to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. A day after the announcement, Bollywood celebs reacted to Pakistan banning films and stated that it is in fact their loss. Renowned names from the film fraternity such as Ashoke Pandit, Sonu Sood, Madhur Bhandarkar, and Vidyut Jamwal reacted on the decision announced by Firdous Ashiq Awan, special assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Chief advisor of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees and filmmaker Ashoke Pandit said, "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 also added, "Our film industry is very big. Even business-wise it does not matter. We are talking about our country."

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking from the point of view of business, trade analyst Komal Nahta said the ban will affect the box-office. "Pakistan had become a hot territory especially for big films with a big star cast. Indian films did depend upon Pakistan for a fairly good amount of overseas business. Especially, (for stars like) Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, their films used to do very well there," he said. "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 sunshine," Nahta added.

"Pakistan banning Indian films is their loss, not ours. But (revocation of) Article 370 is the best thing that could have happened in the last 72 years," Dabangg actor Sonu Sood said. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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"Firstly, I am not surprised because they already severed many other bilateral relationships. I am not surprised because they have to take a grandstanding in front of their people because Article 370 has been abolished. The film industry has shown solidarity since Pulwama," said filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.

"The Hindi film industry had stopped releasing films post-Pulwama attack, as a show of solidarity to the defense services. This was never promoted or discussed on public platforms. 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 inconsequential," said Vidyut Jamwal who hails from Jammu.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In recent times, Pakistan has left no stone unturned in expressing their aversion almost whenever the political atmosphere between the two nations has become tense. Ceasing the release of Indian Bollywood films in the name of censorship, they have denied several movies such as Raazi, Parmanu: The story of Pokhran, Aiyyari, Uri: The Surgical Strike, and many more. Movies like Pad Man, Pari and Veere Di Wedding too have been held back by the Pakistan censorship board for unjustified reasons.

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