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Decision about Theatres to ban films starring Pakistani actors to be taken on Friday

01Almost a week after IMPPA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) passed a resolution to boycott Pakistani artists from working in Indian films, comes another blow for actors from the neighbouring country. And maybe some heartburn for filmmakers like Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani who have cast Pakistani stars in their upcoming productions, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ respectively.

Members of the Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India (COEAI) are now planning to ban all films that star actors from Pakistan. A decision will be taken in this regard on Friday, October 7.

Confirming the same, Nitin Datar, President of COEAI, said, “The members will be meeting on Friday and we’ll decide on the matter. But one thing is for certain – the decision will be taken keeping the wishes and the sentiment of the public. We won’t go against them.”

On being reminded of a similar ban imposed by IMPPA last week, Datar said, “Yes, I support the IMPPA ban. They are looking at the bigger picture and taking steps for the future.”

Considering IMPPA has exempted completed projects like ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and ‘Raees’ from the ban, will COEAI take a similar stand, if the boycott is decided upon? Datar remained noncommittal about it as he stated, “I can’t talk about specifics but many factors have to be taken into consideration. See, many exhibitors have already signed the deal with the distributors. So if we decide on a ban, they may even face legal charges from distributors. We need to figure this out.”

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