MS Dhoni: The Untold Story banned in Pakistan

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story banned in Pakistan

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The biopic of Indian limited-overs skipper, MS Dhoni has been banned in Pakistan. In the last week, there has been immense tension among the neighboring nations after the terrorist attack on the Indian Army base in Uri district of the Jammu & Kashmir. As a response to it a local political party in Maharashtra, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had issued an ultimatum to Pakistani actors in India to leave the country.

Following this incident, the distributors in Pakistan have refused to release the biopic in their country. A local newspaper reported that IMGC Global Entertainment, a Pakistan-based distribution company which was going to release the movie has decided against it. The chairman of the firm was quoted saying, “Amid current tension between the two countries, we have decided not to release the film.”

A source from the exhibition industry in Pakistan was quoted by a few news websites saying, “The film does not feature in the programming list since no distributor wants to bring it here.”

Indian movies usually do considerable business in Pakistan and most of the Bollywood stars enjoy immense following across the border. Like India, Pakistan is also a cricket crazy nation and most of them have always extended their love towards MS Dhoni. The ban on release will certain affect the income of the movie as Pakistan is considered the third highest overseas market for Bollywood as per a trade insider. “But, this development (boycott of Dhoni) will affect the business,”

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Amidst all that Azhar Saddique a lawyer by profession filed a PIL in the Lahore High Court on September 23, seeking the court’s order to ban Indian movies until the Kashmir issue is resolved. According to his petition releasing Bollywood movies will “hurt sentiments of the people in Pakistan and Kashmir”.