As relations between India and Pakistan have steadily worsened in the light of the Uri attacks that left 18 of our military personnel dead, news emerged that the upcoming Bollywood film, ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story‘, would not be released in Pakistani theatres. It seems that Pakistani organisations have called for the film to be boycotted.
At this point it is conjectured that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s call for a ban on Pakistani artistes in India could be the trigger for the move to not screen ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ in Pakistan.
A report in a leading daily stated that IMGC Global Entertainment, a Pakistan-based distribution company was supposed to release the film across the border. However, the firm has now decided against exhibiting the film “amid current tension between the two countries”.
The MNS recently issued a diktat asking all Pakistani artistes to leave India within 48 hours, or else “face the consequences”. Their campaign also targeted two of Pakistan’s most famous faces in the Indian entertainment industry at the moment – Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan.
At this time, ‘Pink’and ‘Banjo’ are both playing in Pakistani theatres. However, Hindi films have run into trouble in Pakistan from time to time, with several being banned for content deemed contentious/sensitive. The last Bollywood film to be banned there was the John Abraham-Varun Dhawan starrer ‘Dishoom’.
‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is the biopic of cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Sushant Singh Rajput plays the title role, with Neeraj Pandey as the director. Fox Star Studios is producing the film. It releases worldwide tomorrow!