The federal government has decided to put a limited restriction on the exhibition and screening of Indian films during the period around Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, it was announced in a press release last evening.
Here is a statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on May 24:
According to the statement, the action has been taken “in order to revive and promote the local film industry in Pakistan. The restriction shall remain in force for two days before and two weeks after Eid days.” That amounts to a total of approximately three weeks.
“All the importers/ distributors of the foreign films have been directed to restrain from the screening of Indian films in cinema houses all over the country during the above mentioned time period,” the letter said.
This decision will directly impact the release of Salman Khan’s Race 3, releasing worldwide on June 15 as a Bollywood Eid film. With the suspension on Indian films for three weeks, Race 3 and Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju will probably release by the end of June, together.