A year ago, theater owners and exhibitors in Pakistan temporarily stopped screening Indian movies after Pakistani artistes and technicians were banned by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA) from in India. The disputable move was taken in the wake of political strain amongst India and Pakistan, post the Uri (Jammu and Kashmir) attack in September.
In any case, not long ago, Pakistan lifted the ban on Indian movies and started screening them in the nation. What’s more, a couple days prior, nearby local distributors from the neighboring country obviously asked for Dangal (2016) to be released there. Aamir Khan and the film’s group were “absolutely okay” with that, particularly since Pakistani audience have constantly adored Hindi movies and Indian actors
In any case, according to source Hindustan Times has learnt that the arrival of the film couldn’t experience when an “astounding” request rolled in from the opposite side of the border. A source says, “When the film went to the Pakistan censor board, they approved of it aside from two specific scenes towards the end — one in which the Indian flag is appeared and another in which the Indian national anthem is played after Geeta Phogat (played by Fatima Sana Shaikh) wins the gold medal. The Pakistan censor board needed the scenes to be edited out before they gave Dangal the green flag,” says an insider.
In any case, Aamir — who is likewise the producer of the film — felt that the “demand for the two cuts was surprising , in light of the fact that the film isn’t jingoistic in nature”. The source says, “It’s a games based biopic with no direct or indirect reference to Pakistan. The film just highlights India’s nationalistic slant, so what is the reason to slash off those scenes?”
Aamir then decide that the film would not be released in Pakistan. Dangal is the Hindi film industry’s greatest blockbuster with over Rs 385 crore at the Indian box office. “It will bring about a financial misfortune to the tune of Rs 10-12 crore, as Pakistan is an essential worldwide region opposite cash, however he isn’t willing to edit the scenes being referred to. He knows that not releasing the film could lead to piracy, but rather he is certain about what he won’t do,” includes the source.
HT attempted to reach Aamir, however he was not accessible for comment till the time of going to press. Be that as it may, his spokesperson confirmed the news without unveiling further points of interest.