Published On: Thu, Sep 29th, 2016

IMPPA bans Pak actors and technicians in India till ‘normalcy returns’


IMPPA bans Pak actors and technicians in India till 'normalcy returns'

IMPPA decides against working with Pakistani actors and technicians till the time normalcy returns.

Mumbai: In the wake of the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army, which was in retaliation to the recent Uri attacks, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) has now decided not to work with Pakistani artists until peace returns between both the neighbouring nations.

As per reports, this step was taken in order to pay ‘tribute to the victims and survivors’.

Pakistani singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was recently dropped from a project owing to the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan. The IMPPA took this step as they were unhappy about the fact that none of the Pakistani artists, India has so closely been associated with, have condemned the recent Uri attacks.

While talking to a website, producer and member of IMPPA, Mr. Aggarwal said,” my bone of contention is that neither he nor any of the other Pakistani artistes in India have condemned the attack. After the Peshawar attacks, we had started one of our meetings at the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA) with a tribute to the victims and survivors.”

After Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) gave a 48 hours ultimatum to all Pakistani actors to leave India, including Fawad Khan, news of Pakistan banning Indian cricketing legend Dhoni’s biopic has been all over the news. But that, Pakistan insists, is untrue. The Censor Board of Pakistan has claimed that they never received the film for certification, let alone banning it.

Although actors like Fawad Khan have left the country for now, fate of films with Pakistani actors in them are still hanging. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, where Fawad plays a pivotal role, has landed in trouble after MNS’s ultimatum.

Mahira Khan, who was all set for her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’, will now have to wait for things to calm down.

Courtesy: DC

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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