A home ministry official has said that India has no problem issuing visas to Pakistani artistes.
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The Centre has also said that there has been no police change in terms of allowing Pakistani artistes or film technicians to work in India. In addition, there is also no proposal to revoke the work visas already issued to them.
The decision comes ahead of the scheduled release of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.
“Keeping in mind the patriotic feeling and the national interest in mind, we request all our member exhibitors to refrain from screening movies which have involvement of any Pakistani artists, technicians, directors, music directors, etc. Till the relation between India and Pakistan becomes normal, no films with Pakistani actors can be released,” Nitin Datar, President of the COEAI, said.
According to trade pundits, the ban is expected to affect between 300 and 350 movie theatres.
Earlier, in wake of the September 18 terror attack on an army camp in Uri, Baramulla (J&K), that martyred 19 Indian soldiers, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena told Pakistani artistes to quit India, and threatened action against films like “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Raees”, which have Pakistani artistes in them.