In a rather surprising development, Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil has become the first movie to be released in Pakistan after the country lifts the ban on the release of Bollywood movies. It was the aftermath of Uri attacks which was followed by the surgical attack at the border when Pakistan retaliated to India’s decision of banning Pakistani serials.
All seems to be well and good now though because Kaabil has got a pretty opening at the Pakistani box-office apart from the critical appreciation from the distributors. Kaabil also becomes the first Indian movie to have a solo release in Pakistan post the ban.
“I got a call from one of my distributors in Pakistan, Satish Anand, who is currently in India, saying that they all liked Kaabil so much there that they got ONLY Kaabil cleared at the censors. It will be a solo release in Pakistan from tomorrow or day after. They wanted the message of Kaabil given by Hrithik and Yami to spread and reach everyone in Pakistan. It’s a very nice step and a historic one towards increasing the friendship between the two countries. I hope it grows bigger every day!” told Rakesh Roshan to DNA in an exclusive chat.
Satish Anand, the Indian distributor in Pakistan also told DNA that it’s the film’s critical subject which has made its release possible.
It gives us great pleasure to restart screening and showing Indian films in Pakistan .This week it will be Kaabil that will spearhead the process. Indeed it would be a historic moment for our people and the film fraternities. Kaabil wakai hi iss Kaabil hai, kay chiragh dobara say Roshan kar sakey! told Satish Anand to DNA.
And rather, it’s shocking that a movie from Shah Rukh Khan, a Pakistani favorite, and a Muslim at that, is still waiting to get its release certificate. Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress also couldn’t seem to appeal the distributors of Pakistan. Rakesh Roshan who was pissed off with Shah Rukh Khan for buying extra screens in India, must be in good spirits finally to have a compensating business from the neighboring country.