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Shiv Sena’s wing threatens film distributor apropos releasing Raees!

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MUMBAI: Pressure on the makers of Raees is augmenting with the approaching of its date of release.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv here have learnt that film distributor named Akshaye Rathi has been threatened of dire consequences by Shiv Sena’s Chhattisgarh wing in case the said venture is released. 

The pundits at the helm of affairs here have revealed that the film is going through a tough time here in India since it features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in significant role.

According to details, the political party has cautioned the distributor regarding the after effects if they give a go-ahead nod to the movie. 

However, it has further been reported that Akshaye has approached the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister’s Office and Shiv Sena‘s Youth Wing President Aaditya Thackeray so as to contain this problem. 

He took to twitter: “Dear @AUThackeray, We have received this threat letter from your Chhattisgarh unit against playing @iamsrk’s #Raees. Do you endorse it?”

It is pertinent to mention here that following Sept 18, 2016 Uri attack (in which 19 Indian soldiers were shot dead), the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) gave a 48-hour ultimatum to all Pakistani artistes to leave India.

Meanwhile,  another Pakistani actress Saba Qamar is all set to commence her Bollywood career with the movie titled Hindi Medium alongside Irfaan Khan.

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PEMRA bans Dr Amir Liaquat!

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has imposed a ban on the appearance of televangelist and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Amir Liaquat on television for the month of Ramazan, sources privy to Newspakistan.tv reported.

According to the details, the regulatory body banned Hussain because he happened to breach various PEMRA rules in his show airing on Bol Television Network.

The notification reads, “Dr. Liaquat, merely for creating sensation and in order to achieve the maximum rating, created unwarranted drama on the basis of religion and hurt the sentiments of different sects and the public at large”.

“After this incident, Dr Liaquat quits the show, leaving the live platform for the guest Ulemas who exchanged quite harsh arguments.”

It is pertinent to mention here that two days back, the TV host is being accused of using religious pretexts for creating sensation and earning maximum ratings. Upon which, he receives backlash for hurting and evoking religious sentiments of people.

In this context, PEMRA noted that the show’s content violated Section 20(b), (c) (f) of Pemra Ordinance 2002 among others; “Dr Liaquat is misusing/abusing the platform without adhering to the provisions of Pemra rules”.

Previously too, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) banned the controversial host from appearing on TV for using Islam for his personal gain and diffusing hatred.

Whereas, an anti-terrorism case (ATC) had been registered by Rawalpindi police against the anchor for indulging in hate speech and threatening the life of Jibran Nasir Advocate. PEMRA, responding to the complaint lodged by Jibran Nasir Advocate, has banned BOL NEWS’s Amir Liaquat’s program Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga.

Amir Liaquat has been accused by Jibran Nasir Advocate of terming him and other social media activists (campaigning against the missing bloggers) as ‘anti-Islam’, ‘atheist’ and ‘anti-Pakistan’ in his BOL NEWS program Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga.

In his complaint filed with PEMRA, the lawyer has said that Amir Liaquat was running a life-threatening campaign against him.

It is pertinent to mention here that hundreds of viewers have approached PEMRA asking the Authority to impose a ban on the host of Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga and the program itself. 

In its 26 Jan. 2017 notification PEMRA has prohibited Amir Liaquat from delivering, on all other channels, any hate speech, declaring anyone as kaafir or ghaddar.

PEMRA has banned Amir Liaquat from hosting any program or appearing in any manner (guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio/video beepers, promos, and advts of his program).

Furthermore, PEMRA, pointing towards bloggers running a campaign against the missing men, insinuated: “This act of theirs is further increasing difficulties for the affected families”.

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Indian movies banned here for Eid!

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ISLAMABAD: Indian movies banned here for Eid, Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been intimated that the federal government is all geared up to cease the screening of Bollywood films throughout the period of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha.

According to the details, a notification has been dispensed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on May 24 (yesterday), which states that the restrictions on Indian flicks have been imposed here so as to resuscitate, erect and endorse local film industry in Pakistan.

In this context, a statement reads, “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.”

Therefore, the importers and distributors of the foreign ventures have been directed not to exhibit any Indian films in cinema houses across the state during the mentioned aforetime period.

Eid is considered the best occasion for films to gross millions. In this time period, the situation is like a standoff between the filmmakers and the one, who successfully manages to rule the box office, the world is his oyster.

Yet at the same time, pundits at the helm of affairs reckon this phase to create a mess at the box office, resulting in affecting the entire industry in terms of business.

In such, it has been reported that approx. seven movies namely Race 3, Fanney Khan, Parwaz Hai Junoon, 7 Din Mohabbat In, Wajood, Oceans’s 8 and Incredibles 2 are expected to try their lucks this Eid.

It is pertinent to mention here that Salman Khan movies do a huge business here in Pakistan. However, the recent ban is not a good news for the Indian filmmakers and producers as well as his aficionados.

Contrary to this, the recent measure could prove to be beneficial for Lollywood industry as, by some stroke of luck, they can avail the chance to attract innumerable movie buffs.

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Cake director says 3 more films coming up!

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KARACHI: After the worldwide victory of Cake, director and writer of the film Asim Abbasi is all geared up to proclaim the upcoming three new ventures in association with UK-based production houses namely ZAB Films and Indus Talkies (that also played a significant part in the production of Abbasi’s debut endeavor Cake), along with B4U Films, reported sources.

Deliberating about the Indus Talkies and how it feels being the part of it, the film-maker beams, “We have a unified vision for Pakistani cinema: positioning our films on the world stage by telling culturally specific stories with a universal resonance, and giving cinema-goers diverse content to choose from.”

However, he keeps a stiff upper lip upon asking apropos the narrative and further details of the forthcoming ventures, “It’s too early to speak about specific story-lines, but the idea is to keep raising the bar and diversifying across genres and locations. My storytelling will always remain intimate, but potentially done on a larger scale this time,”

Speaking about the success of his debut venture, which has managed to gross approx. $1.4 million globally so far, he further maintained, “Anytime a film-maker goes against the tide and takes a risk, one never knows what the reception is going to be like, so it has been really humbling, and encouraging to know that if you build it well, they will come!”

It has further been reported that Abbasi keeps his spirits high as he is eagerly looking forward to his future ventures harboring novel storylines both in Pakistan and the UK.

His productions (three feature flicks harboring diverse genres such as drama, comedy, and thriller) are in the development phase at the moment. One of which is about a coming-of-age story that would be helmed by Abbasi and is slated to go in pre-production by the end of this year. The venture is expected to be shot in the UK.

 

 

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