Needless to say, after the Uri attacks, Indo-Pak ties are in a derogatory stage. Both the nations are angry and the immediate effect of this hatred is being borne by the Indian film industry. After MNS gave a 48-hour deadline to all the Pakistani actors and artists to leave the country, the Pakistani film industry has also threatened to ban Indian movies in their nation. However, now reports say that if the tension between both the countries does not end soon, the Pakistani film industry may have to suffer a loss of around 70%.
Pakistani Film Industry In Fear
The fear among the people belonging to the Pakistani film industry is on a rise because they feel that by the way things are going, eventually Indian movies are going to be banned. According to a related source, the Pakistani movie industry has been on a boon only during the last few years since the release of Bollywood and Hollywood movies began. Though the business can survive a temporary ban, a permanent shutdown on Indian movies will see a number of single screens and multiplex chains shutting down.
The source went on to say that for a film industry to survive, it has to produce around an average of 50 to 60 films a year, which the Pakistani industry is unable to do currently. Hence, Indian movies form around 70% of the business of the industry. Though when Indian films were banned previously for a short span of time, the industry sustained because of the sale of pirated DVDs. But this time, maybe cable operators won’t be able to do much.
70% Business Is From India
Now as an alternative, some multiplex chains have already decided to start screening old Pakistani movies to sustain for some time. However, if a permanent ban is imposed, the Pakistani Government may have to provide funds to keep the industry going.