'Tubelight' might not release on Eid in Pakistan
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's much awaited film Tubelight might not hit the screens on Eid in Pakistan as some local filmmakers have started a movement to stall the release of the film. The filmmakers along with the Film Distributors Association and the Film Producers Association want to ensure better business for Pakistani films during the Eid holidays. The distributors, producers and filmmakers say they want to protect the interest of Pakistani movies as two big films, Yalghaar and Shor Sharaba, along with others in the pipeline, are slated for an Eid release.
"If Tubelight also releases on Eid, it will certainly hit the business of these Pakistani films and that will not help our industry," actor Mustafa Qureshi said. Those trying to stall the release of the Salman Khan starrer are citing a law passed by the Federal Ministry of Information in 2010 which forbids the release of any Indian film on a Muslim holiday. "If required we can even go to the court," producer Altaf Hussain said, adding that the associations are planning to send an official letter to PM Nawaz Sharif. He confirmed a meeting was held at which it was decided that the entire Pakistani film industry will join the protest to stop the release of Tubelight on Eid.