Salman Khan’s Tubelight is all geared up for its worldwide release on June 25. However, in a major development now, the film is not expected to be released in Pakistan. The movie which has already generated a huge buzz with its trailers and songs, has found no local distributor ready to take the project in Pakistan.
The reason behind this huge step is still not clear as both Indian and Pak film authorities are citing different grounds for the same. While the Indian Film Exporters Association is citing the reason to be two big budget local movies (Yalgaar and Shor Sharaba) releasing in Pakistan, Pak distributors are blaming the content of the film for the big step.
According to a report originally attributed to the Deccan Chronicle, the President of Indian Film Exports Association, Hirachand Dand said, “Salman has millions of fans in Pakistan and the filmmakers are in no mood to pitch their films against his. They are determined to protect the interests of their films instead”. He further added that if the movie will not be released on its appointed date, there is no possibility of a late release then. Citing the reason of price issue, he said that Pak distributors are not willing to pay a huge price for the late release even if it is just two Fridays later. The movie would already be released all around the world by then and pirated and/or leaked versions may also pop up.
However, Pakistani Distributors are saying that Tubelight may not get the clearance in Pakistan due to its Indo-Chinese War content. A veteran Pak distributor, Amjad Rashi said, “I am not the right person to comment but I doubt whether the film will get clearance considering the Indo-China war subject. Salman is no doubt a big star in Pakistan but the film could also face other hurdles as it reflects anti-China sentiments.”
Salman Khan’s Tubelight also stars Chinese actress Zhu Zhu, real life brother Sohail Khan and late Om Puri in pivotal roles. It is directed by Bajrangi Bhaijan fame director Kabir Khan. The movie is slated to release on 25th this month.