Distributors and exhibitors in Pakistan have abandoned Shah Rukh Khan-starrer "Chennai Express" and Akshay Kumar-starrer "Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai – 2", reports The Times of India. Both were slated to release on the day of Eid, August 8, in the country.
The reason being cited is that Pakistani filmmakers want four of their films- ‘Josh’, ‘Ishq Khuda’, ‘War’ and ‘Mera Naam Afridi’ – to get more visibility than the Indian films.
Leading distributor Abdul Rashid, who controls a large section of the distribution chain across the border, and has been in touch with the producers of Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai – 2, UTV and Balaji, respectively, communicated the decision to the two production houses.Expressing disappointment with the developments, a source said: “Theatres in Pakistan generate maximum revenue from Hindi films.
According to trade sources, Pakistan’s blackout of these two films will lead to an estimated loss to the tune of Rs 20 crore
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