After the controversies surrounding Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati began to die down a bit, another Bollywood film finds itself in trouble. MNS chief Raj Thackeray has issued fresh threats to cineplex owners over Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai slated to release on December 22.
Thackeray said that cinemas should feature Marathi film Deva in the prime-time slots. The MNS also stated that regional films shouldn’t bear the loss over big-budget star releases and that Marathi films should get enough time slots.
“It’s not threat. We want Marathi films to be screened at prime time as they don’t get enough time slots. Why should regional films bear the loss? There’s nothing wrong in promoting Marathi culture. Cineplex owners have to abide by our demand, you can take it as a threat,” they said.
The film, being directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, stars Katrina Kaif alongside the actor.
Few Days back, Bollywood film “Tiger Zinda Hai”, which has been refused the No-objection Certification for import into Pakistan, shows the country’s national security and law enforcement institutions and agencies in a demeaning manner, according to the Pakistan censor board chief.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage on Thursday refused the grant of the NoC to the local distributor, Geo TV Network, for “Tiger Zinda Hai” on the recommendation of the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), thereby banning the movie in the country.
“As per synopsis, reviews and trailers of the film available in media, in the said feature film, our national security and law enforcement institutions, agencies, individuals and certain state symbols are being shown in a demeaning manner on which we have a ‘no-compromise policy’,” CBFC’s chief Mobashir Hasan told IANS via social media from Islamabad.
“(The) first film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was also banned in 2012 as it blatantly flouted the Code of Censorship of Films, 1980 under MPO (Maintenance of Public Order), 1979,” Hasan said.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF), “Tiger Zinda Hai” takes forward the story of two spies — one Indian and the other Pakistani — Tiger and Zoya, who join forces to battle terrorism. It is slated for worldwide release on December 22.
Sulaiman S. Lalani, Executive Director, Geo TV Network, told IANS from Karachi that their preferred option was that “Tiger Zinda Hai” should have been allowed for import, presented to the censor board, and if any objectionable material was found against the interests of Pakistan/Islam, the exhibition of the film shouldn’t have been allowed then.
Hasan explained: “It’s the legal and administrative decision of the Ministry of Information to issue the NoC or otherwise after closely examining the request of a distributor.”
“Tiger Zinda Hai” has been a much-anticipated Bollywood entertainer in a year which has not seen too many blockbusters. Besides the buzz around its one-of-a-kind action sequences and exotic locations, the on-screen reunion of Salman and Katrina after a gap of five years, has piqued the interest of Bollywood buffs.
Owing to Salman’s fan following in Pakistan, there was a high level of interest in the movie there, Lalani said.
“Pakistan loves Salman Khan. ‘Sultan’ was a mega blockbuster and minted approximately $3 million at the box office in Pakistan. His ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ was also loved by fans here,” Lalani said of the actor, who is amongst Hindi cinema’s best known stars.
“Tiger Zinda Hai” director Zafar had told IANS in an earlier interview that it’s largely a story about humanity.
“The film is a very human story… it is not political at all. The idea is that when there is a fight between right and wrong, what is at stake, is humanity. And there’s nothing bigger than humanity,” he had said.
For years, Hindi films have regaled Hindi movie buffs in Pakistan. The country had banned Indian movies in 1968, but that gave a fillip to pirated content. The ban was lifted later.
Eventually, the popularity of Bollywood almost eclipsed the local movie culture in the country, but in the past few years, filmmakers and actors from Pakistan have come into their own.
In February this year, “Kaabil” became the first big Bollywood entertainer to be released in Pakistan after its cinema owners gave up a month-long self-imposed ban to resume screening of Indian films.
Earlier during the day, Get ready to shell out a neat sum for your advance booking of the ticket to Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai, says Maharashtra Times.
The Marathi language daily says the advance booking for the spy thriller sequel to Sallu bhai’s Ek Tha Tiger that releases on 22 December has been thrown open. Some multiplexes are charging Rs 2000 to Rs 2400 for a single ticket to a single show on Friday — the day of release says the report.
The ticket rates are set to be different for different cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru etc. Delhi multiplexes have priced the tickets at Rs 2000-2400 while Mumbai multiplexes will charge Rs 1200-1600 for the evening shows in multiplexes.
Single screen theatres, however, will charge Rs 300-400. Surprisingly, all the tickets seem to have either sold out or being sold out fast. Salman Khan fans have once again proved that they can go to any lengths for their favourite actor.