It’s now official that Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s upcoming filmTubelight will not release in Pakistan because no local distributor is willing to come forward and release it there. Apparently, Salman’s extraordinary popularity among Pakistani audiences has proved to be a deterrent.
President of the Indian Film Exporters Association, Hirachand Dand, told a leading daily that local distributors in Pakistan are hesitant to acquire the film, since there are two big local films scheduled for an Eid release and the makers do not want any competition, especially in the form of a Salman starrer.
“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.”
According to a report of a leading daily, There is a huge amount of money riding on the two big local releases, one of them being Yalghaar, touted as one of Pakistan’s first ever international film, and the other being Shor Sharaba. Interestingly, Yalghaar, based on the sacrifices of the people and armed forces against terrorism, has premier shows scheduled in US, UK and China.
According to Dand, there was initial speculation that Tubelight would have a delayed release after two weeks in Pakistan but that possibility is now likely to be ruled out due to the price factor. A Salman Khan film in the Pakistan market is said to be $5 lakh, and Dand reveals that the price has become a major point of contention.
“The distributors are in no mood to pay the asking price for a Salman film even if it is released two weeks later, since it would have released all over the world by then. The business will also have reduced by 30 percent. And these days, pirated versions of films invariably get leaked online within a week of their release,” he told Deccan Chronicle.
According to Deccan Chronicle, A spokesperson for Geo refused to comment on the matter stating that there was no confirmation on whether or not the film would release in Pakistan.