The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has called on its members to stop working with Pakistani talent and technicians until the current political tensions between India and Pakistan ease.
Separately, political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has called for all Pakistani artistes to leave India and that their films be banned.
The latest tensions between the neighboring countries stems from the death last week of 18 Indian army soldiers in the disputed territory of Kashmir. The attack was allegedly perpetrated by Pakistan-based terrorists. Indian soldiers have crossed the ‘Line of Control’ to make retaliatory strikes.
Movies that could be affected include Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,” due a Diwali holiday frame release in October. It stars Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor alongside Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan (“Kapoor & Sons”.) Further out, “Dear Zindagi,” which stars Pakistan’s Ali Zafar alongside India’s Shah Rukh Khan, is due a November release. And Pakistan’s Mahira Khan stars alongside Shah Rukh Khan in January 2017 release “Raees.”