States may decide Pak artistes films fate

NEW DELHI: The Central Government will not intervene in cases involving protests about Pakistani actors working in Indian films if the film had been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification.

Even as the controversy over Shah Rukh Khan having met a local part chief in connection with his upcoming film ?Raees? starring Pakistani actress Mahira Khan rages, the information and broadcasting ministry (MIB) sources told that this was more of a law and order problem which fell into the realm of the state governments.

In October this year, the Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd had expressed ?genuine concern for all those film producers who invested heavily in films featuring artistes from across the border.?

Even as it expressed unflinching support to the Central Government and its solidarity with the Indian armed forces on their supreme sacrifice at Uri (Jammu and Kashmir) and courage and valor displayed during the recent counter-terrorism operations, it noted there had been some discourse in the media recently with regard to certain threats to disrupt the release of these movies.

The Guild, which represents most of the active Hindi film producers, there are many film producers who had either already shot their films or were in the process of completing their unfinished films prior to the escalation of hostilities with Pakistan. These included Karan Johar (?Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? with Fawad Khan and ?Dear Zindagi? with Ali Zafar) which had also been certified by the CBFC and released.

Pakistani actor Fawad Khan was also seen in 'Kapoor and Sons', and earlier in 'Khoobsoorat' opposite Sonam Kapoor.

Meanwhile, the sources said no permission had been granted to any Pakistani TV or radio channel to broadcast in India.

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