Pakistani film exhibitors are keen to screen Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s upcoming biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” if the film is cleared by the censor board. “Since other Indian movies like ‘Baahubali 2’ and ‘Half Girlfriend’ are doing fine, we would like to import ‘Sachin’ as well. However, its release here is subject to the approval of the censor board,” Zoraiz Lashari, Chairman of the Pakistan Films Exhibitors Association, told PTI today. He said theatres in Pakistan are banking a lot on Indian movies.
“So far whichever movie from India has been screened here, it did good business,” he added. Directed by James Erskine, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, traces Sachin’s journey from a young boy to a cricketing legend. However, the film’s distributor Anil Thadani said the movie will not release in Pakistan as of now because there has been no enquiry regarding the same.
“No it is not (releasing in Pakistan). They (distributors) usually approach us and take the film from us to show it in Pakistan. But we haven’t got an enquiry from them so far,” Thadani told PTI.
When asked if the decision to not release “Sachin” in Pakistan is because of the political tension between the two countries, Thadani declined to comment. Thadani added, “If it doesn’t release (in Pakistan) then one loses out (business) but someone needs to pick it up, the terms needs to match.” Before its release tomorrow, the cricket fraternity and Bollywood stars attended the screening of the film yesterday.