The Legend of Maula Jatt to release in India: Fawad Khan’s Pakistani film delayed indefinitely

Poster of The Legend of Maula Jatt with Fawad Khan
Image source: Instagram/Fawad Khan Poster of The Legend of Maula Jatt with Fawad Khan

The Legend of Maula Jatt to release in India: Indian audiences are yet to witness Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan starrer Pakistani blockbuster “The Legend of Maula Jatt” on the big screen. An INOX official said the film, which was slated to release on Friday, has been postponed – probably indefinitely. An official of the multiplex chain told PTI, “We have been informed by the distributors that the film’s release has been postponed. We were informed about it two-three days back. No further date has been shared with us.” Is.”

Directed by Bilal Lashari, “The Legend of Moula Jatt” is an adaptation of the 1979 classic “Maula Jatt”. However, the makers have said that it is neither a remake nor a sequel. The film, released in Pakistan on 13 October, is the highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time with box office returns of $10 million.

An industry insider said that the film’s release was held up due to protests from certain sections. He told PTI, “Zee Studios had acquired the rights of ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ as they expected the film to do well. But due to protests from certain sections, it was decided not to release the film.” ” condition of anonymity.

Multiplex chain PVR Cinemas shared the film’s India release date on its official Instagram page earlier this week, but later removed it.

Inox Leisure Ltd chief programming officer Rajendra Singh Jalla had told PTI last week that the film would be screened in some cinema halls in Punjab and Delhi which have a Punjabi-speaking population.

Amey Khopkar, president of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s cinema wing, said on Twitter today that the film’s release has been put on hold following a warning by the party. “The screening of ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ has been canceled completely,” he said.

Mahira and Fawad are familiar to Indian audiences from their popular Pakistani drama “Humsafar” and also through Bollywood – Fawad, who was recently seen in the superhero series “Miss Marvel”, has featured in “Khoobsurat”, “Kapoor & Sons”. Have acted. , and “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” while Mahira appeared in Shahrukh Khan-Hard “nobleman”.

The last Pakistani film to get a theatrical release in India was “Bol” in 2011 starring Mahira. Earlier there was “Ramchand Pakistani” in 2008 starring Nandita Das and Rashid Farooqui. “For God’s sake”, which also included Fawad in the ensemble. Naseeruddin Shah came in 2007. Pakistani actors stopped being cast in Indian productions after the 2016 terror attack in Uri, in which 19 Indian Army soldiers were killed. The decision comes amid demands by various political outfits to ban Pakistani artistes from appearing in Indian films and performing here.

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