The much-awaited Raees, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira, has been cleared for release in Pakistan. According to the Chairman Film Exhibitors Association Zoraiz Lashari,
Raees will be screened in Pakistani cinemas starting February 5.
Lashari further stated, the federal censor board cleared the movie for screening while the provincial censor boards of Punjab and Sindh are reviewing the film.
The self-imposed ban on Bollywood films ended on Wednesday bringing Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil to Karachi’s Atrium Cinemas. Furthermore, on Wednesday, the information ministry and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for screening in Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday gave the green light to the information, broadcasting and heritage ministry to lift the self-imposed ban on Indian movies. As per an official handout issued by the information ministry, the government is,
pleased to continue the existing open policy to display all international movies (including Indian films) in Pakistani cinemas.
According to the statement, the cinema houses would only be allowed to screen movies after approval from relevant censor boards.
Raees is an action crime thriller directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Gauri Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Mahira Khan’s Bollywood debut has her playing the Shah Rukh Khan’s wife in the thriller released on the 25th January. However, owing to the self-imposed ban on Indian films across Pakistan, the movie has not yet aired. This weekend however, is set to change all that with Raees screening throughout the country. It is expected to open to full houses countrywide. The film so far has managed to gather mixed reviews from critics around the globe. However, the film continues strongly at the box office raking in some serious cash.
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