Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh and Salman Khan-produced Notebook will not release in Pakistan


Salman Khan-produced Notebook and Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming film Kabir Singh will not release in Pakistan in the wake of the terror attack in Pulwama, producer Murad Khetani said at an event on Thursday, a news agency reports. Murad Khetani of Cine1 Studios is co-producing Notebook and Kabir Singh. Satellite Shankar, starring Sooraj Pancholi, will also not release in Pakistan, Murad said.

"We are not releasing our film Notebook in Pakistan. Our upcoming films Kabir Singh and Satellite Shankar too will also not release there," Murad Khetani was quoted as saying by the news agency.

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After the brutal terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, several producers have decided against releasing their films in Pakistan. Film bodies as well, including the All Indian Cine Workers Association, issued a statement last week, announcing a “total ban” on Pakistani actors and artistes working in the Hindi film industry. Action will be taken against organisations that insist upon working with Pakistani actors and artistes despite the ban.

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The terror attack in Pulwama was the worst ever in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in 1989, as a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber rammed his vehicle packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Pulwama district. The attack, much like the one in Uri in 2016, has impacted cultural ties between the two nations.

Notebook, meanwhile, will mark the debut of Pranutan Bahl, daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl and granddaughter of veteran actress Nutan. Zaheer Iqbal, who stars opposite Pranutan, will also make his debut with the film, scheduled to release on March 29.

Kabir Singh, directed by Sandeep Vanga, is a remake of his Telugu film Arjun Reddy. Apart from the aforementioned films, Total Dhamaal and Luka Chhupi, will also not release in Pakistan.