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Fawad Khan's 'The Legend Of Maula Jattt' not releasing in Indian theatres

New DelhiEdited By: Shomini SenUpdated: Dec 30, 2022, 09:21 PM IST
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Directed by Bilal Lashari, 'The Legend of Maula Jatt' is an adaptation of the 1979 Pakistani film 'Maula Jatt'. The film, which released in Pakistan on October 13, is the highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time with box office returns of $10 million.

For those in India who were waiting for the release of Fawad Khan's blockbuster film 'The  Legend of Maula Jatt', there is bad news. The film was scheduled to hit Indian screens on Friday, December 30  but recent reports state that the film's India release has been pushed indefinitely. The fim stars Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan in the lead. 

An INOX official said the film that was to release on Friday has been postponed -- perhaps indefinitely.

"We have been informed by the distributors that the release of the film has been postponed. We were told this two-three days ago. No further date has been shared with us," an official from the multiplex chain told news agency PTI.

Directed by Bilal Lashari, 'The Legend of Maula Jatt' is an adaptation of the 1979 Pakistani film 'Maula Jatt'. The film, which released in Pakistan on October 13, is the highest-grossing Pakistani film of all time with box office returns of $10 million.

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An industry insider said the film's release was stalled due to resistance from certain sections.

"Zee Studios had acquired the rights of 'The Legend of Maula Jatt' as they were expecting the film to do well. But because of the resistance from certain sections, the decision was made to not release the movie," he said.

Multiplex chain PVR Cinemas had shared the India release date of the film on its official Instagram page earlier this week but deleted it soon after.

Rajender Singh Jyala, chief programming officer, INOX Leisure Ltd, had told PTI last week that the film would be played in Punjab and a few theatres in Delhi where there are Punjabi-speaking people.

Ameya Khopkar, president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's cinema wing, said on Twitter today that the film's release has been stalled after a warning given by the party.

"... The screening of the 'The Legend of Maula Jatt' has been completely cancelled...," he said.

Mahira and Fawad are familiar to Indian audiences through their popular Pakistani drama 'Humsafar' and Bollywood films like 'Khoobsurat', 'Kapoor & Sons', and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' and 'Raees'. Fawad was recently seen in web series 'Ms Marvel'. 

The last Pakistani film to get a theatrical release in India was 'Bol' starring Mahira in 2011. Before that was 'Ramchand Pakistani' starring Nandita Das and Rashid Farooqi in 2008. 

'Khuda Kay Liye', which included Fawad in the ensemble cast alongside Naseeruddin Shah, came in 2007.

Pakistani actors stopped being cast in Indian productions following the 2016 terror attack in Uri in which 19 Indian Army personnel were killed. The decision came amid demands by various political outfits to ban Pakistani artistes from Indian films and from performing here.