Pakistan is a big market for Bollywood films, especially if the films feature any of the big Bollywood superstars. However, throwing a stunner this year, distributors and exhibitors in Pakistan have apparently decided to abandon the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express and the Akshay Kumar starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2, reasoning that Pakistani filmmakers want their films to gain more prominence this Eid.
Commenting on this matter, renowned trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, "First of all, till an official note comes in from the Pakistan government, we should not speculate on whether or not these films will release. Secondly, even if they want to blackout the film, yes we will definitely lose out on a crore or two in terms of revenue, but for them the losses will be huge. Like if you replace Bollywood films with Pakistani films in theatres, the business would not be the same it would definitely not be the optimum output generated."
So it seems like, Bollywood will have to wait for the official notification from Pakistan government if any such black out will be carried out this Eid.