Bangladeshi cinema hall owners have threatened close down their auditorium one by one, if Pathaan is not allowed to be released in Bangladesh. The exhibitors’ announced this at a press conference on Saturday.
Shah Rukh Khan’s blockbuster Pathaan, was scheduled to release in Bangladesh on February 24 but it created turmoil regarding its govt approval. Even Shah Rukh Khan hailed the release in a tweet.
Later, the Ministry of Information has decided not to release Pathaan in Bangladesh for legal complications. Several hall owners lend money to rebuild and modernize their facilities with new technology in preparation for Pathan’s release.
“Even after the ministry gave the go-ahead, there was no written authorization to release it. The movie theatres would close down one by one if this continues,” said the association’s General Secretary, Awlad Hossain.
“No other movie than Hawa and Poran performed well at the box office last year. If this continues then we will have no other option than close the cinema halls,” he also added.
“No particular date for closing the hall has been set yet. But all single screens will be closed any day. This is what the exhibition association and hall owners decided,” the leaders said while responding to a question.
The press conference was also attended by the Vice President of the Film Exhibitors Association Mia Alauddin, Deputy General Secretary Md Khurshid Alam and others.
They all demand that the theatres will be closed one by one until final approval is granted to import 10 Indian movies each year. No particular date for closing the hall has been set yet.