Bollywood film set to open in India after Pakistani actor ban

After an industry body agreed to ban actors from across the border in future, A top Bollywood film mired in controversy for featuring a Pakistani actor will open as scheduled in India during the festival of Diwali.

On Saturday, The Film and Television Producers Guild of India has now promised to bar Pakistani actors in future under a deal brokered between the sides.

A hardline Hindu-nationalist party had threatened to attack cinemas that showed prominent Indian director Karan Johar’s film, as tensions run high between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The film, is set for release next weekend, starring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, two days before the Hindu Diwali festival of lights, an important holiday in India.

The guild’s president, Mukesh Bhatt, told reporters after the meeting, “We will not work with any Pakistani artist in the future, In the larger interest of the sentiments of the people and the soldiers and the entire country.”

Johar and his colleagues have agreed to contribute 50 million rupees ($747,220) to the Indian army as penance for using a Pakistani actor, Under the deal.

Hindu nationalists in India have threatened violence at cinemas showing films featuring Pakistani actors. In a series of tit-for-tat moves in the entertainment industry, Pakistan has suspended screening all Indian films until tensions calm.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

according to Raj Thackeray, head of the far-right regional party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, They have also agreed to run a tribute to the soldiers who were killed.

The state capital, Mumbai, is the home of Bollywood. The deal was struck at a meeting between Johar, Thackeray and the guild and brokered by chief minister of Maharashtra state, Devendra Fadnavis.