Pak ban wont affect Agent Vinod revenues Saif

Pak ban wont affect Agent Vinod revenues Saif

By: || Updated: 22 Mar 2012 08:53 AM


Mumbai: Actor-producer
Saif Ali Khan isn't perturbed over Pakistan banning "Agent Vinod", saying
that very little revenue would be lost by the restriction imposed on his
home production, which is releasing Friday.

"We have lost some
revenue, just around Rs.1 crore. They are always banning our movies.
'Kurbaan' was also banned," Saif told IANS adding that "We also shot in
Pakistan without their permission."

" 'Agent Vinod' is for
Indians but it is not against Pakistanis," said Saif and added with a
smile: "But I understand if they get upset because we are beating them up
quite often in the film."

Directed by Sriram Raghavan, "Agent
Vinod" has Saif in the title role and Kareena Kapoor as the female lead.

Talking
about characterization of Pakistanis in "Agent Vinod", he said: "We have
shown the Pakistani Army involved with the Taliban and Afghanistan. We
have shown them assassinating their own ISI chief. We have shown them
encouraging terrorist activities in India and financing the LET. If you
feel this is unreasonable or not true, then it is fair enough."

"I
think it is all quite true. May be they didn't like that but they do
know," he added.

Once a prolific moviemaking country, Pakistan
had 1,300 cinema halls in the 1970s with an average annual production of
around 300 movies. But by 2005, the country had only 270 cinema halls and
made about 18 movies a year. The rest of the movie halls have been
converted into gas stations, shopping malls or car showrooms.

In
2010, just eight Pakistani movies were produced.

Movie buffs in
Pakistan had a hearty appetite for Bollywood movies, but they had to watch
pirated copies of Hindi films as the release of Indian films had been
banned in Pakistan.

In 2008, the Pakistan government lifted the
ban on Indian films and that has given a much-needed boost to the cinema
business.





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