KARACHI — Pakistani films must receive 85 percent of screen time in Pakistani theatres, according to the Sindh High Court.
It comes after the disaster of local films receiving less screen time than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
According to the legislation of the land, foreign films will not be exhibited in excess of 15%, according to a high court judgement published on May 19. According to the high court judgement, foreign film releases must follow the Motion Picture Ordinance of 1979, which says that overseas films imported to Pakistan can only receive 15% screen space if homegrown films are also screening in cinemas.
The plaintiffs in the Sindh High Court actions 754, 754, and 755 are Cereal Entertainment (Adnan Siddiqui and Akhter Hasnain’s firm), Wajahat Rauf and Shazia Wajahat, and Farid Nawaz Productions (Yasir Nawaz and Nida Yasir) for their films Dum Mastam, Parde Mein Rehne Do, and Chakkar.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Central Board of Film Censors, the Punjab Film Censor Board, the Sindh Board of Film Censors, the Pakistan Competition Commission, J.B. Films, Nueplex Cinemas, Cinepax Cinemas, Cinegold Cinemas, HKC Entertainment, and the Karachi District South deputy commissioner are among the 12 defendants in the lawsuits.
Previously, filmmakers demanded compensation for losses incurred as a result of the distribution of screen time.