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No Pakistani movie at this year's Mumbai film festival

ANI  |  Mumbai [India] 

Amidst the controversy over the hiring of Pakistani artists and technicians in Indian films, the Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) on Monday decided to boycott Pakistani movies.

MAMI would not exhibit any Pakistani film in this year's edition of the film festival.

The 18th edition of the festival will be held from October 20-27 in which over 180 films from 54 countries would be screened at several spots across the city.

On Friday, the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of (COEAI) also decided to boycott Fawad Khan starrer 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' and said their decision has been taken considering the patriotic sentiments of the country amid tensions between and following the September 18 Uri terror attack in which 19 soldiers were martyred.

The Navnirman Sena (MNS) had earlier issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Pakistani actors to quit and said it would not let movies -- including 'ADHM' and 'Raees' -- to release.

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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 15:29 IST