After Ajay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Just Said He Doesn’t Want His Movie Released In Pakistan

By Arslan Athar | 25 Feb, 2019

Since the Pulwama Attack, the Indian Film Industry has taken some pretty bold stances against Pakistan. First, it was Kangana announcing that destroying Pakistan was necessary, then Ajay refused to show his film here and finally, T-Series deleted all songs by Pakistani artists online. These past few days seemed to have calmed people down, however, it turns out that wasn’t the case.

Over the weekend, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui said during a press conference that he would not like his upcoming film ‘Photograph’ to release in Pakistan. 

Ugh, not him too!

Source: Netflix


Nawazuddin Siddiqui is an actor that is widely respected in Pakistan and his projects attract huge fanfare, however, this statement is set to change these things up. According to multiple news sources, the actor is aware of his Pakistani fanbase but feels that this decision is right given the context of the Pulwama Attacks.

‘Photograph’ definitely seemed like a promising film, given the talent within it and also the fact that the director of this film also directed ‘The Lunchbox’. 

Source: AA Films


Pakistanis, of course, had mixed reactions. 

Source: Metronome / Facebook


Nawazuddin’s Pakistani fanbase was left shocked.

Source: Metronome / Facebook


Source: Metronome / Facebook


Some people pointed out that this move could be due to pressure on the actor. 

Source: Metronome / Facebook


Source: Metronome / Facebook


It’s quite ironical that Nawazuddin is making this statement right now. Let’s not forget that the actor wasn’t too happy when his previous film, ‘Manto’, was banned in Pakistan. Manto is a figure in Pakistan and India that symbolizes freedom of thought and artistic expression. Then again, the political climate of India needs to be considered as well as the fact that Nawazuddin belongs in the Muslim minority in India. All that being said, it is still EXTREMELY disheartening to see an actor as fine as Nawazuddin bend to the will of threats and public pressure (if that is the case).

Unlike the time Ajay refused to show his movie in Pakistan, Pakistanis are really surprised to see this statement from the actor. Nawazuddin is someone who is regarded as very talented and level headed. This just goes to show the extent of the hate narrative being spewed in India and the effects it is happening on people, especially Muslims in India.

I cannot speak to how Pakistanis will see Nawazuddin in the future, but here’s hoping everyone chills out, and all this hate fades away or at least gets better.

Kangana Ranaut Wants Pakistan’s Destruction, But Won’t Stop Her Film, Manikarnika, From Being Shown Here

Here’s Why Banning Bollywood Movies Is Bad For The Pakistani Entertainment Industry

Cover Photo Courtesy: Prathamesh Bandekar and

Share This

More Recent Stories


Perks of Owning a Motorcycle in the Current Economic Situation

26 Sep, 2023

The Biggest Giveaway Competition in Pakistan’s History: Win 1000 Earbuds, 100 Portable Speakers, & A Trip To Baku

22 Sep, 2023

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Highlights from WEXNET 23, the Largest Exhibition in Lahore

20 Sep, 2023

Zindigi and EFU Collaborate to Digitize Insurance Landscape

19 Sep, 2023

Wearing Spectacles for the First Time: Here’s What You Will Have to Bear

19 Sep, 2023

‘In a Station of the Metro’ but in Pakistan

18 Sep, 2023