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Cinemas ordered to run anti-tobacco public service messages

ISLAMABAD: The tobacco control cell of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC), along with the federal Film Censor Board has launched a pilot advocacy campaign in cinemas across Pakistan to combat tobacco use. In this campaign, two tobacco control messages "Alive" and "Sponge" have been disseminated to all cinemas through Central Film Censor Board to broadcast them during their shows regularly. The 30-second "Sponge" ad graphically depicts how cigarettes smoke causes preventable…

Saudi Arabia announces to lift ban on cinemas after 35 years

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, in a major announcement today, said it will allow cinemas early next year for the first time in more than 35 years as part of the kingdom’s plan to revive the entertainment industry and overhaul the economy. According to the statement of Ministry of Culture and Information as quoted by the Khaleej Times, the first multiplexes are expected to open in March 2018, Saudi Arabia’s Islamic clerical establishment and Saudis have typically frowned upon non-religious forms of entertainment such as cinema…

Rajput group threatens to burn cinemas if Padmavati released without their consent

Jai Rajputana Sangh, a fringe Rajput group has threatened that if they are not shown Padmavati movie before its release, they will burn the cinemas that screen the flick based on a true story of a Rajput queen and a Muslim king. Founder of Jai Rajputana Sangh, Bhanwar Singh Reta warned that they would not tolerate any ‘distortion of history’ and if any romance is shown between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, they would burn cinema halls screening the film. “Our members are trained in handling a large array of…

Saudi govt likely to reopen cinemas

RIYADH: After years-long shutdown and blackout, Saudi Arabia is likely to open door of cinemas for its citizens in revival of multiplexes as part of social changes.   “Cinema houses will reopen in Saudi Arabia soon…the decision is not in our hands but they will open again because of social changes and the fact that they do not contradict religion,” a newspaper in the Gulf kingdom cited Sultan Al Bazi, Chairman of the Saudi culture and arts association as saying. Read more: Curtain rises on Saudi film festival despite…