Captain Marvel released internationally on the 8th March, and while it was expected to release in Pakistan on that date too, our luck was just not that great. Ever since there has been no word on when the film would come out here, however, it now seems like Captain Marvel will not see the light of day in Pakistan at all.
Cinepax Cinemas confirmed Marvel fans’ greatest fear through a Facebook post earlier today.
They said that the Disney regional office did not give Pakistan the right to release the film here.
Well, this brings up the question as to WHY the Disney regional office would do that?
According to a story by Variety, Disney’s South Asia Regional Office is in India, and it’s being run by a man named, Mahesh Samat. It seems like India is playing petty yet again, that too with a product that isn’t really theirs, to begin with.
People are REALLY distraught by this news and made the ‘India’ connection almost immediately.
Fans immediately began worrying about the upcoming Disney releases.
This is honestly just really sad!
Of course, Pakistanis started finding alternatives.
On one end, people were spelling the end of cinema days in Pakistan.
While there were some people who were convinced this was happening because of bad practice by Pakistani distributors.
With regards to this comment, people were referencing an Express Tribune article as proof. The piece was about how ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’ raked in a lot of money. When the newspaper reached out to the local distributor, Eveready Pictures, for their exact collections, they refused to share that number, stating that Disney would make that call. There is no mention of Pakistani distributors actually keeping the money to themselves.
So, as it stands, it seems like India is stopping the release of ‘Captain Marvel’ in Pakistan.
Aside from the tensions between the two countries, there is no blatant reason why the rights shouldn’t be given to Pakistani distributors for this film. This is India stepping outside the boundaries of what it’s allowed to do- it can stop Bollywood movies from being released here, because it’s their own product, however, ‘Captain Marvel’ is not an Indian film, therefore blocking its release is just plain petty and wrong.
Pakistani distributors should bring up this issue with Disney authorities at their Headquarters since it seems like the regional office is now biased against us.
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