Amid tension following the terrorist attack in Uri, an Indian TV Channel has said that it will stop telecasting Pakistani TV shows. Zindagi channel, which syndicates content from countries such as Pakistan, Egypt and Turkey, said it will revamp programming without channels from Pakistan.
"Will not shut down Zindgi channel but revamp programming without Serials from Pakistan, we will have Indian subjects on Muslim community," chairman Subhash Chandra said. Calling Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's speech at the United Nations General Assembly, "unfortunate", he said artistes from the country should also leave India immediately.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) launched Zindagi in 2014. The channel has telecast many notable Pakistani television shows such as "Aunn Zara", "Humsafar", "Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain", "Maat" and Zindagi Gulzar Hai, which have been well-received in India.
Mr Chandra's tweet comes after the Raj Thackeray-led MNS asked Pakistani artistes like Fawad and Mahira Khan to leave India immediately, failing which the shooting of their movies will be stalled. The party has written an open letter to Bollywood producers and production houses, asking them why they need to rope in actors from the neighbouring country when enough talent is available in India.
Actors like Mahira Khan (featuring in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Raees') and "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" star Fawad are hijacking the opportunities of Indian artistes, MNS General Secretary Shalini Thackeray had said.