Producers Guild of India thanks state governments for peaceful release of Pathaan
"The Producers Guild of India is deeply grateful to all the state governments for maintaining law and order, and ensuring peaceful release of the historic blockbuster," the statement reads
The Producers Guild of India (PGI) has thanked the various Indian state governments for ensuring a peaceful release of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan.
Pathaan faced protests and boycott calls from various groups, including the Bajrang Dal, ahead of release. BJP leaders like MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra also threatened to not release the film in the state if appropriate changes were not made.
The PGI posted a statement on their social media accounts.
The letter reads, "Producers Guild of India thanks all state governments for ensuring peaceful release of historic blockbuster Pathaan across India! Tens of thousands of hard-working people make up the Hindi film industry and the larger content producing fraternity for television and steaming services."
"The industry generates employment, contributes to the country's economy and is among the most powerful and effective purveyors of India's soft power across the world. The Producers Guild of India is deeply grateful to all the state governments for maintaining law and order, and ensuring peaceful release of the historic blockbuster Pathan across India!”
"Your efforts in safeguarding the sanctity of cinema so that it can entertain India and Indians has boosted the confidence of the Indian film industry. The industry has existed and grown exponentially for over a century and we are among the few countries where homegrown content still dominates."
"This has been made possible by one thing and one thing alone - the patronage of millions of film lovers across the length and breadth of our great country. Pathaan's success is one of hope, one that makes us believe that the power of love can triumph over everything."
"We share this moment of victory with you all. Thank you for making this happen. Thank you for being enabler of history being scripted in India," the statement said.
Pathaan, released on January 25, has reportedly grossed Rs. 300 crores in three days at the global box-office. The film marks Shah Rukh Khan's comeback after a gap of five years. He's joined in the cast by Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.