On Wednesday night, China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council blocked the move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief for the fourth time under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.
Commenting on the same issue, director Hansal Mehta raised a question on his Twitter handle and wrote: "Will we take a stand and not release our films in China? #MasoodAzhar"
While a few users agreed with the director and said that a small change can result into something bigger, there were others who thought that banning release in China will be India's loss after all. What do you think?
One user wrote: "A small step can make a big change. If we all take the stand. #MasoodAzhar" and the other said: "Good point. Unfortunately ans is no coz China is much bigger market for Indian cinema."
One fan wrote: "That's great decision sir. That's what we as a nation should stand together. Very well done." And the other tweeted: "Definitely .. and what we get from China for releasing a movie is quite negligible.. anyway collection doest matter..hope all we need to communicate China that we are not happy. [sic]"
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Furious Indians also started #BoycottChineseProducts on Twitter. In a press statement, MEA said that it "will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".
For those unaware, China's movie box office revenue is approximately 60.98 billion yuan, according to the reports. “It should be noted that the average box-office earnings for Indian films this year is still far higher than the average for 2016, the year before Dangal became a megahit that kicked off the current Indian wave in China,” the report quoted by the tabloid, Global Times said.
In the latest run, Ayushmann Khurrana's thriller film 'Andhadhun' will be releasing in China as 'Piano Player'.