- "The had to pay a hefty sum for the digital rights," said a fan
- "It was a great experience," the fan added
- "It's a wonderful gesture," said Salim Khan
One of the cine-goers told mid-day that the screening was organised to support the idea of solidarity that the film promotes: "The film may have been banned here, but we endorse the idea of brotherhood that it promotes. We wish we didn't have to hold the screening discreetly. We want to tell Salman Bhai we have immense love for him and his movies," mid-day quoted the fan as saying.
An auditorium full of Salman Khan fans had a great time, the fan added in the interview to mid-day: "It was a great experience. Tiger Zinda Hai depicts the ties of love between India and Pakistan in such a pure way. We were cheering and hooting during Salman's action scenes." mid-day also reported the fan as saying: "The man, who took the initiative, had to pay a hefty sum for the digital rights. The movie was screened via a USB in the digital cinema projector."
While busy star Salman Khan's views on the initiative by his Lahore fans is unknown, his father Salim Khan told mid-day: "It's a wonderful gesture. I feel films from India should be allowed to release in Pakistan, and their films should be allowed to screen here. That will happen only once the situation between the two countries improves."
Not just Tiger Zinda Hai, Pakistan has also banned films such as Tubelight, Dangal, Naam Shabana, Raees and PadMan in the recent past. Tiger Zinda Hai, which tracks the story of an Indian spy (Salman Khan) and his Pakistani counterpart (played by katrina Kaif), released in India on Christmas last year and has scored over Rs 300 crores at the box office.