Bowing to pressure from a breakaway faction of the ruling Maoists, theatres across Nepal have stopped showing Hindi movies to express solidarity with the outfit's anti-India stand.
"Fifty cinema halls, which were showing Hindi films, stopped screening Indian movies from Monday," said Raj Kumar Rai, Chairman of Nepal Film Producers Association.
"We have expressed solidarity to the Maoists' demand to stop screening of Hindi movies in the halls across the country," Rai told PTI.
The move has affected entertainment of around 100,000 people causing loss of millions of rupees, he said.
"Although we are not against Hindi cinema, we have agreed to halt the screening of Hindi movies for the next 10 days so as to promote Nepalese movies," he said.
Not only Hindi movies, but all foreign films have negatively impacted our indigenous film industry and we hope that this campaign will to some extent help in promoting Nepali movies, he said.
"We want the government to regularise the screening of foreign films so as to encourage the indigenously made films."
The government should adopt proper tax policy and also control the screening of foreign films which are adversely affecting the local film industries, he added.
The CPN-Maoist led by hardline leader Mohan Vaidya had issued a warning at the end of last month, saying that Hindi films were spreading "hatred against Nepal". The outfit also threatened to stop movement of vehicles bearing Indian number plate from entering Nepal as part of its 70 point demands submitted to the government.
However, the party had allowed the movement of Indian vehicles carrying essentials like cooking gas, diesel and kerosene.