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Wed, 27 Mar 2019

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Pakistan Bans Rishi Kapoor and Tapsee Pannu Starrer ‘Mulk’

Pakistan Bans Rishi Kapoor and Tapsee Pannu Starrer ‘Mulk’
August 03
17:17 2018

Anubhav Sinha’s courtroom drama Mulk, which released on Friday, has been banned in Pakistan. However, film director Sinha, who are upset over the “prejudiced verdict”, has urged viewers in Pakistan to watch the film “illegally if they must”.

A statement issued on behalf of the filmmakers confirmed that the Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned Mulk – a courtroom drama around restoring the honour of a Muslim family accused of treason.

“We are disturbed by this prejudiced verdict and it’s such an irony because our film talks about this very prejudice. We urge the Pakistani Censor Board to reconsider their decision. They will realise how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world,” said Deepak Mukut of Soham Rockstar Entertainment.

Disappointed over the film being banned in the neighbouring country, Sinha penned a “letter to Pakistan” in which he questioned Pakistan Censor Board’s motive behind not letting citizens watch a film “that talks about co-existence”.

Addressed to “Dear citizens of Pakistan” in what he calls a “risk of being called an anti-national by some losers back home”, Sinha’s letter reaches out to film lovers across the border as they will not be able to see the film legally.

“Why is it that they do not want you to see the film that talks about co-existence. I know, sooner or later, you will have access to the film. Please do watch it and give me your opinion why did the Pakistan censor board ban the film.”

“I really wanted you all to see this film legally, but do watch it illegally if you must, though our digital team at home is working hard to stop all piracy,” wrote Sinha, who also pointed out how based on the trailer, some people in India thought it was pro-Muslim and people in Pakistan felt it stereotyped Muslims.

Sinha has maintained the film is about “love that all of us individuals should have”.

“You have Hindus as a minority in your country and we have Muslims as a minority in ours. We all must work towards co-existing in peace and harmony.”

This is not the first time when a Bollywood film has been banned in Pakistan.

Recently, Kareena Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor-starrer Veere Di Wedding was banned by the Pakistan Censor Board who deemed it as vulgar and obscene.

Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman was also banned because its storyline revolved around the subject of menstruation which is considered a taboo in the country.

Anushka Sharma-starrer Pari was banned on ground that the film promoted black magic, non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments.

A Benaras Media Works production, “Mulk” is produced by Mukut and Sinha. The film features Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta.

Bollywood’s other releases for Friday — “Karwaan” and “Fanney Khan” — have been cleared for release in Pakistan, according to trade sources.

- India.com


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