Pad Man banned in Pakistan! Pakistan`s CBFC yet to decide on an NOC
By Ankita Mohanty
Feb 12, 2018
- Akshay Kumar`s `Pad Man` faces ban in Pakistan.
- A film with “taboo” subjects such as menstruation cannot be allowed screening in Pakistan
-Pakistan`s Federal Censor Board refused to clear Bollywood movie Padman.
-Chief of Pakistan`s CBFC has announced that the body is yet to watch the film and decide on the NOC.
Akshay Kumar`s `Pad Man` is yet another movie that has managed to lock horns with Pakistan Censor Board.
`Pad Man`, a film highlighting awareness on menstrual hygiene, has not yet been released in Pakistan. If Pakistani media reports are to be believed, film importers in Pakistan have been slammed over the release of Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman on grounds of ruining Islamic traditions, history, and culture.
But a senior official said it has not been denied a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for import into Pakistan.`Pad Man` tells a story of an Arunachalam Muruganantham’s journey to make affordable sanitary napkins. The movie is apparently banned (for now) in Pakistan due to its sensitive subject.
Pakistan Censor Board chief Mobashir Hasan has however commented that the decision on NOC was yet to be taken as the film had not yet been "pre-viewed by the Central Board of Film Censors". A statement, posted on Hasan`s Twitter account read: "The decision to issue a NOC by the Ministry of Information Broadcasting National History and Literary Heritage is yet to be taken on the release of a foreign feature film `Pad Man` as the film has not yet been pre-viewed by the ... Censors."
Hasan further added, "The decision to grant NOC to the subject film will be based on the merit and criteria of the ... Censors, not vexatious, false and irresponsible political motives being created on various media platforms on the back of the film. It is advisable to maintain principles of integrity whilst making statements on any issues... Good values are the foundation upon which we will build a prosperous Pakistan, not upon a decision of releasing a solitary film,"
Directed by R. Balki, `Pad Man` is based on a short story from Twinkle Khanna`s book `The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad`. It released in India, Russia, Ivory Coast and Iraq on Friday.
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