However, he did confirm it will release there...
We have seen often that films which even have a minute connection with Pakistan fear a ban from the nation. Not surprising because a lot of Hindi movies fail to release there because they feel the content is anti-Pakistan. It happened with Aanand L Rai's Raanjhanaa and very recently with Dishoom. So when Rai's production house came up with Happy Bhag Jayegi where Diana Penty lands in Lahore after escaping from her wedding, it was only natural to find out if it can expect a release there and the director answered in affirmative. But he did tell us earlier that he is not bothered, even if it doesn't!
At the launch of the Happy Oye song from the film in Lucknow, Rai was asked to comment on the same and he said, "Mujhe wohi lag raha tha. Kisi bhi film ko waha ke liye bhejte hai to koi na koi complication ho hi jati hai jiske wajah se humari kaafi filmein waha release nahi ho pati hai. By grace of God, waha ki audience ko bhi ye film dekhne ko milegi. It's releasing in Pakistan. (I was wondering about that too. Whenever a film has been sent there, complications have risen because of which a lot of our films didn't get a release there. By the grace of God, people there will get to watch this film.)
But even if it didn't, Rai is least concerned anyway. While speaking exclusively to Bollywoodlife, the director had explained why. "I have said it before when Ranjhaanaa was banned there. I am not worried about other country or how they react to my film. I am only worried about my own people. I made this film for my own people. When I say own people, I mean my people in Pakistan also and in Australia as well. I am really proud of one thing that our country is more liberal and more understanding. We haven't stopped our people from watching lots of stuff. There is no reason for it to get banned there because it is not talking about politics or has any agenda. It's just talking about people here and people there," says Rai.
So what if it does get banned? Will you feel bad about it? "I feel sorry for the people there. They are not getting their share of entertainment. If you talk about this film, they won't get any reason to stop it, " asserts Rai.
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