The Bhansali film has been termed anti-Islamic in Pakistan! Read on to know more...
Two of the biggest films are set to hit the cinema halls tomorrow - Dilwale starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon and Bajirao Mastani starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. However just a day before the release date, Bajirao Mastani seems have run in to some unexpected trouble in Pakistan. Yes!
Knowing that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani explores the relationship between Bajirao Peshwa and his Muslim wife Mastani, it has been a topic of hot discussion in the Indian subcontinent, however Bajirao mastani has failed to get a no objection certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan.
Reports in the The Express Tribune quote Mobasher Hasan, chairman of the CBFC explaining why the decision to not allow screening was made,“Firstly, the film is in Hindi and our ordinance does not allow Hindi films to be screened. Secondly, it is a historical drama that is indirectly against Islam and Muslims,”.
While speculations that intimate scenes and certain dialogues could have also played a part in the decision to ban the film, Hasan clarified that the reason for not allowing the release is not because of these reasons. The Pakistan's censor board has termed the film anti-islamic and has said that it cannot allow such a film to be released in Pakistan.
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However, according to the local film distributors who called for a full film review again, the board has agreed to review it previous decision. However the outcome is yet to declared. They hope that because regional boards of Punjab and Sindh have no objection to the film's release the CBFC might reconsider its decision and clear it for release however it appears ot be a long shot.
While the final decision is yet to be made, Shah Rukh Khan's Diwale has been approved for release in Pakistan.