India-Pakistan tensions led to strict censorship and even ban on screening movies across the border
(Web Desk) – India-Pakistan tensions have led to strict censorship and even ban on screening certain movies across the border. 16 Bollywood movies have reportedly been banned in Pakistan due to either objectionable content or controversial topics.
The latest movie to be banned in Pakistan was Bollywood action thriller ‘Naam Shabana’. The ban was placed over ‘objectionable content related to terrorism’. The movie was banned a day after its release. However, it was allowed for screening initially, but a theatre in Islamabad showed it without the mandatory cuts, leading to the ban.
Naam Shabana stars Taapsee Pannu and Manoj Bajpayee in lead roles and was initially released in Pakistan on March 31.
Here is the list of 16 Bollywood movies to be banned in Pakistan since 2010.
Tere Bin Laden (2010): Portrayed 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden in a comic role, the censor board was worried that it could trigger a terrorist attack
The Dirty Picture (2011): Too bold for Pakistani audience
Delhi Belly (2011): Tagged vulguar
Lahore (2010): Offensive dialogues
Ek Tha Tiger (2012): The love story between Indian spy Salman Khan and ISI agent Katrina Kaif
Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012): Shah Rukh Khan shown a bomb disposal expert in held Kashmir
Agent Vinod (2012): Saif Ali Khan shown as an Indian intelligence operative while Pakistan shown as pro-Taliban
Khiladi 786 (2012): Number 786 sacred to a part of Muslim population
Chennai Express (2013): Delayed to give space to Pakistani movies on Eid
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013): Indian athlete shown refusing Pakistan tour because his family was killed in partition
David (2013): Inappropriate portrayal of Muharram processions in a song
Raanjhana (2013): Features a love story between Muslim girl and Hindu boy
Baby (2015): Negative portrayal of Muslims
Phantom (2015): A plea was filed by JuD chief Hafiz Saeed against the movie because he is shown as the mastermind behind Mumbai attacks
Jolly LLB 2 (2017): One-sided discussion on Kashmir issue
Raees (2017): Depicts Muslim as a smuggler