Pakistan hasn’t always been very happy with the movies we produce and has banned a few too many. The recent film to join the banned ranks is Kabir Khan‘s Phantom. Barely a deal that the Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan won hearts on both sides of the border not too long ago. According to Jamat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and the Lahore High Court, Phantom contains "filthy propaganda" against Pakistan. But of course, this isn’t always the reason for a film to be banned. Sometimes, the movie fails to get the required clearances from the Pakistani Censor Board and sometimes it is because of "anti-Pakistani and anti-Muslim" content. Let’s take a look at the list of 10 banned movies in Pakistan and the reasons they didn’t particularly thrill our neighbors.
Tere Bin Laden (2010)
The movie’s controversial view of Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden earned it a ban in Pakistan. The decision-makers felt the movie would hurt feelings and cause a riot there. The fact that the movie starred Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar didn’t impress them either.
The Dirty Picture (2011)
A no brainer! The bold scenes in the movie assured the Censor Board in Pakistan it deserved to be banned.
Delhi Belly (2011)
Delhi Belly’s bold content was a major issue. The language and the swear words in the film caused quite a stir. Speak no evil!
Agent Vinod (2012)
The film showed Saif Ali Khan playing a RAW agent taking on terrorists and didn’t particularly paint a flattering picture of the ISI and Pakistan. Result – banned, of course.
Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
Salman Khan‘s film was banned because it too showed the ISI in poor light. They take these things seriously, yes.
Khiladi 786 (2012)
This reason is slightly different. The Akshay Kumar starrer was banned because of the number 786. The number is sacred to Islam and since the movie was a comedy, the Pakistani Board found the association distasteful.
Pakistani Censor Board cited "controversial theme" as the reason for the ban. The story line has a Muslim girl played by Sonam Kapoor falling in love with a Hindu guy. Now, did you see that coming?
David’s content, the Board thought went against national interests portraying a point of view of Islam and Pakistan’s armed forces that were “wrong” and deemed hurtful. And hence, yup, banned!
Akshay Kumar’s film, Baby was banned since the negative characters in the film had Muslim names. The Pakistani Censor Board said it showed a negative image of Muslims. And when you watch the movie, it gets further apparent. Baby had it coming.
Another recent ban. It was accused of propagating anti-Pakistani and anti-Muslim feelings. They said it, not us.
Apart from the films mentioned, there were other big films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Chennai Express that were initially put on-hold.