New Delhi, Feb 16: While Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary has finally managed to hit theatres today (Friday)in India, the film has failed to get clearance for release in Pakistan. After Padman, Pakistan has now banned Siddharth Malhotra’s upcoming release Aiyaary for showing corruption in the army and a negative portrayal of Pakistan, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Accoring to Deccan Chronicle, a source says, “Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI has refused to issue an NOC for the film.” Interestingly, Aiyaary had to get an NOC from the Indian Army too. This is director Neeraj Pandey’s third film banned by Pakistan. His earlier films Baby and Naam Shabana also did not release there.
Aiyaary’s premise which is set against the backdrop of Indian Army has proved to be a bone of contention for the neighbouring country. Being an Indian patriotic film, Aiyaary falls next in line for the slew of Indian patriotic films to be banned in Pakistan.
Besides Aiyaary, Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor starrer PadMan also faced a ban in the neighbouring country. Director R Balki had said that banning the film implies being unfair to women and humanity.
It must be noted that in 2017, Pakistan banned six Hindi films including Tiger Zinda Hai, Tubelight and Raees.