Akshay Kumar’s ‘Padman’ banned in Pakistan


New Delhi, Feb 11: PadMan starring Akshay Kumar, which deals the issue of menstrual hygiene, has been banned in Pakistan.

The country’s Federal Censor Board has refused to give its nod for the release of the R Balki-directed film, which also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles.

“We can’t allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture,” FCB member Ishaq Ahmed said.

Members of the Punjab Film Censor Board also denied watching the film so as to issue a clearance certificate to it.

According to the members, film with “taboo” subjects such as menstruation will not be allowed screening in Pakistan. The Federal Censor Board also denied issuing an NOC to PadMan and announced a ban on the Akshay Kumar-starrer in all cinemas across the country. On the other hand, film distributors were also criticised by the local film producers for purchasing Indian films that are “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture.”

Akshay Kumar, along with Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, is among the cast of the film which is directed by R Balki. PadMan was released in India and worldwide on February 9.

PadMan has opened to a good reception in India. The film had earned Rs 10.26 crore on its first day and is expected to cross the Rs 50 crore mark during the weekend. PadMan is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented the manufacturing machine that could provide sanitary pads to women at a considerably low cost.


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