‘Mulk’ banned in Pakistan, director urges viewers to watch it ‘illegally’

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New Delhi, Aug 3: The Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu’s court drama, ‘Mulk’ in Pakistan, which hits the screens today.

The makers of the film are upset over the “prejudiced verdict”. Director Anubhav Sinha has urged viewers in Pakistan to “watch the film illegally, if you must”.

According to a statement issued on behalf of the makers on Thursday, the Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned the film, a courtroom drama around restoring the honour of a Muslim family accused of treason.

Danyal Gilani, Chairman, Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors ( CBFC), told news agency  IANS via the social media: “Members of the CBFC unanimously decided not to approve the trailer of ‘Mulk’ as its contents flout the Censorship of Film Code, 1980.”

“Mulk” co-producer and presenter Deepak Mukut of Soham Rockstar Entertainment is disheartened, said “We are disturbed by this prejudiced verdict and it’s such an irony because our film talks about this very prejudice. We urge the Pakistani Censor Board to reconsider their decision. “They will realise how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world.”

Director Anubhav Sinha took to Twitter to express his anguish at the decision of the censor board in Pakistan. He penned a “letter to Pakistan”, through which he raises a question about why the censors in Pakistan are not letting the citizens watch a film “that talks about co-existence”.

Addressed to “Dear citizens of Pakistan” in what he calls a “risk of being called an anti-national by some losers back home”, Sinha’s letter reaches out to film lovers across the border as they will not be able to see the film legally.

“Why is it that they do not want you to see the film that talks about co-existence. I know, sooner or later, you will have access to the film. Please do watch it and give me your opinion why did the Pakistan censor board ban the film.

“I really wanted you all to see this film legally, but do watch it illegally, if you must, though our digital team at home is working hard to stop all piracy,” wrote Sinha, who also pointed out how based on the trailer, some people in India thought it was pro-Muslim and people in Pakistan felt it stereotyped Muslims.

Sinha has maintained the film is about “love that all of us individuals should have”.

“You have Hindus as a minority in your country and we have Muslims as a minority in ours. We all must work towards co-existing in peace and harmony.”

A Benaras Media Works production, “Mulk” is produced by Mukut and Sinha. The film features Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta.

Read More: ‘Mulk’ Review: Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu magnificent in intense courtroom drama

In the recent past, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor-starrer Veere Di Wedding was banned since the censor board deemed the film ‘vulgar’ and ‘obscene’.

Starring Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor, PadMan was banned because its storyline revolved around the subject of menstruation, which is considered a taboo in the country.

Alia Bhatt’s Raazi was banned due to its controversial content, while Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees was banned because of its ‘inaccurate portrayal of Muslims’.

Anushka Sharma’s Pari was banned on the grounds that the film’s content supposedly promoted black magic, non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments black magic, non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments.

Meanwhile, Bollywood’s other films- “Karwaan” and “Fanney Khan” which hit the screens on Friday (Aug 3), have been cleared for release in Pakistan.


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