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‘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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NCB chief Asthana in Mumbai, apprised of developments in case

Besides the NCB, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED are also probing his death.

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Mumbai, Sep 27 : With the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) questioning several top Bollywood divas as part of its investigation into the drug angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the drug law enforcement agency’s chief Rakesh Asthana arrived in Mumbai on Sunday to take stock of the probe.

According to NCB sources, Asthana, who flew from Delhi to Mumbai earlier in the day, met several officers and was briefed on the two drugs cases the agency had registered last month after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) wrote to it following the alleged chats of several Bollywood celebrities purportedly discussing drugs.

He was also apprised of the latest developments in the case by the NCB’s SIT.

The NCB questioned Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Deepika’s former manager Karishma Prakash on Saturday.

It had questioned Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh, Dharma Productions’ former executive producer Kshitij Prasad Ravi, fashion designer Simone Khambatta and Anubhav Chopra on Friday.

After being questioned for several hours, Kshitij was also arrested by the NCB on Saturday.

The agency has already arrested Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik, the late actor’s house manager Samuel Miranda, personal staff Dipesh Sawant and several others.

Sushant was found dead in his Bandra flat on June 14.

Besides the NCB, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the ED are also probing his death.

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Shooting at NOIDA Film City to begin in 3-4 months, officials inspect site

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently approved a proposal to set up the Film City in 1,000 acre of land along the Yamuna Expressway, near Noida

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Shooting at the upcoming Film City in Gautam Buddh Nagar can begin in three to four months from now, senior government official Awanish Awasthi said Sunday, according to BJP MLA Dhirendra Singh.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) and Information Awanish Awasthi inspected the site in the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s (YEIDA’s) Sector 21 and instructed officials to submit a detailed project report (DPR) soon.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently approved a proposal to set up the Film City in 1,000 acre of land along the Yamuna Expressway, near Noida.

Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh tweeted in Hindi, Additional Chief Secretary to UP government Awanish Awasthi toured the proposed film city site in Sector 21 of Yamuna Authority. He said that shooting will begin at this location in 3 to 4 months.

YEIDA’s officer on special duty Shailendra Bhatia said Awasthi observed the road connectivity and development adjacent to the site and in the areas nearby. He also instructed YEIDA to prepare the DPR for the film city.

Asked as to by when a DPR could be submitted, Bhatia told PTI: As soon as possible.

Awasthi, also the chairman of Film Bandhu, the nodal agency of the state government for cinema-related activities, was joined by YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh during the site inspection.

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Urvashi Rautela: I wish you self-esteem so high that you’re humble

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Mumbai, Sep 26 : Actress Urvashi Rautela has a simple wish for her fans and followers on social media.

In a new Instagram, picture, Urvashi is seen dressed in a blue shirt and white blazer. She completes her look with bright bold lips and smokey eyes.

“I wish you self-esteem so high that you’re humble,” she wrote alongside the image, which currently has 414K likes.

The actress is currently busy with her Telugu debut film, “Black Rose”, directed by Sampath Nandi.

Urvashi recently gave a sneak peek into the character she plays in the film. “Our makers have unveiled the first look of the film, Black Rose, today and as you can see I am wearing a beautiful sari that also symbolises the title of the film. I am seen walking on the runway in the poster,” she had said.

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