New Delhi: The Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned Anubhav Sinha’s courtroom drama Mulk, which hit the screens on August 3. This is not the first time for a Bollywood film to be banned in Pakistan.
In the recent past the Veere Di Wedding was banned, as the censor board deemed the film vulgar and obscene. Padman was also banned because its storyline revolved around the subject of menstruation which is still considered a taboo in the country.
The list continues with Raazi, Raes, Pari (banned on the grounds that the film’s content promoted black magic, non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments black magic, non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments); Neerja and Raanjhanaa.
On this, Deepak Mukut, Soham Rockstar Entertainment states, “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 of Mulk, Anubhav Sinha in an open message to Pakistanis questioned the decision of their censor board: “Why is it so that they do not want you to see the film that talks about co-existence?”
Here’s his entire note:
The film centres around a family whose son is allegedly involved in a terror plot, and overnight after the allegation society turns against them.
Mulk is produced by Deepak Mukut and Anubhav Sinha. The film features Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta.