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Indian film 'Raanjhanaa' banned in Pakistan

- July 05, 2013 - Updated 1839 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has banned an Indian film about the love affair of a Muslim-Hindu couple on the grounds that it could offend viewers in the conservative Islamic republic, officials said Friday.


"Raanjhanaa" was scheduled for release in June, but Pakistan's Film Censor Board refused to clear it for cinema showings.


"The censor board did not clear this movie because of its controversial story," Arshad Ali, a senior government official and chairman of the board, told AFP.


"The board recommended that the movie's storyline could offend the majority Muslim population in the country and a law and order situation could arise in response," he said.


According to press reports the film is the love story of a Hindu man and a Muslim woman.


While a huge array of Western and Bollywood films can be bought over the counter on pirated DVD in Pakistan, the censor board routinely bans productions deemed too sensitive for cinemas.


Pakistani movie distributors boycotted Hollywood film "Zero Dark Thirty" about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US troops in Pakistan on May 2, 2011 to the country's humiliating.


In 2012, Pakistan banned Agent Vinod, India's answer to James Bond in which an Indian secret agent thwarts Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi.


India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from British rule in 1947.


In 2010, censors also refused permission for Indian film "Tere bin Laden", which poked fun at bin Laden. The board claimed it would incite suicide attacks.


Pakistan's own film industry declined in recent years, finding itself unable to compete with the huge popularity of Bollywood productions. (AFP)

Reader Comments
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Bring the Film Industry back to the original Media City of Karachi where films used to be made and evidently competed with other International film industries. People don't have to believe me, just study and watch the old black and white Pakistani films that were made in Karachi against our neighboring countries cinema.

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Had been this a story of Muslim man and Hindu girl, there would have been no problem with Pakistani censor.

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