K-P govt gives cinemas go-ahead for screening ‘Maalik’ despite ban

Published: April 28, 2016


PESHAWAR: Just a day after the federal authorities slapped a ban on the controversial film Maalik, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government said on Thursday it will not restrict anyone from screening it in the province.

“This film is against corruption and we will not stop anyone if they want to exhibit the film in any cinema in the province,” K-P government spokesperson Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said while talking to The Express Tribune.

However, he was of the opinion that the government wouldn’t run the movie on its own but will not stop the cinemas from doing so either.

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It is pertinent to mention that K-P has no provincial censor board and all the movies exhibited in the cinemas are approved by the federal authority which makes it next to impossible for Maalik to be screened in theatres of the province.

Commenting on the matter, federal censor board chairman Mubashir Khan said a large number of cinemas in K-P fall under cantonment area which restrict them to follow the Motion Picture Ordinance 1979.

“Stern actions can be taken against cinemas that would run the banned movie [Maalik],” he told The Express Tribune.

Three weeks after the Ashir Azeem directorial Maalik premiered at theatres across Pakistan, the federal information ministry had slapped a ban on the film on April 27.

According to a notification, the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage declared the film ‘uncertified’ according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.

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“The information ministry reserves the right to ban any film at any time. Maalik has been banned because it shows a former chief minister as a man of corruption and opulence,” a ministry official, requesting anonymity, told The Express Tribune.

The film was in hot waters off late. On April 26, it seemed its fate was sealed when the Sindh Board of Film Certification (SBFC) placed a three-month ban on it. However, the decision was reversed within a few hours of the announcement.

According to a copy of the notification issued by the SBFC, the decision was taken after it was discovered that the film was playing in cinemas without excisions suggested by the board.

One of the major talking points of the notification was how the word ‘CM’ was not censored as directed during the certification process.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Ali
    Apr 28, 2016 - 9:04PM

    The movie was not banned because it showed corruption. A lot of dramas and movies show it and are running without any problems. The movie got banned because it showed a private guard killing CM Sindh and it showed that taliban are more patriotic than the politicians in this country. Shame on the movie makers for these two huge mistakes.Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Apr 28, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Very good move !!!
    Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is independent country, they can decide any thing out of Pak constitution.Recommend

  • Sara Khan
    Apr 29, 2016 - 12:05AM

    They should release it on YouTube and other video content websites…. get it to the peopleRecommend

  • Abid Shah
    Apr 29, 2016 - 12:49AM

    By closing eyes to current issues will not solve the challenge ahead. Movie is not a threat to nation or state, it may be threat to few feuds and politicians who hold public for ransom. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 29, 2016 - 1:31AM

    They should have shown the CM ( a politician ) kissing children, helping the poor, feeding the hungry, opening schools and going to office in a Suzuki Alto …… and if the government had banned it, I would agree and commend their honesty.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Apr 29, 2016 - 3:21AM

    Thank you KPK governmentRecommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Apr 29, 2016 - 6:36AM

    This move shows the fragility of Pakistan as a federation,where a federal writ cannot be implemented. Time to form mini nations !Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:43AM

    KP’s decision amounts to treason. What can we expect from anarchist’s government. The seeds he and his KP’s government is sowing will destroy Pakistan. Recommend

  • ali jaan
    Apr 29, 2016 - 7:46AM

    A typical move by boots against democracy. As expected PTI polishes their masters the boots.Recommend

  • Saad
    Apr 29, 2016 - 11:22AM

    Govt. is wong in banning the movie and KPK Govt. is wrong in defying Federal Govt. but then KPK is led by IK so what do you expect?

    Why? Because a provincial Govt. is defying Federal Govt. ban on a movie? Countries are not made or destoryed on such trivial matters. What about the red corridor in your country? Your Govt’s writ is not there. Why not make a country out of it?Recommend

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