Raees will not be released in Pakistan: censor board

Published: February 6, 2017
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Screengrab from Raees

Screengrab from Raees

LAHORE: The much-awaited Mahira and Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees will not release in Pakistan.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said Monday the Rahul Dholakia directorial, which marks Mahira’s Bollywood debut will not release in the country due to its ‘objectionable’ content.

“Owing to subtle portrayal of Muslims as criminals, violent and terrorists, the recommendations forwarded by the CBFC panel deemed the film unsuitable for public screening,” a source privy to the development told The Express Tribune.

Raees censor screening underway across Pakistan

“We could not issue a certificate because the film portrays Islam and a particular Muslim sect in negative light,” the source added.

Most members objected to the film’s release, an official of the Punjab censor board said, adding that they will follow the decision of the central censor board.

CBFC chairman Mobashir Hasan could not be reached for comment.

The long awaited, self-imposed ban on Bollywood films ended on February 1 as Karachi’s Atrium Cinemas screened Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil. The information ministry and CBFC also cleared Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for screening in the country.

Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave the thumbs up to the information ministry to lift the ‘ban’.

According to an official handout issued by the information ministry, the government is “pleased to continue the existing open policy to display all international movies (including Indian films) in Pakistani cinemas”.

Govt lifts ‘ban’ on Indian movies

The statement, however, pointed out that the cinema houses would be allowed to screen movies only after approval from relevant censor boards.

Following Uri attacks and ‘surgical strikes’ along the Line of Control, Pakistani cinema owners in September 2016 had decided not to screen Indian movies until tensions between the two countries receded. They took the decision after the Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association banned all Pakistani artists from working in film projects in India.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 6, 2017 - 5:33PM

    Awww what a waste and what a fertile market for pirated DVDs now . Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 6, 2017 - 5:42PM

    Raees is a biography nothing related to religion, The censor board not releasing the movie in Pakistan is highly exaggerated.If the movie was made by Pakistani on Karachi violence it would have been released.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Feb 6, 2017 - 6:00PM

    Does that makes Mahira a non-Pakistani, a blasphemer and a non-Muslim? Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Feb 6, 2017 - 7:41PM

    The movie is too sensitive for Pakistani taste when it comes to religion. The movie indeed depicts Shia sect in the negative, with derogatory dialogues. Recommend

  • Sami
    Feb 6, 2017 - 9:31PM

    Bollywood depicts Shia sect in negative light. Pakistan has second largest Shia population in the world. That is why Pakistan banned it. Recommend

  • Movie Lover
    Feb 7, 2017 - 10:24AM

    well said Bunny Rabbit

    Those who feel its going to effect their feeling dont watch

    the rest will watch . No problemooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mahira & Shahrukh have done a tremendous job – well done guys Recommend

  • Asad Hasan
    Feb 7, 2017 - 10:47AM

    Why is Pakistan screening Indian movies, when there is a ban on Pakistan movies being screened in Indian cinemas?Recommend

  • Blue whale
    Feb 7, 2017 - 11:51AM

    I am sure that self proclaimed patriots like Shaan Shahid / Hamza are behind this . Recommend

  • Khalid rashid
    Feb 7, 2017 - 12:02PM

    Most unfortunate.this is what soft image we are showing to the world .come on !after all it is a movie how can 220 million Pakistanis see this and become violent .moreso it is Indian film ,they are portraying Muslims living in India .watch it as an art .

    Secondly our own actress is coming for the first time against a top hero .

    It will pity if film is not releasedRecommend

  • kaamAdmi
    Feb 7, 2017 - 7:33PM

    what about banning Indian fruits and vege poring in from wahgah border daily?Recommend

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