Shocking: ‘PadMan’ banned in Pakistan

Published: February 10, 2018
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LAHORE: Members of the Punjab Film Censor Board have denied watching the Bollywood film PadMan so as to issue a clearance certificate to it.

According to the members, film with “taboo” subjects such as menstruation will not be allowed screening in Pakistan. The Federal Censor Board also denied issuing an NOC to PadMan and announced a ban on the Akshay Kumar-starrer in all cinemas across the country. On the other hand, film distributors were also criticised by the local film producers for purchasing Indian films that are “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture.”

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As per sources, the board members have flat-out refused to watch PadMan on request from the distributors. A source from the Punjab Film Censor Board said that all the members were hesitant to watch the film due to its content.

Renowned actor Akshay, along with Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, is among the cast of the film which is directed by R Balki. PadMan was released in India and worldwide on February 9. One local film distribution company also released posters of PadMan stating that it would release Pakistan as well.

Also, distributors IMGC was planning to purchase the film but the censor board had advised them against it. However, another distribution company bought the distribution rights for PadMan on the condition that they will only process payment if it’s been approved by the censor board. After being denied screening, the posters were removed from all the cinemas.

“Earlier there was an issue with Padmaavat and the members are facing criticism for issuing it a certificate already,” said a senior member of Punjab film Censor Board. “In such circumstances, we cannot allow a film whose name, subject and story are not acceptable yet in our society. Central Censor Board also raised objections on the scenes and dialogues of the films that are very sensitive.”

On the other hand, distribution companies and film producers are also condemning groups who are buying such films. According to them, such behaviour by said groups will be the reason that Pakistan might ban all Indian films all over again. They also stated that PadMan faced criticism in India due to its content as well so it does not make sense to talk about such subjects in Pakistan.

PadMan is a 2018 Indian biographical comedy-drama based on the short story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land in Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. The book which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads to villages in India.

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  • Wajahat
    Feb 10, 2018 - 12:48PM

    A reality of life doesn’t mean it has to be shown on a cinema screen, every country has its own cultural values and codes, whats OK for India isn’t necessarily OK for Pakistan. Its also freedom of expression to abide by your own values. You don’t have to be a reckless liberal to be called progressive.Recommend

  • James
    Feb 10, 2018 - 1:04PM

    Good move. No dirty bsht should be allowed. Producer and hero has lost the remaining respect. Irs better to watch real filthy stiff than this crap.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 10, 2018 - 1:13PM

    This is so bizarre. Pakistan takes one step forward and ten steps backward.Recommend

  • Anam Batool
    Feb 10, 2018 - 2:50PM

    Thank God. PAKISTan is not showing such movies. We are islmaic country. We cant discuss these things so freely. Neither we can watch them wih families. Every country has its own values. India is different from Pak. Not necessary to show evrything shown in India. We are taking everything from them all nudity, dances, movies.. create something of your own but not these sort of movies. There are so many other ways to educate people. Those who cant cant buy sanitary pads would also not be able to buy movie ticketsRecommend

  • Hina zainab
    Feb 10, 2018 - 3:42PM

    This film does not match with our culture and Islamic values for that sensor board took right decisionRecommend

  • XoF
    Feb 10, 2018 - 5:31PM

    Despite anyway around, I feel sorry for humans investing time and mind in this Dumb thing called Bollywood. Amm I mean only time as you do not need a Mind to know and see Bollywood. Arguing right or wrong about it is way ahead of a thinking and stupid for both sides. Unfortunately our film industry also tends to copy this low life cliché Razzmatazz formulas for earning quick bucks.Recommend

  • Ash
    Feb 10, 2018 - 10:31PM

    The subject is not relevant to pakistan, just as we women are treated as garbageRecommend

  • Thinker
    Feb 10, 2018 - 11:25PM

    @Wajahat:
    Sure every country has it’s own values but please know that change happens only when people talk about the issue. Please try to read up about how poor menstrual hygiene is a public health issue in Pakistan. You may also want to read up about statistics on school dropout rates of girls because of this as well as health issues because noone wants to raise awareness or talk about it.Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 11, 2018 - 8:27AM

    These guys can pass films like Tiger Zinda Hai but can’t pass films highlighting personal hygiene issues or social issues. Hopeless people. And there will be many to support this decision.Recommend

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