LAHORE: Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) has issued a certificate to Bollywood film Baaghi 2 for screening within the country. A full CBFC board meeting was held in Islamabad where the board members watched the upcoming action thriller and issued a certificate after a three minute cut.
The board members were only opposed to a few scenes and dialogues from the film which they went on to erase. The final run time for Baaghi 2 in Pakistan stands at 141 minutes, with the original film being 144 minutes long.
Following CBFC’s decision, the Punjab Film Censor Board (PFCB) and Sindh Film Censor Board (SFCB) also cleared the Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani-starrer for release on March 30, incorporating the same cuts.
Preparations for the film are in full swing throughout the country. The public has been anticipating the release of the film ever since Shroff shared its poster on social media.
Previously, Bollywood films Pari and PadMan were banned within Pakistan. The latter was forbidden as its story revolves around the ‘taboo’ subject of menstruation, thus “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture” as per the board members.
In fact, the censors flat-out refused to watch the Akshay Kumar hit due to its content. “We cannot allow a film whose title, subject and story are not acceptable yet in our society. The Central Censor Board also raised objections on the scenes and dialogues of the film that are very sensitive,” a senior member of PFCB told The Express Tribune then.
The decision to ban Anushka Sharma’s Pari was taken because the content of the horror allegedly promotes black magic, non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments.
“Pari’s script, dialogues and storyline go against our Islamic values. The concepts within Islam have different ideologies about magic. This film stimulates the viewers in favour of black magic and promotes thoughts that are contradictory to our religion,” stated a senior member of CBFC.
Baaghi 2 has been produced by Sajid Nadiawala and directed by Ahmed Khan, while the script was written by Hussain Dalaal. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story star Patani will be playing the female lead opposite Tiger with Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee and Lakshmi Manchu amongst the cast.
The film is a sequel to 2016’s Baaghi and features the remake of iconic Ek Do Teen song from 1988’s Tezaab. This super hit track originally featured the legendary Madhuri Dixit but this time, the audience will see Jacqueline Fernandez performing in it.
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According to the film's distributors, Baaghi 2 is a light action thriller with hints of romance. It revolves around Shroff’s character Ronny and his hurdles through life to achieve love. It will also showcase the actor’s martial art skills in full force.
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