KARACHI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority issued a statement on Monday, directing all local satellite TV channels and distribution networks to refrain from promoting Bollywood’s upcoming Salman Khan starrer 'Ek Tha Tiger', citing that the movie aims to tarnish the image of Inter-services Intelligence (ISI), the country's premiere spy agency.
The statement issued by the Sindh chapter of PEMRA on July 6 read that the film, due to be released on August 15, depicted the activities of intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and ISI respectively and that the film’s ‘objective was to tarnish the image of the state owned institution.
PEMRA has directed entertainment companies to refrain from promoting the movie until such a time that a No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued by the Central Board of Film Censors.
'Ek Tha Tiger' is a Yash Raj Films production, starring superstars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film has been directed by Kabir Khan of 'Kabul Express' and 'New York' fame.
Indian releases have proved to be a boon for local cinema houses which had struggled to bring in revenues by showing primarily local films.
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@Mr T. I am only worried about the pirated versions.
I am an Indian and I was completely shocked when I came to know that Pakistanis keep on promoting cheap Indian content (Films/Music Awards/Dramas) on their TV Channels. Salman Khan is a 'C' grade actor (and I literally mean that).All his recent films like Wanted,Ready,Bodyguard have become super hits only beacuse of the media (Both India & Pakistan); which promotes vulgar and bad films sky high.
I truely believe that Bollywood has become creatively bankrupt entity since last 5 years or so. Very few good memorable movies are made nowadays and all people get to see are Cheap Songs,Poor Music,Bad Lyrics, Bad Acting and I can go on and on...When did we last hear a Udit Narayan or Kumar Sanu sing in a Hindi Film?
@Sarmad Gilani: india is very much secular .we have a catholic head of state sonia gandhi,a sikh prime minister ,a muslim vice president ,a women president, a muslim election commisner, a catholic defence minister and many muslim minister in a country where majority are hindus
what a Joke, what difference will it make, it just an senseless objection and nothing else. Typical backward mindset just to make your presence felt. Vulgar and Bad movies are being promoted and anything on ISI is banned.. and i am sure that there is nothing serious in the movie related to ISI.
@Mr. T: Dude you don't have to write big paragraph's explaining things. Everybody knows the facts. I hope your film Industry/Music/Drama etc grows so that you guys can employ our own people like Ali zafar , veena mallik , Atif etc rather than sending across neighbouring land which you guys don't like . I hope you got my point. So take chill!!
It's funny how some Indians, openly or in disclose, come here and decide things for us! Well for all of you ill-informed ones, it's a fact that only few Indian films, 1-3, in a year stay on our cinema's for long, otherwise they are taken off within days lol. Secondly it's our countries law to decide which movie should be allowed to be screened and which one's to be banned, even some Hollywood movies are banned, do we interfere in the law of your country (India)? Thirdly, can you (Indian's) please explain me, with valid arguments, why our entertainment channels still blocked in your country? Is this your "aman ke asha"? Your Indian Government can't even bear our cricket players in India and you guys are giving us lecture. My advice to all those Indians, some of them hide their identity, should stop distorting the facts! Pakistan has welcomed Indians with open arms while we are given hatred or tarnished in your soap like media.
Get your facts right. Pakistan still has the best drama and music produced than in India. Though we dont produce movies/music in bulk like you guys but whatever is produced is watched and admired worldover including in India - be it now or the 80s/90s. If Pakistani movies are worth nothing then why did you watched BOL in hordes recently???
Mate, im not having a go at you at all. I am not one of those who start a war in chatter boxes like these on petty issues. But your actions and words should start reciprocate. All CBMs should be responded with courtesy and similar bi-lateral measures but NOT through movies like these.
Hope you understand the point optimistically and not be a hardline conservative who dont want peace..
Ek tha Tiger ..shot down by PEMRA...
Isn't image and reputation sounds alien to ISI people.The Character certificate of ISI and Pakistani Army was duly signed by OBL and uncovered by USA in Abbotabad raid.....bollywood doesnt need to tarnish anything which was never there-IMAGE and REPUTATION.....:D
@Rahul: Research your facts before spewing bs. Pakistan has better drama and music than you indians ever had or ever will
The whole world already knows how intellegent ISI is . Banning is just to make the dumb more dumber
Distributor should redub the movie interchanging RAW-ISI and India-Pak in the dialogs. Everybody would be happy.
Well now that PEMRA has sort of banned the movie in Pakistan...everyone will now watch it to see what the fuss is all about.
the concept of Ummah is not in anyway related to Bollywood, your comments are amusing.we are for free Kashmir, this is the real sense of Ummah, just to explain you the point.
Personally I'm pretty much fed up with Bollywood movies which are typical masla films with monotonous tone to it, few fights, few obscene punch lines, few dances & viola, a movie. In Pakistan Indian movies don't last longer than 1-2 weeks compared to Hollywood movies.
great reply rahul..
I can't believe that Pakistan takes these frivolous, silly, stupid films seriously.
You want to bar them, bar them for being extraordinarily stupid.
Now, I pity Pakistan.
expect the indians to be obsessed with the ISI
@Mr. T: I can understand your frustrations. Get well soon dude !! Unfortunately your country does'nt have any industry of its own. Leave film industry alone. SO no point in pointing fingers at others see yourself in mirror.
We are already damaged, no entity can damage us any more!
@HRK: People on both side of the border are sophesticated enough to decide what is good for them. No body spends their rupee on a useless movie. Let the market place decide. Both side of the border people need less government interference and to tell people what to watch and what not to. Look what happened to Lollywood. All movies have a disclaimer that all story line and character are imaginary. In a story there is a good guy and bad guy. Cowboy movies were not banned from US native Indian villages. Lot of people bycotted Slum dog millionare for bad scene about slum and feces pond etc. Encourage boycott and reasons for it not out right ban. Peace.
must be a crappy movie as both actors
@Sarmad Gilani: By the way its the same so called discriminated Muslims who have made this movie. Moreover Pakistan should be the last country on the planet to give us Indians a lecture on secularism.
Indians need to stop obsessing about Pakistan from their movie makers who keep making movies which vilifies Pakistanis to common trolls who spend all day long spouting hate on Pakistani news sites. Guys if you had spent so much time obsessing about your own country your economy wouldn't have been nearing junk status.
@Its (still) Econonmy Stupid: indiana jones was banned in russia
indiana jones was banned in russia
Aryabhat, if Muslims are discriminated in a secular country which resisted the call for a Muslim homeland -- where has the concept of a secular India gone?
@Aryabhat: Concept of Ummah has nothing to do with Salman Khan and Kabir Khan. They are just individuals who have indulged in maligning a state institution of Pakistan which can generate severe anti India reaction in Pakistan. This measure has been taken just to avert an ugly situation.
If a Movie directed by Kabit Khan (Muslim) with lead role from Salman Khan (another Muslim) isn't shown in the country made for South Asian Muslims - where is the cocept of "Ummah" gone?