ISLAMABAD: Zero Dark Thirty – film depicting the hunt for Osama bin Laden will not be screened in Pakistan, The Telegraph reported.
The movie – which has been nominated for five Oscars – portrays the hunt for bin Laden through the eyes of a young CIA officer, played by Jessica Chastain, and is described by the filmmakers as based on first-hand accounts.
However, according to the report the distributors in Pakistan have decided “not to risk the wrath of the censor board, the military and terrorist groups.”
“Derogatory references to military and intelligence agencies meant any distributor would face awkward questions,” said Mohsin Yaseen – general manager for marketing at Cinepax.
“It’s a touchy subject for the local audience,” he was quoted as saying in the report.
Recalling how censor board reacted to the movie Tere Bin Laden, Yaseen said “when Zero Dark Thirty came out, we thought it best just to keep away from it,”
“But I’d love to see it. It’s just a film at the end of the day,” he added.