Bin Laden hunt movie not to be shown in Pakistan: Report

Published: January 26, 2013
A scene from the movie Zero Dark Thirty. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

A scene from the movie Zero Dark Thirty. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

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.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:11PM

    Don’t worry, it will be a big seller in the DVD market this fall, much to the discomfort of the usual suspects!


  • meh
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:14PM



  • abdul
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:18PM

    its not just capturing osama, its more focused on how Pakistanis are giving refuge to all the terrorists. its a total crap movie and i totally condemn the facts shown.


  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:25PM

    With eggs on their faces and caught pants down, surely the powers-to-be can’t risk re-running the whole sorry episode in theatres all over the country again … They would rather keep mum and pretend that none of that even happened !!!!!!


  • Lady Gaga
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:29PM

    You Tube not to be shown in Pakistan.
    Bin Laden movie not to be shown in Pakistan.
    Why not move Pakistan to Mars?
    Pakistan is possibly on the wrong planet . . . it is being managed by aliens.


  • Arindom
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:35PM

    I am sure the DVD black market must be licking their tongues in anticipation!!


  • Ali
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:38PM

    through all the reviews ive read up on it …its a damn good movie or so i hope will watch it via pirate bay :P


  • Hassaan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:42PM

    @abdul: Fully agreed with you. Its virulent diatribe against Pakistan is just pure malarkey. Recommend

  • affan
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:45PM

    The movie shows as if we are some Afghanistan. Nobody resides, terrorizes, provides espionage to some religious anti-American groups anywhere but Pakistan.

    the movie is good but the facts are totally disputable.Recommend

  • Mustansar Dar
    Jan 26, 2013 - 12:48PM

    A US drama is filmed now. Who will buy this story when there is no proof? Don’t be silly.


  • Toba Alu
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:04PM

    In a country where lying is the order of the day, some sort of truth is hard to swallow. Just remain in your fantasy world. Sleep sweet.


  • SKChadha
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:14PM

    What was wrong in ‘Tere Bin Laden’ …. ?


  • Saleem
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:15PM

    Having watched the movie , I am amazed that it even made to Oscar nominations. This is a crap movie. I think they should allow the screening of movie in Pakistan so people can laugh their hearts out about how naive and gullible are American public and how critical is their media in forming opinions. The worst and most dangerous part is that they have glorified the idiotic decision of using NGOs and polio campaign for their hunt. It is depicted as THE BEST decision ever made by US. In my opinion those who took this decision and others who endorsed it are war criminals. They have endangered lives of hundreds by bringing polio campaign and work of normal NGOs to disrepute.


  • Something Clever
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:19PM

    @Mustansar Dar:
    Besides the people like the ones who caused the movie to make over $60,000,000 in the first month of its release?


  • Saleem
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:42PM

    @Something Clever: thats too clever. But the revenues are generated by people who ‘watched’ the movie ( including me ). They did not necessarily buy the story ( again including me ).


  • urawal
    Jan 26, 2013 - 1:59PM

    Some guys do terrorism , these people make commerce out of it. Simple.


  • jibrab
    Jan 26, 2013 - 2:24PM

    This movie is produced for American audiences, we definitely do not want this movies to be shown in Pakistan. Even in America only insane public would appreciate or like it.


  • anwar
    Jan 26, 2013 - 2:54PM

    its normal to remove offending scenes… case in point new bond movie. the Chinese guard shooting was removed for china release


  • Haris
    Jan 26, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Good decision. Here is an one example of what American liberals think about this movie. Unfortunately, Pakistan’s [oxy-moronic] liberals do not have such courage to call spade a spade.


  • C. Nandkishore
    Jan 26, 2013 - 6:45PM

    I was told long back that you get all movie DVDs in Lahore long before they are released. Surely more than half of Lahore must have seen this movie.


  • salman
    Jan 26, 2013 - 9:06PM

    No big deal. I’ll just watch life of pi again. Brilliant movie that


  • Ayesha Bhaalay
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:09AM

    As a Pakistani, I don’t care that they killed osama (if it actually happened, considering there was no dead body shown). But what makes me sad everytime I hear about this operation is, that the US forces managed to intrude our air-space, complete their mission, get out without a trace – all this without our sleeping-military noticing this.

    This is a big question mark for our defense forces and has made me doubtful about the Pak Army / Airforce capabilities. Are we just keeping a useless military that is only good in fighting hand to hand combat in the tribal zones?


  • Iqbal
    Jan 27, 2013 - 1:48AM

    ….and Pakistan wants to pretend that it is a democracy where non muslims cannot be PMs or Presidents and in this case bans a movie in which it implicates that a terrorist was living in the country with the full support of the institution.. What a joke.


  • Mullah kuta
    Jan 27, 2013 - 2:00AM

    Will we be able to get a private showing in a villa in a garrison town.?


  • gp65
    Jan 27, 2013 - 7:45AM

    @Haris: “Here is an one example of what American liberals think about this movie.”

    And then you attach a link from Guardian? You do know that is a British newspaper NOT American – right?


  • Iqbal
    Jan 27, 2013 - 6:10PM

    You make a valid point about Haris and his respect of the British newspaper Guardian. This newspaper has made a very good point about the future of muslims in UK and perhaps Haris should address it:
    I suspect Haris was educated in a madrassa and will think that it is a conspiracy of the Guardian.


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