Bollywood 'shocked' over Pakistan's ban on 'Baby'

Published: January 24, 2015
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Anupam seeks reconsideration of the decision. PHOTO: AFP

Anupam seeks reconsideration of the decision. PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI: The team behind Bollywood film Baby that stars Akshay Kumar is in a state of shock over the film’s ban in Pakistan.

While producer Bhushan Kumar is still wondering why, actor Anupam Kher emphasised the need to move beyond borders and look at the universal problem of terrorism.

“The film is about anti-terrorism. Sometimes it is important to go beyond territories and understand who is the enemy — is it a country or a bunch of people?” Kher told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Confirming the ban, Bhushan said: “Yes, we got a confirmation from my distributor that it has been banned in Pakistan. I don’t know why this happened. If you watch the film, you will know we are not talking about a country, we are only talking about terrorism.”

A representative of the film’s distributor, Everready Pictures, shared the news about the film being banned “because it portrays a negative image of Muslims and the negative characters in the film also have Muslim names”.

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Bhushan supported Anupam’s stance on the film being against evil and not any country or religion.

“We are trying to figure out what needs to be done,” Bhushan told IANS.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the movie revolves around an undercover unit, formed to keep an eye on the movements of terrorist groups and to quash their plans to disrupt peace and harmony.

The film also stars Rana Daggubati, Danny Denzongpa and Taapsee Pannu and was released in India on Friday.

The film also features Pakistani actor Mikaal Zulfiqar and Rasheed Naz.

“I feel that it is a pity that the film has been banned even after the fact that it has Pakistani actors in it,” Anupam Kher, who plays one of the key roles in the film, said, adding that he felt the film should have reached the people.

“Today there is no particular country that is to be blamed for terrorism. It is all over the world. I feel it should have been shown as it is about a situation, which needs to be addressed. The ban is an official stance, which is necessarily not looking into the problem of the people,” Kher added.

After the ban, Anupam Kher seeks reconsideration of the decision. He said, “Maybe if they send it to a revising committee I am hopeful that something will be done as people want to see the movie and they will watch the movie anyhow after one week.”

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  • Jigz Khan
    Jan 24, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Not Questioning the intention of any one who are associated with this film but could any one please let me know that only are there only Muslim named terrorist exist in the world or in India?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? if terrorist has no religion and we all are agreed to that then why in many indian films terrorist are called as Muslims ”names” ????????.. it definitely hurt Muslim.

    I REALLY do appreciate there are many films being aired by Bollywood to spread the message of peace, prosperity and friendship in the region but still there are some mind sets who target some sensitive issue.

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  • Xoxo
    Jan 24, 2015 - 8:52PM

    @Jigz Khan:

    “if terrorist has no religion and we all are agreed to that then why in many indian films terrorist are called as Muslims ”names” ?”

    Not everyone agrees with this sentiment. Not even Pakistan, that’s why they are trying to regulate and monitor Madarasas, mosque and Islamic religious materials to identify the terrorist friendly people.

    The reason terrorists have Muslim names is because the terrorists affecting India have Muslim names. Same is true for movies from Hollywood, UK, Australia, France or Germany.

    You are proposing is to hide the reality to save your sentiments, but it will be a lie and it won’t solve any problems.

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  • Bewildered
    Jan 24, 2015 - 10:09PM

    @Xoxo:

    “The reason terrorists have Muslim names is because the terrorists affecting India have Muslim names…… You are proposing is to hide the reality to save your sentiments”

    No, we are not. Our army is fighting a real war against terrorists at the moment, and our air force is relentlessly bombing their hideouts. However, this could not be said in case of India. Were those Hindus who maimed, murdered, and burnt alive more than 4,000 innocent Sikhs, and over 5,000 innocent Muslims in Bombay, Gujarat and elsewhere in India, gang raped thousands of their women, torched their homes and businesses in hundred of thousands were also not terrorists? Were their names sounded like Muslim names? How many of them have been hanged so far? Close to none. In fact, none.Recommend

  • ali
    Jan 25, 2015 - 6:49AM

    Seriously??? They were shocked????? I have seen this movie. It is filled with hatred against pakistan.it clearly shows terrorists funded by isi,trained by isi in nepal.well the movie is b grade movie with bad acting,very very bad screen play,hilarious dilaouges.we should be thankful to sensor board for banning it.

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  • Rajesh
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:22AM

    Sorry pakistani brothers, next time we make a movie on India’s enemies like Al Qaida, LeT or ISIS terrorists we will name them hindu names like Sharmaji and Pandeyji. Happy now?

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  • Agent
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:45AM

    @ali: no doubt every bollywood movie looks B grade to you. I have seen oscar nominated movies made in Pakistan like “Gandasa Jatt Da”, “Saturday Night”, “Jatt da Kharak”, “Dada Badmash”, “Gunda Punjab Da” and list goes on. Enjoy your top quality movies and dont worry about B grade bollywood movies.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:54AM

    @ali:
    I agree with you. I saw this movie today. Pakistan would never have allowed this movie. I story of the movie is about India’s agents capturing Hafiz Saeed from a third country. It is a good intelligent based action movie and I like it. On technical aspects also this movie is good and I am sure this will be a big hit in India. But given the popularity of Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan, there is no chance that it would have been screened in Pakistan. It would cause a riot on a larger scale than the Charlie Hebdo protests. Good release of the movie to coincide with Obama’s visit to India.

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  • Xoxo
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:55AM

    @Bewildered:

    There have been movies about riots and killings in India, and the criminals names are Hindus and Muslims as applicable.

    There was a movie about Gujarat riot and in that most of the villains names are hindus.

    Have you seen Bollywood movies? Do they all have Muslim villain and Hindu heroes?

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  • Gp65
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Movie’s team being disappointed at the ban does not amount to Bollywood being shocked.

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  • Arjun Ingh
    Jan 25, 2015 - 12:52PM

    @ali:
    You liked Waar and Moosa Khan , didn’t you?

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  • Dhariwal
    Jan 25, 2015 - 10:06PM

    I would like to see if Bollywood make movie about Muslim killing in Gujrat done by Hindu terrorist and in other part of India Kashmir, Samjhota express etc

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  • Vijay Shah
    Jan 26, 2015 - 1:47PM

    Every Indian should see the movie Baby and pay homage to all who have sacrificed their lives fighting terrorism. Happy Republic Day. Please forward via WU FB.

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  • Ammar
    Jan 26, 2015 - 3:54PM

    Even if it portrays bad image of Muslims, banning it won’t help. This is a problem with Pakistani (to some extent Indian as well) state and society that only solution they can come up with dealing these kind of problems is to ban the thing that exposes it’s soft underbelly, instead of improving the image. This is foolish indeed…

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