It seems that the Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Phantom -- already been banned in Pakistan due to its sensitive subject -- may spark worldwide outrage as makers of the film change its promotional plans over security concerns.
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The film is scheduled to be showcased at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Lead actors Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif are supposed to attend the Australian premiere but their trip is not being publicised to avoid unnecessary attention.
"Phantom is slated to release this week and the premiere will take place at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. It is a big attraction, but the team has decided to be as low-key as possible since the film deals with terrorism and has been banned in Pakistan," a source close to the film was quoted as saying, reports mid-day.
"They fear there might be security issues and to avoid unwanted attention, we will go on the day of the screening and return immediately," the source added.
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"Saif and Katrina will be there but we don’t know about other cast members. We have made proper security arrangements and have been given an assurance by the organisers too.
"It is not that we are being hush-hush about it, but we hardly had time to publicise it," said another insider.
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Phantom is based on 26/11 Mumbai attack. Saif’s quest is to find and kill Hariz Saeed, a character based on Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed who India considers to be the mastermind of the attack.
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