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Pakistan: Censor board in Punjab flip flops on movie ban

31 October 2017
Punjab Film Censor Board banned Pakistani film “Na Maloom Afraad 2” over "persistent complaints" only to reverse its decision two days later.
Photo: Na Maloom Afraad 2/Facebook

 

On 5 October 2017, the Punjab Film Censor Board banned Pakistani film “Na Maloom Afraad 2” after it had already been screening for five weeks due to “persistent complaints from different quarters”, according to its statement, reported Pakistani news source The Nation.

Two days after the ban, the film was re-examined by the Punjab Film Censor Board, which decided to allow the screening of the film since “no scene/dialogue was found vulgar in the film under consideration”, the board said in a statement reported by Pakistani news source Tribune.

“This is a really strange move by the Punjab Censor Board. We have already received clearance by the censor board and the film has been released in September with no issues,” the film’s director, Nabeel Qureshi, told Images Dawn on 6 October 2017 at the time the ban was announced. “Only 2-3 films get made in Pakistan every year that actually benefit the film industry. If you start banning those films where will that leave us?”

When the ban was lifted, Qureshi told Tribune: “I’m glad the issue was sorted really soon and the film can be screened again in cinemas this weekend. The censor board cleared it again, which simply shows there were no issues in the film to begin with.”

The film did not have the same fate in the United Arab Emirates, whose censor board banned the film due to the alleged misrepresentation of Arabs, since the plot of the movie involves an Arab sheikh and his golden toilet.

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