A number of Hindi films have been prohibited from releasing in Pakistan for diverse reasons over the past few years, according to an article in Hindustan Times.
• Most recently, the Lahore High Court on 20 August 2015 temporarily banned the screening of the upcoming Indian film ‘Phantom’ in Pakistan – and directed the federal government to ensure the enforcement of the ban.
• The film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was allegedly banned in Pakistan for its depiction of the country’s security agencies. As per a report, it had “several themes referring to Pakistan’s agencies”.
• The censor board in Pakistan banned the film ‘Baby’ because it portrayed “a negative image of Muslims and the negative characters in the film also have Muslim names”.
• The film ‘Bangistan’ was reportedly banned after only watching the trailer, and it was deemed that the “film is anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim”.
• The film ‘Dirty Picture’ was stopped from being screened in Pakistan as it was deemed unsuitable for theatrical exhibition because of its “subject matter and bold scenes”.
• The film ‘Raanjhanaa’ was banned because of its alleged “controversial theme”. It reportedly portrayed “an inapt image of a Muslim girl falling in love with a Hindu man and having an affair with him”.
Katrina Kaif: Anticipated problems
Katrina Kaif, whose film ‘Phantom’ was banned in Pakistan, said that such is the subject of their film that they expected problems in its release in Pakistan.
Jamat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking a ban on the film’s release in Pakistan, alleging that it contains “filthy propaganda” against his country.
“It is logical that Pakistan will have problem with this film. A person is doing wrong and the country is not doing wrong. One of the villains in the film may be from Pakistan but that doesn’t mean Pakistan is a villainous country,” Katrina told PTI.