Karachi: Akshay Kumar's 'PadMan', a movie about an inventor, who creates a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads, has been banned in Pakistan.
The country's Federal Censor Board refused to give its nod for the release to the film. According to the members, the film deals with 'taboo' subjects such as menstruation and thus, cannot be allowed to screen in Pakistan.
Furthermore, the Federal Censor Board announced a ban on the film in all cinemas across the country. "We can't allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture," FCB member Ishaq Ahmed was quoted as saying by PTI.
The members of Punjab Film Censor Board also refused to watch the film saying it is based on a "taboo subject" and outrightly rejected any clearance certificate to it. "We can't allow the screening of films on taboo subjects in our cinemas as it is not in our culture, society or even religion," a member said.
Well-known Pakistani filmmaker Syed Noor said that there was a need to speak to the local film distributors and exhibitors about the films they import from other countries. "Not only this film 'Padman' but I think even 'Padmaavat' should not have been released in Pakistan as it portrays Muslims in a very negative light," Noor said.
Directed by R Balki, the film also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles. The movie has opened to a good reception in India as it earned Rs 10.26 crore on its first day and is expected to cross the Rs 50 crore mark during the weekend.