Islamabad: Akshay Kumar's Padman, based on the life of social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham who introduced low-cost sanitary pads, has reportedly been banned in Pakistan.
Pakistan's Federal Censor Board refused to clear the Bollywood movie for its release in the country. According to the members, the film deals with 'taboo' subjects such as menstruation and, thus, cannot be allowed to screen in Pakistan.
The report, however, did not go well with twitterati as they took the microblogging site by storm. Notably, many women in Pakistan slammed the decision and supported the release of the film in the country.
Ammara Ahwad, a Pakistani journalist, wrote on Twitter, "Yes, Pakistani Women menstruate too. I support #Padman and menstrual hygiene. Ban on @PadManTheFilm in Pakistan is senseless. Release it now."
— Ammara Ahmad (@ammarawrites) February 10, 2018
Another journalist, named Gharidah Farooqi, expressed her anger and said, "Against our traditions & culture" Oh well, coz women don`t menstruate here... What stupid people sitting at Censor Board ! #PadMan must be allowed in Pakistan ! "
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) February 10, 2018
Mehr Tarar, the Pakistani columnist who sparred on Twitter with Congress' Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar, was also not left behind.
"Banning PadMan in Pakistan is another one of those illogical things that simply affect the business of cinemas in Pakistan.Menstruation is a fact of life, and bringing it to mainstream consciousness is neither immoral nor un-Islamic," she wrote on Twitter.
Banning PadMan in Pakistan is another one of those illogical things that simply affect the business of cinemas in Pakistan.
Menstruation is a fact of life, and bringing it to mainstream consciousness is neither immoral nor un-Islamic.
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 10, 2018
Mona Alam, a journalist, lashed the Pakistan censor board's move to ban 'PadMan'. "Insecurity, illiteracy & double standards of #Pakistani filmmakers who're okay with dirty raunchy item numbers but consider "unislamic" to film a social awareness topic of #menstruation on #WomenEmpowermentCensor board, move," she wrote on the micro-blogging site.
Insecurity, illiteracy & double standards of #Pakistani filmmakers who're okay with dirty raunchy item numbers but consider "unislamic" to film a social awareness topic of #menstruation on #WomenEmpowerment
Censor board, move#Padman banned in #Pakistan https://t.co/MHfDx1zVys
— Mona Alam (@MonaAlamm) February 10, 2018
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Government wrote on its official handle, "The decision to issue an NOC by the Ministry of Information Broadcasting National History and Literary Heritage is yet to be taken on the release of a foreign feature film 'Padman' as the film has not yet been pre-viewed by the Central Board of Film Censors."
'PadMan' starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles, was released in India on February 8. It deals with menstrual hygiene and is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads to villages in India.
The film 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.