LAHORE: Members of the Punjab Film Censor Board denied watching the Bollywood film Padman to issue a clearance certificate to the film
According to the members, taboo subject films will not be allowed screening in cinemas. Federal Censor Board also denied issuing an NOC to the film and announced a ban on Padman in all cinemas across the country. On the other hand, film distributors were also criticised by the local film producers on purchasing Indian films that are “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture.”
According to details, former actor, now turned producer Twinkle Khanna’s film Padman will not release in Pakistan. The board members even refused to watch the film on request from the distributors. A source from the Punjab Film Censor Board said that all the members were hesitant to watch the film due to its content regarding women’s menstruation hygiene.
Renowned actor Akshay Kumar along with Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte are among the cast of the film which is directed by R Balki. The film was released in India and worldwide on February. A Pakistani film distribution country also released posters of Padman stating that the film would release in the country as well.
According to sources, earlier, a Pakistani film distribution company, IMGC, was planning to purchase the film but the censor board had advised them otherwise. After watching the trailer of the movie, members of the board decided not release it in Pakistan. However, another distribution company bought the distribution rights on a condition that they will only process payment if it’s been approved by the censor board. After being denied screening, posters of Padman were
“Earlier there was an issue with Padmaavat and the members are facing criticism on issuing it a certificate. In such circumstances, we cannot allow a film whose name, subject and story is not acceptable yet in our society. Central Censor Board also raised objections on the scenes and dialogues of the films that are very sensitive,” said a senior member of Punjab film Censor Board.
On the other hand, distribution companies and film producers are also condemning groups who are buying such films. According to them, such behaviour by these groups will be the reason that Pakistan might ban all Indian films once again. They also stated that Padman faced criticism in India due to the content as well so it does not make sense to talk about such subjects in Pakistan.