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Mudassar Aziz who directed Happy Bhag Jayegi has asked the Pakistan’s censor board to give a valid reason for banning his film.
After Pakistan’s censor board imposed a ban on the romantic comedy Happy Bhag Jayegi, director Mudassar Aziz has written an open letter addressed to the board members and asked for a valid reason behind to ban the film.
According to a press report, the director in an open letter points out, though Pakistan is often considered a horrifying place it is a wonderful place to visit and the perception of lawlessness and lack of freedom of choice is untrue. “Pakistan actually is a land of limitless potential and, bright. It left me pleasantly surprised,” wrote Aziz. “In fact it seemed like I came back from a visit to the neighbours!” he added.
The ban came as a shock to the director, who claimed there is nothing in the film to defame Pakistan, adding it in fact brings out the positives of the place. “This can be the first ever film that showed people on both sides of this seventy-year-old border as simple human beings with affection, honesty, love and their small shortcomings was found OFFENSIVE by you! Wow!” he said.
Aziz appealed to the board to show the film to the people and then decide whether they find something offensive in the movie. “I dare you to show Happy Bhag Jayegi to one common Pakistani. One who loves his family, strives for his daily bread, loves his cricket, loves his films and lives his life under the nonsensical garb that you force down his throat. Let that common smile-deprived Pakistani who is tired of being viewed as the only stranger in the world that has largely become one big melting pot today, come and tell you that he finds Happy Bhag Jayegi offensive, and I promise you that my apology note to you will be even longer than this letter,” he urged.
Pakistani actors Javed Sheikh and Momal Sheikh are also a part of the film. Happy Bhag Jayegi also stars Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Zafar and Jimmy Sheirgill.
He said that there has to be a concrete reason for the ban or else it is worthless. Aziz concludes the letter with, “Thank you but no thank you.” – CINEWS