R. Balki directorial ‘Padman’ released on 9 February in India but filmmaker wants to release in Pakistan too.
But, The Central Board of Film Censors in Pakistan, in all its wisdom, has banned ‘Padman’ from being released in the country.
The film hasn’t been viewed by some of the members, as they accuse it of “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture,” and that too without seeing the film.
Balki says, it is shame that a film is being seen in a negative light, since it endeavours to eradicate the stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene.
He said, “I am disturbed by this prejudiced pre-judgement. I believe the Pakistan censor board didn’t even bother to see the film.”
“It refused to have anything to do with it, arguing that such films threaten Islamic culture and history. Pray tell, how does a film about the health concerns of women harm any culture in the world?”
He continues, “It is truly saddening that we still look at a normal, monthly physiological occurrence as something not to be spoken about.”
Currently, Balki is in scenic Maheshwari, the city in Madhya Pradesh, where ‘Padman’ was shot.
A source says from Pakistan, “Padman was being served up an example of the country’s censorial austerity.”
Souce added, “By being liberal over Padmaavat, the Pakistan censor board has incensed a powerful lobby in Pakistan’s politics, which is now threatening a ban on all Indian films in Pakistan. ‘Padman’ is suffering collateral damage.”
Two weeks earlier, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ was released and which portrayed the Islamic invader Alalluddin Khilji as a brutal and barbaric villain, was approved of by the Pakistan board.–CINEWS