Pakistan’s censor board banned Anushka Sharma starrer horror film ‘Pari’.
According to reports, “It promotes black magic, some non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments.”
Pakistani news outlet Geo TV, quoting a cinema owner, says, “It reportedly contains objectionable sequences where Quranic verses have been used”.
Pakistan’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification, quted, “The film not only mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to do black magic.”
Further, the Pakistani censor board said the film seems to approve of black magic, which it said is un-Islamic.
A senior officer of Pakistan Cencer says, “Pari’s script, dialogues and storyline go against our Islamic values. The concepts within Islam have different ideologies about magic. This film stimulates the viewers in favour of black magic and promotes thoughts that are contradictory to our religion.”
One theatre company Nueplex Cinemas posted on its Facebook page saying tickets already sold for the film could be refunded.
‘Pari’ is Sharma’s third production venture.
Last month, Pakistan banned Hindi film ‘Padman’, a film on menstrual hygiene, which starred Akshay Kumar, as it dealt with a “taboo subject”.–CINEWS