Why Indian films are banned in Pakistan

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By Ashish Kumar Singh

New Delhi, Feb 12 (ANI): Sonam Kapoor’s forthcoming biopic film ‘Neerja’ has been banned in Pakistan allegedly for showing the country in poor light. This proves that be it politics, sports, international issues or even cinema, the Asian neighbours are never on the same page.

‘Neerja’ is not the first Bollywood film to be banned in Pakistan as there have been several other flicks, which could not save themselves from coming under the hammer of the neighbouring country’s censor board.

Pakistan had earlier banned big banner Indian films like ‘Haider’, ‘Phantom’, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ among others.

So, why it is that the Pakistan Censor Board is always looking for an opportunity to put a ban on Indian films?

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Is it because of a horrific history or as Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan aptly said after his film ‘Phantom’ got banned, “If you tell uncomfortable truths, the film gets banned.”

Pakistanis have a greedy appetite for Bollywood films, but the Pakistan Censor Board seems to be least bothered about this fact.

The Pakistan Censor Board usually bans Indian films when they feel our movies show Muslims in negative light or terrorists being given Muslim names in the films or few dialogues don’t go well with the authorities and the biggest reason when any Indian film is based on Kashmir.

There is something or the other which always irks someone in Pakistan.

Indian films have done well in Pakistan since a ban on their screening was lifted during the tenure of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf.

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We really hope the Pakistan Censor Board soon places a full stop on banning Indian films. (ANI)

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