Anubhav Sinha’s courtroom drama ‘Mulk’ starring Taapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor and is set to hit the screens on August 3, has been banned by the Federal Censor Board of Pakistan.
The film is about a Muslim family and their struggle to prove their innocence, as a member of their own has been found guilty for planting a bomb blast in a city that claimed lives of many innocent people.
Reacting to the decision of the Pakistan Censor Board, director Anubhav Sinha wrote an open letter to the citizens of Pakistan
Deepak Mukut, Soham Rockstar Entertainment states, “We are disturbed by this prejudiced verdict and it’s such an irony because our film talks about this very prejudice. We urge the Pakistani Censor Board to reconsider their decision. They will realise how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world.”
Presented by Kamal Mukut and Soham Rockstar Entertainment, a Benaras Media Works production, ‘Mulk’ is produced by Deepak Mukut and Anubhav Sinha. The film also features Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta in pivotal roles.
While the ban on Bollywood releases in Pakistan is currently the trending topic, this is not the first time such an incident has occurred.
In the recent past the Kareen Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor-starrer ‘Veere Di Wedding’ was banned in Pakistan since the censor board deemed the film vulgar and obscene. Starring Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor, ‘PadMan’ was banned in Pak because its storyline revolved around the subject of menstruation which is considered a taboo in the country.
Alia Bhatt’s ‘Raazi’ was banned due to its controversial content while Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ was banned because of its inaccurate portrayal of Muslims.
Anushka Sharma’s ‘Pari’ was banned on the grounds that the film’s content promoted black magic and anti-Muslim sentiments. Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Neerja’ and ‘Raanjhanaa’ were also banned from getting release in Pakistan.