LAHORE: Pakistan Censor Board has refused to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Bollywood star Akshay Kumar’s film Padman in the country.
Punjab Censor Board also banned the screening of the Indian movie citing the taboo subject.
Local distributors also faced a backlash from the Pakistani film producers for promoting a film that is “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture.”
Top Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune reported quoting its sources that the members of the board even denied watching the movie as requested by its distributors.
“The members were hesitant to watch the film due to its content regarding women’s menstruation hygiene,” Tribune reported.
Former Bollywood actress-turned-producer Twinkle Khanna’s Padman stars her husband Akshay Kumar alongside Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.
Directed by R Balki, the film released in India and worldwide in February. The movie has got a green signal from as many as 50 countries but failed to impress Pakistan’s censor board.
The makers are not really upset about this. A trade insider said, “Pakistan as a territory is not a big one so even if Padman does not release there, it will not have any effect on the business of the film.”