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'Bajirao Mastani' could be the next Bollywood film to be banned in Pakistan
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's dream project 'Bajirao Mastani' is surrounded with several controversies even before its release. The magnum opus is based on the relationship between Bajirao Peshwa and his Muslim wife Mastani, thus it has been a hot topic of discussion in India as well as in neighboring countries.
And just the day before its release, the film 'Bajirao Mastani' has failed to obtain a 'no objection' certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan. A report in the Express Tribune says that permission to the screening of the film in the country was denied.

It quoted Mobasher Hasan, Chairman of the CBFC saying, "Firstly, the film is in Hindi and our ordinance does not allow Hindi films to be screened. Secondly, it is a historical drama that is indirectly against Islam and Muslims."

It was also said that some intimate scenes and certain dialogues would have been the reason behind the decision to ban the film. But, Hasan elaborated that the reason for not letting the release is not due to any such cause.

The Pakistan's censor board has called the film anti-Islamic and has said that it cannot let such a film to be released in Pakistan. However, the local film distributor voiced for a full board film review again and the board has agreed to review its previous decision. The outcome is still awaited.

Earlier, Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider was banned in Pakistan calling it against the "ideology of Pakistan". Besides, Aamir Khan's last release PK that was based on religious oddities of India, too went through several cuts before it was released in Pakistan. 

The neighboring country has three regional censor boards including 'Sindh Board of Film Certification (SBFC)' in Karachi, 'Punjab Censor Board in Lahore' and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan in Islamabad. While Punjab and Sindh permitted the release, CBFC is yet to give its nod.

However, distributors are hopeful that as regional boards of Punjab and Sindh have no objection, CBFC might reconsider its decision and clear it for release. Now, the fate of Deepika-Ranveer starer seems to be in real trouble, while Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale that is releasing on the same day, has been approved for release in Pakistan too.

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