Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Pakistan bans Saif’s ‘Agent Vinod’

 
Pakistan’s censor board has banned Saif Ali Khan’s Bond-style caper ‘Agent Vinod’ citing the film’s references to the country’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency.
IMGC Global, the Pakistani distributor of the film - which also stars Khan’s real-life flame Kareena Kapoor - confirmed the ban in a statement, as did Atrium Cinemas, one of the biggest multiplex operators in the country.
The film had been slated for a March 23 release in Pakistan, a market which is an important one for Bollywood films.
There has been no official confirmation from the censor board but the Press Trust of India quoted sources as saying the film was banned as it contained references to ISI which “could hurt the sentiments of people in Pakistan.”
Reports say that Pakistani media outlets had been heavily promoting the film over the past two weeks but multiplexes ceased ticket pre-sales after learning of the censor board’s decision.
In its statement, IMGC Global’s chairman Amjad Rashid said, "Agent Vinod had been banned due to the contents of the movie.  Entertainment should facilitate the peace process between India and Pakistan and not disturb it. Now that India and Pakistan are extending cooperation on the business front, especially after the exchange of visits of both the Ministers of Commerce, this can jeopardise the business progress and environment."
Rashid further suggested that films "should not hurt either the religious or national sentiments of Pakistanis" or "decelerate the Indo-Pakistan peace-building process".
- Poonam Joshi

Pakistan bans Saif’s ‘Agent Vinod’

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