UPDATE: It has been a week to the release of the much hyped Sarbjit movie directed by Omung Kumar all across India. While the film has seen a universal acclaim and gained major success within the first few days of the release, it highly likely that the film will never be screened in Pakistani cinemas.
The Chairman of the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Mobashir Hasan has confirmed the spreading rumors around the movie releasing in Pakistan. “Up till now, no major distribution company in the country has approached the information ministry for an import authorisation [for Sarbjit],” he said.
As per Hasan, once a distribution firm is approached by the information ministry that requests import authorisation, they then ask the CBFC for provision of the movie’s content analysis.
“The CBFC then gives their comments on the film following which the information ministry tells the Ministry of Commerce whether or not the film can be cleared for import.”
Even though the movie is still to be reviewed by the local censor boards, sources have revealed that it is unlikely that Sarbjit will be approved by Pakistani censor boards as it’s anti-Pakistan.
The Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda, playing the lead role in the biopic Sarbjit, has opened up about controversial movie and said that the movie does not aim to bash or hurt Pakistan’s image.
While talking to Hindustan Times about his upcoming movie Hooda said:
“I don’t think there is any Pakistan bashing per say in the film. But yes, there are a lot of prisoners over there and some are subjected to atrocities. I am not sure if that happens here as well…If you treat somebody for such things just because of their nationality and not their crime, then, if it happens in India or Pakistan, it is always wrong.”
The movie is a biopic of Sarbjit Singh, who was serving his sentence at Kot Lakhpath jail in Lahore and died on May 2nd 2013, after he was attacked by his inmates. Randeep Hooda will play the role of Sarbjit Singh. Beside Hooda, the movie also has Aishwariya Rai as the lead, who is playing the role of Sarbjit’s sister.
The movie is set to be released on May 20th. The director of the movie, Omung Kumar will get the movie approved by Pakistan’s censor board that will then decide whether the movie will be shown in Pakistan. He was of the opinion that:
“There is nothing objectionable in the film. We would like it to release everywhere. We have just told the facts and these are from both sides, India as well as Pakistan.”
Lately, a number of Bollywood flicks like Neerja and Phantom were banned by Pakistan’s censor board owing to their controversial subjects.
Whether the biopic will be released in Pakistan or not is subjected to Pakistan Censor Board’s decision, but the stars and director of the movie hope to show this movie far and wide.
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