Pakistan bans 'unislamic' Pad Man, Twitter calls Censor board's move 'stupid'

The members of the Punjab Film Censor Board even refused to watch movie's screening on the ground that it is based on a taboo subject.

Akshay Kumar starrer Padman, which deals with the issue of menstrual hygiene awareness, has been banned in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Express Tribune reported that members of the Punjab Film Censor Board even refused to watch movie’s screening on the ground that it is based on a taboo subject.

The Federal Censor Board outrightly rejected any clearance certificate to it and announced a ban on the Akshay Kumar-starrer in all cinemas across the country.

“We cannot allow a film whose name, subject and story are not acceptable yet in our society,” FCB member Ishaq Ahmed told PTI.

The film distributors are also facing criticism by local filmmakers for purchasing Indian films that are “ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture.”

Renowned Pakistani filmmaker Syed Noor stressed on the need to speak with the local film distributors and exhibitors about the films they import from other countries.

“Not only this film PadMan but I think even Padmaavat should not have been released in Pakistan as it portrays Muslims in a very negative light,” Noor said.

The R. Balki directorial is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham,a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads to villages in India. Along with Akshay, the film also features Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles.

The board’s decision, however, has not gone down well with Twitteratis who expressed shock over the ban and stressed like India, Pakistan also needs to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene.

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