The recently released comedy film Happy Bhag Jayegi has been banned in Pakistan. Interestingly, the movie has been shot in the neighbouring country and also stars Pakistani actor Momal Sheikh. The central character (played by Diana Penty) of the movie runs away to Lahore (Pakistan) in a bid to escape her wedding.
While the film received a green signal earlier, the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) has now slapped a ban on the cross-border comedy. “The censor board of Pakistan saw the film and they loved it. They wanted us to cut a minor part of the film. We agreed to it,” says film-maker Aanand L Rai, adding, “Initially, I was told that the film is clean. Later, we were informed that a ministry in Pakistan had objected to the film. As a film-maker, the only greed I have is that the movie should reach a larger audience. The political reason for which a film is banned has nothing to do with a common man.”
Watch: Trailer of Happy Bhag Jayegi
The scene that was asked to be cut featured a portrait of Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “In Bollywood, we have made a film on Gandhiji –Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006). But we never faced any backlash. As film-makers, we are allowed to have our own voice. They also had an issue with the policeman’s character in the film (played by Piyush Mishra). The board did not provide a particular reason, but a unanimous ban was issued,” says Aanand.