Director Kabir Khan's upcoming fim Phantom starring Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan has run into trouble with regards to its release in Pakistan.
The filmmaker has alleged that political organisations in Pakistan are supporting 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who has sought a ban on his upcoming film Phantom in the country.
Phantom is about the post-26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism. It is an adaptation of author Hussain Zaidi's book 'Mumbai Avengers'."Whenever there is a political backdrop, the film will be banned in the other country. Our topic is not about the ban on the film, but we are amused that a terrorist has gone and filed a petition that we are spreading poison against Pakistan. There has been no reaction like this... then why Hafiz Saeed's extremist views are being projected louder than a common man," Kabir told reporters here.
A still from Phantom.
"Political organisations are supporting Hafiz Saeed or else how the petition of such a terrorist is being heard. Hafeez needs to realize what he has done, and who is he to question or rather go against our films," he said.
The Jamat-ud-Dawa chief had on August 8 filed a petition in the Lahore high court seeking a ban on the release of the Bollywood movie in Pakistan, alleging that it contains "filthy propaganda" against the country.
"I am surprised and amused that a wanted terrorist has gone and filed a petition. He is the one who is spreading hate agenda and he is opposing the film, without even knowing what the film is about. I cannot comment on how a plea by a most wanted terrorist is being heard by the Lahore High Court. We should actually avoid this topic, but the media was very interested to talk about it and so we are here," Kabir added.
However, the Bajrangi Bhaijaan director is clueless about his next course of action. "I have no idea about course of action because we haven't got any letter. The proceedings are going on in the Pakistani courts and we are not involved in that. If we get a letter to reply, then we will see the content and then reply," the filmmaker said.
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