Saif Ali Khan-Katrina Kaif-starrer Phantom is anti-terrorism, not anti-Pakistan, director Kabir Khan said, reacting strongly to Pakistan's ban on the release of his upcoming movie.
"I am feeling a bit strange as the film has been banned even before it reached the Censor Board. It is not an anti-Pakistan Movie. This only an anti-terrorism film and is against the masterminds of 26/11 attack," Kabir told ANI.
Saif, who plays the lead role in
, also said that the movie is based on facts. In the upcoming Bollywood movie, Saif's Daniyal is an Indian agent who has a job at hand: to find and kill Hariz Saeed -- a thinly veiled reference to the JuD chief who is wanted in India and resides in Pakistan.
Phantom team reacts strongly to Pakistan's ban on release
Earlier on Thursday, a Pakistani court issued ban on the release of Phantom in the country on a plea filed by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Saeed, in his plea, had alleged that the film set on post 26/11 attacks, contains "filthy propaganda" against him and his outfit. In the petition filed in the high court on August 8, Saeed's advocate AK Dogar had alleged: "There is a direct threat to the life of the petitioner (Saeed) and his associates emanating from the content of the trailer of the film. "It is obvious that dialogues coming out of the lips of the different Indian actors and actresses will poison the minds of Pakistani public and will portray Hafiz Saeed (also the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group) as terrorist even though JuD has not been declared as a proscribed organisation.
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The order banning the release of the film in the theatres in Pakistan was issued by Lahore high court judge Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan, after hearing the arguments of Saeed's counsel and the government law officer. Before issuing a short-order on the film that is scheduled to release on August 28, the judge observed that Indian and other movies were easily available after their release and asked the government what it could do to stop it from being available in the market if a movie is banned.
Phantom is scheduled to hit the theatres all across the globe on August 28.
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