The Dirty Picture, which is set for Friday release all over the world, has been banned by Pakistan Censor Board, reported TOI. Known for its conservative approach to cinema, the board apparently thinks the film is too bold to be screened in their country.
Tanuj Garg, CEO, Balaji Motion Pictures, is aware of the ban, reports the daily.
"Earlier Aamir Khan's Delhi Belly was banned because of what was termed as lewd content; now the axe has fallen on The Dirty Picture that is considered not suitable for playing in cinema halls across Pakistan," a Bollywood trade source told the daily.
"Pakistan is one of the biggest consumers of Hindi cinema. Pirated DVDs are reportedly available, sometimes even a day before the release on Friday. So even if Dirty Picture doesn't play in theatres, it is quite likely that the film may still be widely seen," the daily quotes another trade source as saying.
The Dirty Picture, directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor, stars Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor. The film is inspired by the life of South siren Silk Smitha.