Pakistan says Bajirao Mastani is anti-Islam, bans it
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, will not release in Pakistan, reports DNA. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan refused to issue a no objection certificate for the film which chronicles the love story of Maratha leader Peshwa Bajirao I and his second wife, Mastani, who was part Hindu and part Muslim.
Defending the board’s decision, Mobasher Hasan, chairman of CBFC told The Express Tribune: “Firstly, the film is in Hindi and our ordinance does not allow Hindi films to be screened. Secondly, it is a historical drama that is indirectly against Islam and Muslims.”
Earlier, there were speculations that the film would be banned in Pakistan because of a few intimate scenes and dialogues. Mobasher, however, clarified the board’s stand, and added that Pakistan’s censor board has termed the film anti-Islamic and, hence, it cannot be allowed to release in Pakistan.
Pakistan has three regional censor boards -- Sindh Board of Film Certification (SBFC) in Karachi, Punjab Censor Board in Lahore, Central Board of film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan in Islamabad.
The Sindh and Punjab boards have approved the film and, hence, local distributors are hopeful that the CBFC might reconsider its decision.