Sunday, July 07, 2013

Pakistan Bans Indian Film About Muslim Hindu Love-Affair

No interfaith movies for Pakistan. Nope, too inflammatory and potentially offensive to the Muslim majority. And the Film Censor Board, along with the rest of the world, knows too well what happens when Muslims in Pakistan get offended. So, the Indian produced film “Raanjhanaa” has been banned.

“The censor board did not clear this movie because of its controversial story,” Arshad Ali, a senior government official and chairman of the board, told AFP.

“The board recommended that the movie’s storyline could offend the majority Muslim population in the country and a law and order situation could arise in response,” he said.

According to press reports the film is the love story of a Hindu man and a Muslim woman.

It's not the first movie banned because it could incite the masses to violence.

Pakistani movie distributors boycotted Hollywood film “Zero Dark Thirty” about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. troops in Pakistan on May 2, 2011 to the country’s humiliating.

In 2012, Pakistan banned Agent Vinod, India’s answer to James Bond in which an Indian secret agent thwarts Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from British rule in 1947.

In 2010, censors also refused permission for Indian film “Tere bin Laden”, which poked fun at bin Laden. The board claimed it would incite suicide attacks.

Sad that Pakistan (and the rest of the world)  is being held hostage to the violence that Islam inspires in some people.

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