Pakistan’s censor board also banned the Hindi horror movie because it “reportedly contains objectionable sequences where Quranic verses are used”, said another Pakistani news outlet Geo TV, quoting a cinema owner.
“The film not just mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to perform black magic,” a source at Pakistan’s censor board, the Central Board of Film Certification, told Geo.
What’s more, the Pakistani censor board said the movie seems to approve of black magic, which it said is un-Islamic.
“Pari’s script, dialogues and storyline go against our values. The concepts within Islam have different ideologies regarding magic. This film stimulates the viewers in favour of black magic and promotes ideas that are contradictory to our religion,” a senior member of the board told the Tribune.
The Pakistan Film Distributors Association’s chairman, Chaudhry Ejaz Kamra, agreed with the nation’s censor board’s decision.
“Any movie that goes against our culture and Islamic background should be banned in Pakistan,” he said.
One theatre company Nueplex Cinemas posted on its FB page stating tickets sold for the movie could be refunded.
‘Pari’ is the third production venture of Sharma.
Last month, Pakistan banned Hindi movie ‘Padman’ – a movie on menstrual hygiene, which starred Akshay Kumar – as it coped with a “taboo subject”.
“We can’t allow our film distributors to import movies that are against our customs and culture,” Federal Censor Board member Ishaq Ahmed said, reported PTI news agency.
“We can’t allow the screening of movies on taboo subjects in our cinemas as it’s not in our culture, society or even religion,” a part of thePunjab Film Censor Board stated.
A Pakistani filmmaker, Syed Noor , told PTI that local film distributors and exhibitors must be educated about the movies they import from other countries.
“Not only this movie ‘Padman’ but I think even ‘Padmaavat’ shouldn’t have been published in Pakistan as it portrays Muslims in a really negative light,” said Noor.
Meanwhile, last week, India refused to withdraw a ban on Pakistani artists, ANI news agency reported. The Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association refused to withdraw its ban on unsigned artists working in India. The ban was first imposed two decades ago, before the release of Pakistani celebrity Fawad Khan’s movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and before the launch of another Pakistani celebrity, Mahira Khan’s Raees, where she starred with Shah Rukh Khan.