Sonam Kapoor starrer film Neerja banned in Pakistan

Neerja starring Sonam Kapoor, based on real incidents during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986, has been banned in Pakistan.

By: PTI | Karachi | Updated: February 11, 2016 1:40 pm
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Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Neerja’, based on real incidents during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986, has been banned in Pakistan allegedly for showing the country in poor light.

In an unusual case the film has been banned here without even being submitted to the censor boards.

The Ram Madhvani-directed movie revolves around Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant on board a Pan Am Mumbai-New York flight, who was shot dead by terrorists during the hijacking while trying to save the lives of passengers.

Advertisements of the movie in some newspapers had shown its release across many cineplexes and single screen theatres in Pakistan on February 19 but it has emerged that the ministry of commerce had initially authorized the import of the film but later changed their decision. Photos: Fashionista Sonam Kapoor at Neerja’s promotions

“The ministry issued us a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to import the film and bring it to Pakistani territory but later on revoked the NOC,” an official with IMGC Entertainment said.

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Mobasher Hasan, who heads the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), said that the decision to not allow import of the film had come from the information and commerce ministry.

“The film was never brought to us for censorship,” he said, adding the commerce and information ministry had also asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) to ensure that “Neerja” is not shown on cable channels throughout Pakistan. It was very difficult to play Neerja’s mother: Shabana Azmi

An official at the commerce ministry said that due to objectionable nature of the content which portrayed Pakistan in poor light the certificate to import the film was revoked.

IMGC Executive Director Abid Rasheed admitted that there were certain anti-Pakistan elements in “Neerja” and it showed Muslims in negative light.

“This might not have gone down well with local audiences,” he speculated.

Pakistan had earlier banned big banner Indian films like “Haider”, “Phantom” and “Ek Tha Tiger”. ‘Neerja’ starring Sonam Kapoor made on Rs.21 crore budget

Indian films have done well in Pakistan since a ban on their screening was lifted during the tenure of former military dictator and President Pervez Musharraf.

Bollywood movies are generally credited for the film business booming again in the country and also leading to a revival of the Pakistani film industry.

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  1. S
    Feb 11, 2016 at 9:00 am
    stan establishment does not want its citizens to be reminded of it recent history . But then, there always is Wikipedia that can be consulted. Request to Indians, please keep a lookout for the content on Wikipedia, and report or edit to make it more comprehensive , specially in relation to the events in recent history ..
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      Varun Chaitwal
      Dec 10, 2016 at 3:59 am
      Fvvking s! accept the reality stan is the root of world terror - and is a cancer to the planet. banning a movie won't change that reality
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        Abhishek Oza
        Feb 16, 2016 at 4:49 am
        Muslims re not shown in bad light. Terrorists are shown in true light.
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        Anand sa
        Feb 12, 2016 at 8:18 am
        Super very good
        1. B
          Feb 11, 2016 at 10:57 am
          stan always wants to hide its weaknesses from the world at large and its own citizens in particular. Unless they learn to be self critical their country will continue to do wrong things and languish behind the rest. Even after 70 years they remain atleast a generation behind other major developing nations.
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            Feb 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm
            I am a stani and I salute Nirja 1986 when this actually happened news papers didnt show much because of Zia ul Haq’s dictatorship.This is the first time I am hearing about Nirja Bhanot.By banning this movie stan is proving that it cant handle the truth and many other things come to light.First how without the help of high govt officials, terrorists could have easy access to high alert airport area.Any action by Military was too slow and dela and as per eye witnessess No commanodo entered the plane until the firing stopped.The movie will expose stan and by banning it they think they can prevent it.Never mind I have seen it here in America.stanis all over the world will watch it.Salute to Neerja, shame on stan.
            1. S
              Feb 11, 2016 at 8:11 pm
              Ohhhh,,,,,Third cl actress and bollywood nautanki Sonam Kapoor must be devastated that "renowned global terrorist state" will not be watching her flick. She should add some "revealing open ended clip"in the movie like her compadre Sunny Leone. Typical P U N J A L E B I. lifestyle.
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                Pawan Mutha
                Feb 12, 2016 at 5:27 am
                Intolerant nation....... :-)
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