Begum Jaan, starring Vidya Balan in the lead role has been banned in Pakistan.
Directed by National award-winning director Srijit Mukherji, the movie is produced by Mahesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films.
“I was told by my distributor that Pakistan has a policy does not permit the import of films which deal with the issue of partition. On learning this I requested the key officer of the censor board of Pakistan to at least view the film and then take a decision. I was assured that they would look into the matter. Sadly, I have not heard from them after that,” said Mahesh Bhatt.
“Later my distributor informed me that his office has been intimated that Begum Jaan should not be imported by him into Pakistan,” added Mr. Bhatt.
The plot of the movie revolves around survival set against the backdrop of the India-Pak partition and its impact on a brothel.
Along with Vidya Balan, the movie stars Ila Arun, Gauahar Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Chunky Pandey in the lead roles. The film is an official remake of 2015 Bengali film Rajkahini.
Just recently, Aami Khan’s blockbuster film Dangal, was also not released in theatres as the Pakistan censor board reportedly asked the film’s makers for two cuts, the scene where the Indian national anthem was played and portions showing the Indian national flag. But, Aamir Khan refused to make those cuts and chose not to release in Pakistan.