Pakistan Film Industry is grooming very fast and with such fine movies coming in, the future of this industry is going to be very bright. But in the meantime, somehow a released movie got banned in Pakistan. Ashir Azeem, the director of Maalik premiered the movie in theatres all over the Pakistan; after three weeks the federal information ministry has ban the film yesterday.
According to an announcement delivered on Wednesday, the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage acknowledged that the film is ‘uncertified’ under the Section 9 referring to Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.
A ministry official told that:
“The information ministry reserves the right to ban any film at any time. Maalik has been banned because it shows a former chief minister as a man of corruption and opulence,”
This is not it, after the first ban on this movie; the SBFC handled much more inquiry on social media platforms seeing the fact that movie has already been in theatres over three weeks. SBFC General Secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar clarified that the choice to ban Maalik was made under “Sindh Motion Picture Act 2011”.
He explained that suppliers and makers of the film had been notified already to eliminate the words ‘CM’ from the movie. Ho also informed that:
“When we informed them about the excisions made by the SBFC panel, they had agreed to all of them as only after that could the film have been cleared for release.”
Azeem was not aware of this entire situation but after learning of removing just few words, he agreed to that. His motive was:
“The film was banned on Tuesday afternoon and the suspension was lifted in the evening. How can we make the alterations in such little time and then distribute the prints for exhibition in cinemas. That’s not possible.”
We hope that this movie will re-establish its status soon!!!!
See the Trailer of Maalik Movie here!