Feb 07, 2017

Pakistan bans Shah Rukh-starrer Raees

The release of much-anticipated Bollywood film "Raees" starring Shah Rukh Khan and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, was on Monday banned in Pakistan due to its "objectionable" content.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said the Rahul Dholakia directorial, which marks Mahira Khan's Bollywood debut, will not release in the country. The film was scheduled to hit Pakistani cinemas on Sunday.

Sources in the know said the reason behind the ban was that "the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists".

Most members objected to the film's release, an official of the Punjab censor board said, adding that they will follow the decision of the central censor board.

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