The country's Federal Censor Board has refused to give its nod for the release of the R Balki-directed film, made on a real life story of India's PadMan - Arunachalam Muruganantham. According to reports the numbers are expected to be even higher on Sunday considering it's another holiday and it is a family oriented film.
In this film, Akshay Kumar is playing leading role and Radhika Apte will be seen playing his wife in the film. "But I still would dare to make the film, and one day, I know that they will be quietly watching it and they will understand that this film is very essential for their family, and for the hygiene and happiness of their family", he said. They have criticised film distributors for purchasing Indian films that are "ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture".
A source from Pakistan says Pad Man was being served up an example of the country's censorial austerity.
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Mona Alam, a journalist, lashed the Pakistan censor board's move to ban PadMan. "Earlier there was an issue with Padmaavat and the members are facing criticism for issuing it a certificate already..." In such circumstances, we can not allow a film whose name, subject and story are not acceptable yet in our society. As absurd as this claim by the censor board is, it is even surprising to learn that the men from the board "were hesitant" to even watch the movie to see if it even fits the set code of conduct because it deals with a women's issue. The film Padman is co-produced by Twinkle Khanna's Mrs Funnybones Movies and KriArj Entertainment.
Pad Man has been released in India and is receiving positive response from both the critics and audiences. "Hopefully, the news will be confirmed soon whether Padman will be banned in Pakistan or not". He concludes, "I urge the Pakistani censor board to view the film".