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Director of “Mulk” urges Pakistanis to watch it illegally after it gets banned

Another movie banned in Pakistan. Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming film Mulk has been banned in Pakistan. But this time, Bollywood filmmakers are upset over the “prejudiced verdict”. So much so, that director Anubhav Sinha has urged viewers in Pakistan to “watch the film illegally, if you must”.

According to a statement issued on behalf of the makers on Thursday, the Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned the film, a courtroom drama around restoring the honor of a Muslim family accused of treason.

Danyal Gilani, Chairman, Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors ( CBFC), told IANS via the social media: “Members of the CBFC unanimously decided not to approve the trailer of ‘Mulk’ as its contents flout the Censorship of Film Code, 1980.”

 

Sinha has penned a “letter to Pakistan”, through which he raises a question about why the censors in Pakistan are not letting the citizens watch a film “that talks about co-existence”. Addressed to “Dear citizens of Pakistan” in what he calls a “risk of being called an anti-national by some losers back home”, Sinha’s letter reaches out to film lovers across the border as they will not be able to see the film legally.

“Why is it that they do not want you to see the film that talks about co-existence. I know, sooner or later, you will have access to the film. Please do watch it and give me your opinion why did the Pakistan censor board ban the film. I really wanted you all to see this film legally, but do watch it illegally, if you must, though our digital team at home is working hard to stop all piracy,” wrote Sinha, who also pointed out how based on the trailer, some people in India thought it was pro-Muslim and people in Pakistan felt it stereotyped Muslims.”

Sinha has mentioned the film is about “love that all of us individuals should have”.

“You have Hindus as a minority in your country and we have Muslims as a minority in ours. We all must work towards co-existing in peace and harmony.”

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