- Author – Kanishk Yadav
Anushka Sharma’s horror film, Pari, hit screens on March 2. The film has received mix reviews and has managed to make about Rs 13 crore on its opening weekend.
However, unfortunately, Pari has now been banned in Pakistan. According to the Pakistan Censor Board chief Mobashir Hasan, Pari has been deemed “unfit” for public viewing, by a panel followed by Central Board of Film Censors’ (CBFC) full board review as it “flouts various sections of the existing rules and code of CBFC” and “innumerable dialogues and scenes are against the established religious, social and moral ethos”.
A source told a Pakistani news outlet, “The film not only mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to do black magic.”
The Pakistan Film Distributors Association’s chairman, Chaudhry Ejaz Kamra, agreed with the decision.
“Any film that goes against our culture and Islamic history should be banned in Pakistan,” he said.
Prerna Arora, from KiArj Entertainment, who produced the film along with Anushka’s Clean Slate Productions is rather peeved with this decision. “They (the Pakistan censor board) seem to be taking random decisions. How do we explain why they would think of Pari as anti-Islamic? Evil, which the film portrays, has no religion.”
She added, “We as a responsible production feel very strongly about causing offense to any community. Earlier, our co-production PadMan was banned in Pakistan for being anti-Islamic. Now Pari is also anti-Islamic. Can they please define anti-Islamic? I have no doubt Pakistan will find my next release Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran also anti-Islamic.”
Pari also stars Parambrata Chatterjee and Rajat Kapoor.