Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Agent Vinod’ banned in Pakistan

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 11:22:27 by

Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Agent Vinod’, which has been directed by Sriram Raghavan, is the talk of the town right now but the much-awaited film has been banned by the Pakistani Film Censor Board. As per the reports, the film has been banned because it has portrayed Pakistan in a bad light.

One of the Pakistani distributors, Amjad Rashid, confirmed the media that the film has indicated an anti-Pakistani stance as a result to which it has been banned in the country. An irked Rashid further insisted that any film which will show his country in a bad light will be thrown out.

“All the 10 members of the Pakistan Film Censor Board decided to ban the film because our country has been portrayed in bad light,” Rashid told TOI over phone from Karachi on Tuesday. “I was to release the film but have decided against it after watching the film. Any film that shows my country or religion in bad light will be thrown out,” Rashid said.

Apart from Rashid, another Pakistani distributor H Rehmati also told the media that the film has shown a Pakistani army general in poor light. He said the film has shown the general watching mujra and it has been objected by Pakistani intelligence officials who came to watch the film.

The director of the film however doesn’t agree with the statement, as he believes his film has not shown Pakistan in a bad light.

Raghavan said, “We were cautious about not hurting any sentiments. Kareena Kapoor plays a Pakistani in the film. There are good people shown in the film except for one. I can guarantee that Pakistan has not been shown in bad light and it will be known to people on Friday.”

‘Agent Vinod’, which will feature Saif Ali Khan in a lead role opposite to his real life girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, is scheduled to hit the cinemas on this Friday and this ban will certainly affect the film a lot because Pakistan is amongst the top five overseas Bollywood markets.

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