Ek Tha Tiger Banned In Pakistan
Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (ETT) has been banned by the Pakistan censor board. Though there is no official announcement from the board, but Pakistani distributor Atif Rashid told TOI, “I was just told the film cannot be released in Pakistan and there will be further discussion on it.” ETT was to release with 35 prints in Pakistan on Eid.
Filmmaker Kabir Khan said, “It is sad a film that promotes peace and friendship between countries has fallen victim to politics.” Trade pundits feel ETT had potential of doing a business of Rs 10 cr. Khan said, “It is not about the money loss but a film with good intention failed to release in Pakistan though places like Dubai and London which has a mixed population of Indians and Pakistanis have reacted positively to the film.”
Nearly half a dozen films in the last five years have been banned in Pakistan. The last film to be banned in Pakistan was Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Agent Vinod’ which also had mentions of Pakistan’s intelliegence agency ISI. A Pakistani filmmaker said, “Any Indian film with mention of ISI will not get a release in Pakistan so filmmakers need to keep that in mind if they want to help that territory grow.”