Last year due to tension between India and Pakistan, theatre owners and exhibitors in Pakistan banned the screening of Indian films. However, the ban was lifted earlier this year during the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. Unfortunately, Raees could not be released in Pakistan after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) there thought that the film apparently is defaming Muslims and showing them as goons and notorious underworld figures.(Also Read: Has Netflix Signed Rs 120 Crore Deal With Aamir Khan For Thugs of Hindostan?)
And now, a few days ago, local distributors from Pakistan apparently requested for the release of Aamir Khan’s Dangal in their country. Aamir Khan and his whole team agreed to release of the film. However, when the makers of the film, specially Aamir Khan, who is the producer of Dangal, went through a surprising demand, he rejected the release.
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Reportedly, Pakistan censor board demanded the cut of two important scenes from the film before the release. One in which the Indian flag is shown and another in which the Indian national anthem is played after Geeta Phogat wins the gold medal. Yes, the censor board there wanted these two scenes showing our national flag to be edited out from the film.
Knowing that it’s a sports-based biopic with no direct or indirect reference to Pakistan, Aamir Khan in strict words said no for the screening of the film in Pakistan. Aamir then decided that the film would not be released in Pakistan as it has nothing to do with the neighbouring country.
A very proud and right decision made by Aamir Khan!