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ANUSHKA SHARMA’S ‘PARI’ BANNED IN PAKISTAN

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After Padman, Supernatural thriller ‘Pari’ is now banned in Pakistan. The decision has been taken by CBFC because the content of the horror film promotes black magic, some non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments. A senior member of CBFC stated that Pari’s script, dialogues and storyline go against their Islamic values. The concepts within Islam have different ideologies about magic. This film stimulates the viewers in favour of black magic and promotes thoughts that are contradictory to Muslim religion.

Mobashir Hasan, the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Censors Islamabad, told a leading daily that Prosit Roy’s movie “flouts various sections of Code of Censorship for Films”. Among the reasons cited by Hasan: the movie “contains numerous scenes of black magic with Quranic verses and Hindu mantras being recited together”. The movie was declared “unsuitable for public exhibition as it contradicts the existing rules and codes.”

Prernaa Arora, who has co-produced the movie under Clean Slate Films banner of KriArj Entertainment, said: “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 further added, “We as a responsible production feel very strongly about causing offence to any community. Earlier, our co-production ‘Pad Man’ 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 which is a movie about the nuclear test explosions conducted at Pokhran in 1998.”

Pari has been released in India with an adult certificate. This supernatural horror movie revolves around Parambrata Chatterjee who attempts to help a woman named Ruksana (Anushka Sharma) and explore the strange events that follows.