The “Pink’ famed actress Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming Bollywood movie “Mulk” has been banned in Pakistan before it runs on the floor. The Director of the Movie Anubhav Sinha has urged viewers of Pakistan to ‘watch the film illegally if you must.”. Following this, Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors ( CBFC) Chairman, Danyal Gilani, states in a social media that the Members of the CBFC unanimously decided not to approve the trailer of ‘Mulk’ as it contents disregard the Censorship of Film Code, 1980.
“Mulk” is a courtroom drama around restoring the honor of a Muslim family accused of treason. This is a tale of an ordinary Muslim family, living in harmony with mostly Hindu surroundings in Benaras. starring Rishi Kapoor as Advocate Murad Ali wishes his friends and neighbours a friendly ‘Salaam Walaikum’ only to receive a laid back Ram-Ram in return, as there is no bar on caste and creed in the city. On the contrary, Murad’s nephew (Prateek Babbar) had been seduced by the machinations of terrorism which the then throws a fear of oppressive Judgement. He participates in a terror plot that had killed 16 people and the situation just gone worst followed by police encounters and manhunt, which soon culminates in a courtroom battle.
Sinha has penned, a letter to Pakistan, pointing a question about why the censors in Pakistan, are not letting their citizens watch a film that talks about co-existence. He further added, urging the citizens of Pakistan, despite what he calls, a risk of being called an anti-national by some losers back home. he added, “I really wanted you all to see this film legally, but do watch it illegally if you must, through our digital team at home is working hard to stop all piracy”,
His letters reach out to film lovers across the border as they will not be able to watch the film legally. Sinha said, “The film is about love that all of us individuals should have. You have Hindus as a minority in your country and we have Muslims as a minority in ours. We all must work towards co-existing in peace and harmony.”
The film’s co-producer and Presenter Deepak Mukut of Sohum rockstar Entertainment have been disheartened. He said, I was disturbed by this prejudiced verdict and it’s such an irony because our film talks about this very prejudice and I urge the Pakistani Censor Board to reconsider their decision thus realizing how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world.
Mulk is produced by Mukut and Sinha under ‘A Benaras Media Works production’, The film features Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta.