'Bajirao Mastani' to be banned in Pakistan?
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus 'Bajirao Mastani' that is all set to hit the theatres tomorrow, seems to have run into trouble in Pakistan. The film, which depicts the life of Maratha warrior king Bajirao Peshwa and stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, has failed to get a no objection certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan.
According to reports in The Express Tribune, Mobasher Hasan, the chairman of the CBFC stated that the film is in Hindi, and per their ordinance, Hindi films cannot be screened. Adding to it, he said that the historical drama is indirectly against Islam and Muslims, since it explores the relationship between Bajirao Peshwa and his Muslim wife Mastani. While there were speculations that the film was banned because of certain dialogues and intimate scenes, Hasan clarified that reasons for not allowing the release of the film weren't these.
However, as per other reports, following a full board film review again, the board has decided to review its previous decision, but the outcome has not been declared.
Interestingly, on the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan's 'Diwale' has been approved for release in Pakistan.