After Padman, Pakistan has now banned Aiyaary for showing corruption in the army and a negative portrayal of Pakistan.
This is director Neeraj Pandey’s third film banned by Pakistan. His earlier films Baby and Naam Shabana also did not release there. Neeraj Pandey said that he have been a target in Pakistan as most of his films have been around patriotic themes.
“This time I had told my team to not even try for a Pakistan release. But then we had the luxury of time due to frequent postponement of the film. We had strong queries (demand for the film) from Pakistan, but I knew that it will not get released there.”
Neeraj feels that many of films have a problem in Pakistan. “I don’t think I am a problem. It has to be the film. The theme (Aiyaary) is very patriotic and doesn’t cut well there. Even MS Dhoni was not allowed to be shown in Pakistan,” he says.