Pakistan’s censor board has not cleared Shahrukh Khan and Mahira Khan starrer Raees for release in the country after finding the film’s content and theme objectionable.
“The portrayal of Muslims is negative and the film’s content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (while also) portraying Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists,” an official source in the censor board said.
A official with Hum Films declined to comment and said so far they had not got any official word from the censor board about banning “Raees.”
The release of Raees was eagerly awaited in Pakistan as it marks the Bollywood debut of Pakistan’s top actress, Mahira Khan.
Exhibitors are now hoping that the Censor Board will allow the release of Aamir Khan’s “Dangal” which has become the highest grossing film in India. “We are hoping to get clearance from the Censor Board once we submit prints of the film to them,” a official with Geo Films which has rights to release the film in Pakistan said.