Be it politics, diplomacy, international issues and even films, India and Pakistan never seem to agree on the same thing. Here’s a list of Bollywood movies that were banned in Pakistan:
1. Lahore, 2010
The movie was banned as censor board objected to some dialogues and scenes of film and mainly because Pakistani boxers were shown in a negative light.
2. Tere Bin Laden, 2010
Pakistan banned a Bollywood movie starring their own export to India, singer-actor Ali Zafar. Tere Bin Laden was banned fearing the title could be misconstrued by Islamist extremists as reason for attack in Pakistan because it dealt with the controversial issue of slain Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden.
3. Delhi Belly, 2011
Delhi Belly was not allowed to be screened by the censor board due to the use of highly explicit and objectionable language.
4. Khiladi 786, 2012
Considered very sacred to Islam, the usage of the number in a comedy film was deemed to be hurtful for Islamic sentiments and therefore led to a ban on the promo and eventually the complete film got scrapped in Pakistan.
5. Ek Tha Tiger, 2012
The plot of the movie dealt with altercations between the intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan i.e RAW and ISI respectively. No wonder, the spy flick was declared ‘problematic’ and put on indefinite hold in Pakistan.
6. Agent Vinod, 2012
Agent Vinod got banned just days before its scheduled release owing to its plot which established Pakistan’s ISI as the anti-India element.
7. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 2013
The movie was banned because it allegedly does not portray Pakistan in good light, as it travels through the troubled past of India-Pakistan partition.
8. Raanjhanaa, 2013
Raanjhanaa was banned because of the portrayal of the character of a Muslim girl who falls in love with a Hindu boy.
9. David, 2013
The film by Bejoy Nambiar didn’t go down well with the Pakistan Censor Board as they thought it didn’t pass the basic criteria given by the board and was therefore not suitable for viewing in Pakistan.
10. Haider, 2014
Haider was banned because it it depicts Kashmir insurgency, a sensitive issue between Pakistan and India.
11. Baby, 2015
The Akshay Kumar starer movie was based on Terrorism in India was banned in Pakistan.
12. Bangistan, 2015
A film about two suicide bombers was banned by the Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors due to its anti-Islamic and anti-Pakistan content.
13. Calendar Girls, 2015
Pakistani censor board didn’t approve of the movie that revolves around the lives of 5 models, one of whom is Pakistani.
14. Phantom, 2015
The film is based on Hussain Zaidi’s novel ‘Mumbai Avengers’, and is a fictional take on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Owing to its controversial and anti-Pakistan content, the film has been banned in Pakistan.