Akshay Kumar starrer latest Bollywood movie ‘PadMan’ has been banned in Pakistan. Pakistani Federal Censor Board did not clear the movie and didn’t allow it to release in the country. Ishaq Ahmed, member of the country’s Censor Board, made an official announcement to confirm this news. Claiming that the film’s storyline is against their traditions and culture, the Board did not allow the movie to release in Pakistan.
Though the Hindi movie faced ban in Pakistan, it managed to earn a record-breaking box office collection in India. Releasing on 2750 screens in India, R Balki’s directorial earned a total income of Rs 38.50 crore in 3 days. The movie collected Rs 10 crore on opening day. Featuring Radhika Apte in main role, the film witnessed slight growth in public response on Saturday and earned Rs 13.50 crore. Witnessing more hike in the theatre occupancy on Sunday, the film registered a business of Rs 15 crore on 3rd day of its release in India.
This is not the first time for Pakistani Censor Board to oppose any Indian film’s release in their country. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ movie also wasn’t allowed to release there. Citing the reason of false portrayal of Pakistani ISI agent in the film, higher authorities in Federal Censor Board of Pakistan didn’t certify the movie. However, the film did a business of more Rs 500 crore across the globe and emerged as highest grossing movie of year 2018.
Bollywood industry has been witnessing helm controversies in year 2018. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavat’ was the first one to land in controversies. Facing opposition from Rajput community and several other fringe groups in the society, the film was not allowed to release in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Inspite of releasing on average number of screens in India, the Bollywood movie earned Rs 250 crore total box office collection in two weeks.