Sonam Kapoor Starrer Neerja is banned in Pakistan. Neerja is based on real incidents during the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986. The Ram Madhvani directed Neerja movie revolves around Neerja Bhanot.
Earlier banned big banner Indian films like ‘Haider’, ‘Phantom’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ in Pakistan. An official with IMGC Entertainment said that, “The ministry issued us a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to import the film and bring it to Pakistani territory but later on revoked the NOC.”
In an unusual case the film has been banned in the country without even being submitted to the censor board. In the Neerja, portrayed Pakistan in poor light the certificate to import the film was revoked.
Head of the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Mobasher Hasan said that the decision to not allow import of the film had come from the information and commerce ministry. The film was never brought to us for censorship.
The commerce and information ministry had also asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) to ensure that Neerja is not shown on cable channels throughout Pakistan. Neerja will be released in 19th February 2016.
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