Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan in 'Raees'
Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees, which was slated to hit Pakistani screens this week, has been banned by the country's Censor Board for "inappropriate" portrayal of Muslims. Pak actress Mahira Khan features in the crime thriller.
Satish Anand, a distributor of Bollywood films in Pak, said, "There was a message from the Board banning exhibition of Raees in Pakistan and the reason given was 'distortion of true spirit of Islam'. (That) Content (is) objectionable for our territory."
In India, the film's release was iffy over Mahira's role, following the September Uri attacks. Pakistani artistes were banned in India, and Mahira was unable to promote the film here.
Raees director Rahul Dholakia said, "I am yet to receive a letter from the Pak censor board, but I am shocked by the decision. The film has released in several Muslim-dominated countries like the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, etc. I think this ban will lead to rampant piracy since people across the border will definitely watch it."
Last week, Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil became the first film to hit Pak theatres after a month-long ban by exhibitors.