Three weeks after the Ashir Azeem’s directorial ‘Maalik’ premiered at theatres across Pakistan, the federal information ministry and Sindh government has slapped a ban on the film. No reason has been specified in the notification released, but the film has been accused by some quarters of promoting ethnic racism and showing Pakistani politicians in bad light.
“The information ministry reserves the right to ban any film at any time. Maalik has been banned because it shows a former chief minister as a man of corruption and opulence,” a ministry official, requesting anonymity, told a local media.
Though many movies had faced ban earlier by censor board of Pakistan but this is the first time government has intervened in the matter. Pakistani government has directly banned Ashir Azeem’s latest release.
Local cinemas have cancelled the movie’s shows with immediate effect and are refunding the tickets following the ban.
In a series of tweets, Ashir Azeem condemn the ban on his movie,
‘Maalik’ stars director Ashir Azeem himself as Major Asad, a former SSG Commando who now runs a private security company.
Source: Business Recorder