List of Bollywood Movies Banned in Pakistan
India and Pakistan are close neighbors but there is a great difference in the two of them as far as the culture and tolerance levels are concerned. Though Bollywood movies have a big fan following in the neighboring country, some of them have met great objection due to one reason or the other and have been banned and here on this page we are sharing the comprehensive list of bollywood movies banned in Pakistan. As Pakistan banned several Bollywood movies instead of this Bollywood Directors are opt out actress from Pakistan which detail information could be found here: Pakistani Actresses in Bollywood Movies
Here is a list of movies banned in Pakistan
“Agent Vinod”, a spy movie featuring Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, could not make it to the screens of Pakistani theaters as it had portrayed the role of Pakistan as a terrorist country, conspiring to have a nuclear attack in India. It showed Taliban supporting the terrorists in the anti India act.
2. Khiladi 786
The next name on the list of movies banned in Pakistan is that of “Khiladi 786” and it was because of religious reasons this time as the use of 786, a scared number of Islam, in a comedy film was objected by the Muslims. Therefore, the film was barred from release in Pakistan to avoid hurting the sentiments of the Muslims in the country.
3. Jab Tak Hai Jaan
The Yash Chopra movie “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” was another one banned in Pakistan as the army based movie has some dialogues, which according to them, hinted towards the country and were instigating in nature. Shahrukh Khan played a bomb squad officer of the Indian Army in the movie, which was a big hit in India.
4. The Dirty Picture
The Naseeruddin Shah-Vidya Balan-Emraan Hashmi starrer caused quite a big stir in the film fraternity because of its erotic content. It was based on the life story of the South Indian porn star, Silk Smitha and was banned in Pakistan because it seemed too hard for the conservative nation to digest.
5. Tere Bin Laden
The ban of “Tere Bin Laden” in Pakistan was ironic in the sense that it had a Pakistani actor Ali Zafar in the lead role. But the Pak censor board considered the subject too hot to handle, as it dealt with Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden and according to them, had some controversial dialogues against the Pakistan law enforcing agencies.
6. Ek Tha Tiger
One of the biggest hits in the history of Bollywood, the Salman Khan movie “Ek Tha Tiger” is the next one to be banned in Pakistan because it seemed to have a disturbing content, with the love story of Salman and Katrina playing RAW and ISI officers respectively.
7. Chennai Express
The ban placed on the Sharukh Khan starrer “Chennai Express” was for some more practical reasons as it was going to clash with some big movies on Pakistan box office, all scheduled to release on the occasion of Eid. Therefore, the Censor Board of Pakistan banned it for some time and rescheduled its release for a later date in the financial interest of their film industry.
8. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Another Bollywood movie which was banned in Pakistan is “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, the biography of the Flying Sikh Milkha Singh. Pak Censor Board refused to have it screened in their country because it cast a negative shadow on Pakistan while narrating the Partition of the country, which left deep wounds on Milkha’s heart and he refused to go to Pakistan in the movie.
Another movie which sparked controversy in Pakistan is “Lahore”, which is based on the sport of kickboxing. As sports rivalry has always been a sensitive issue for the two countries, it once again brought huge controversy and was banned in Pakistan because of its objectionable dialogues.
In addition to all these releases, the upcoming movie “Phantom” has been banned in Pakistan even before it has been released. The Saif Ali Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer is set to release in India on 28th August and is set in the aftermath of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. It highlights the role of Hafiz Saeed as the mastermind of these attacks and has faced a ban because of a petition filed by him in Pakistan.