Pak film distributors want 'message of peace' 'Tere Bin Laden' ban lifted

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 06:30 hrs

Pakistani film distributors have appealed to the government to remove the ban imposed on the Bollywood flick-'TereBin', saying the feature film contains a message of the peace.

The Pakistan Culture Ministry has prohibited cinema halls across the country from releasing the film, which is scheduled to be released worldwide on July 16 (today) fearing terror attacks due to its controversial subject.

Tere Bin, which is originally titled 'Tere Bin Laden' is about a Pakistani journalist who shoots a film with an Osama lookalike in order to get fame and a US visa. It is more of a satire than a serious film about politics or terrorism.

Terming the film as a '95-minute peace tape', Nadeem Mandiwalla, owner of one the biggest Pakistani film distribution companies, urged the ministry to watch the movie and then decide whether to ban it or not.

Mandviwalla said that the film, which stars Pakistani pop singer Ali Zafar in the lead role, is not against any personality.

"It is a message of peace and not war and deals with grave issues like terrorism in a light-hearted way," The Dawn quoted Mandviwalla, as saying.

Earlier, Sattar Khokhar, the acting chairman of the Censor Board, had said that the film contains nearly 70 objectionable scenes and dialogue and a majority of the board members had rejected the movie.

"It mocks security agencies and the character of Osama bin Laden and the public exhibition can trigger violence nearly 70 objectionable scenes/dialogues. It mocks security agencies and the character of Osama bin Laden and public exhibition can trigger violence. It is not possible to delete or remove scenes and dialogues because there are so many," Khokhar said. (ANI)

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