Mumbai, Dec 6 (): After big budget super-hit films like Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Agent Vinod’ were banned in Pakistan, the latest film to be banned in our neighbouring country, Pakistan is Akshay Kumar’s yet-to-be-released ‘Khiladi 786’.
Reports said that the number 786 in the title of the film may hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims, as it marks their holy number. Hence, they have banned promos of the film in Pakistan and they also have ordered the theatres not to release the film.
The Censor Board of Pakistan has also ordered the distributors to remove the posters and billboards of the film. Raja Mustafa Haider, chairman of Pakistan Censor Board revealed that the appearance of banners for the film in Rawalpindi and other areas was brought to his notice and he had asked the City District Government Rawalpindi to remove all of them.
Khiladi 786 is yet to be cleared by the censors for screening in Pakistan. However, as per their suggestion the film will get released removing 786 from the title.
Raja did not disclose the final decision about the fate of the movie. He said they would decide it when the movie comes to them, before screening in the cinema houses.
Film distributor Suhail Mukhtar said the Censor Board had the legal right to alter the name of a film if it was found to be objectionable. However, he said the screening of the film would not stop unless it had “objectionable dialogues and scenes.”
From ‘Khiladi’ to ‘Khiladi 786′, the series has made Akshay Kumar a known name in Bollywood. ‘Khiladi’ released in 1992 was the first film in the series. It was a suspense thriller. Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ was released in 1994. The movie did well at the box office. Now, Akshay Kumar returns to the series after 12 years with ‘Khiladi 786′.
‘Khiladi 786’, starring Akshay Kumar and Asin, will release elsewhere in the world this Friday, on 7th December, 2012.