Petition filed to ban Bollywood movie Padmaavat in Pakistan

A petition has been filed in Lahore High Court to ban Bollywood movie Padmaavat screening in cinemas due to the wrong and negative depiction of Muslim character in the movie. It is to be noted that the movie has been running in cinemas for the past two weeks.

“The director not only distorted the facts but also transcended the limits of expression and exhibition of the movie in Pakistan,” the petition submitted to Lahore High Court noted.

The petitioner states that portrayal of Muslim ruler Allaudin Khilji is far from reality. Furthermore, the movie portrays Khilji as rigid and a beast. A few intense scenes also showed “Khilji, the Muslim Ruler, eating raw meat” which is not true.

According to the petitioner, the movie also violates Section 6 of The Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979. “Under the section, a film shall not be certified for public exhibition if it damages the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defense of Pakistan, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality.”

The petitioner believes that the movie is showing distorted history which will confuse our youth and their knowledge about Muslim Rulers.

The movie is about “Rani Padmavati”, a queen with whom Alauddin Khilji was obsessed.

This is not the first time that Padmaavat movie is facing such situation. It faced humongous criticism from Indian extremists parties over the depiction of Padmaavati in a controversial light. Especially, the Indian Rajasthani community had issues with the movie which resulted in a late release but after deletion of several scenes, the censor board gave a certificate for release of the movie.

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