PadMan starring Akshay Kumar, which deals with the issue of menstrual hygiene, has been banned in Pakistan.
The country’s Federal Censor Board has refused to give the film license for the release for the Akshay Kumar film, which also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
“We can’t allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture,” Federal Censorship Board member Ishaq Ahmed said.
The members of Punjab Film Censor Board also refused to release the film saying it is based on a “taboo subject” and clearly rejected any clearance certificate to it.
“We can’t allow the screening of films on taboo subjects in our cinemas as it is not in our culture, society or even religion,” a member said.
Well known Pakistani filmmaker Syed Noor said that there was a need to speak to the local film distributors and exhibitors about the films they import from other countries
“Not only this film PadMan but I think even Padmavaat should not have been released in Pakistan as it portrays Muslims in a very negative light,” Noor said.
PadMan has taken a goos start. The film had earned Rs 10.26 crore on its first day and is expected to cross the Rs 50 crore mark during the weekend. PadMan is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented the manufacturing machine that could provide sanitary pads to women at a considerably low cost. The movie features Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles, and has been directed by R Balki.
Akshay Kumars Padman, had collected a total of Rs 23.94 crore in two days while it had opened to Rs 10.26 crore. Though its business picked up pace on Saturday with a growth of almost 35% making its second day collection Rs 13.68 crore, it is still tough to say whether PadMan will be able to rake in good numbers by the closing of the weekend.