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Pakistan bans Indian romantic film 'Raanjhanaa' for controversial theme

Publication Date : 05-07-2013


The Pakistan film censorship board has banned the screening of Indian romantic film "Raanjhanaa" starred by Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor in the country because of its alleged controversial theme.

The Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) in Pakistan banned the film shortly before its scheduled release, IMGC Global Entertainment CEO Amjad Rasheed, the importer of the film said.

Earlier the Board had also banned films like "Ek Tha Tiger", "GI Joe", "Agent Vinod" for their controversial themes and "anti-Pakistan" sentiments.

Amjad said that he received a letter from Board with directives to shelve the film's release. "The letter from CBFC states that the film portrays an inapt image of a Muslim girl (played by Sonam Kapoor) falling in love with a Hindu man and having an affair with him."

Directed by Anand L Rai, Raanjhanaa was scheduled to be released in Pakistan on the last week of June.

Pakistani singer Shiraz Uppal has also lent his voice for the title track of the film, composed by AR Rehman.

The Bollywood film's plot portrays Muslim girl Zoya (Sonam) falling in love with Kundan (Dhanush) and later Jasjeet Singh (Abhey Deol).

The film starts with pundit's Hindu Brahmin son Kundan falling for Zoya at first sight. He follows her to school, after school, in the market — almost everywhere.

After getting slapped 16 times by Zoya, Kundan finally gets to know her name, but his hesitation that she will reject him because of his religion leads him to introduce himself as Rizwan. She agrees to meet him behind a temple, but the meeting does not turn out well as Zoya finds out that he is Hindu.

As the story unfolds, Zoya also develops feelings for Kundan, however, her parents find out about it and send her off to Delhi in order to protect the family's honour.

Later in Delhi, Zoya falls in love with Jasjeet Singh, a student leader who also leads a political party.

Raanjhanaa grossed 1.31 billion Indian rupees (US$21 million) in its second week of release.


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