Hafiz Saeed of ‘Phantom’ goes underground

Following the controversy surrounding Kabir Khan’s ‘Phantom’, Shahnawaz Pradhan, who portrays the role of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed Hafiz Saeed in ‘Phantom’ is being kept underground for security reason.

‘Phantom’ featuring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, has been banned in Pakistan reportedly by the Lahore high court after a petition was filed by Saeed. To insure security of Shahnawaz Pradhan, the makers of the film kept him underground.

"The security of all our actors is extremely important for us and now that his identity is revealed, there are precautionary measures being taken," the spokesperson of the film told IANS. 

‘Phantom’ based on the aftermath of 26/11 incidents was banned in Pakistan following Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's plea. Saeed alleged that the film contains has "venom against Pakistan and JuD" but Saif Ali Khan thinks differently, he said, "Phantom is a mix of fact and fiction. Everyone knows who is the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks. The way Kasab was sent to Mumbai to open fire at innocent people at the railway station and hotels, similarly in the film, we dabble with the idea of sending a guy from India to kill the person behind the bomb blasts. That is where the fantasy lies. It is an unbiased film. Most of the people involved in making the film are Indian Muslims. Our position is very clear that we are Indians first."

Directed by Kabir Khan, ‘Phantom’ is slated for August 28 release.