‘Mardaani’ will not hit Pakistan theatres

Yash Raj Films’ Rani Mukerji-starrer ‘Mardaani’, which released in India this Friday with an adult certification, but it won’t hit the screens in Pakistan due to demands for a few changes. The Pakistani Censor Board not only gave the film an A certificate, but it also demanded seven major cuts in the film which Yash Raj Films has refused to do. As a result, the film will no longer release in Pakistan.

‘Mardaani’ is a raw and gritty film about a female senior inspector who has set out to confront the mastermind behind the child trafficking mafia. What follows is a cat and mouse game between a fearless cop and a young and ruthless mafia kingpin. Catch Rani Mukerji in the lead, playing an edge of the seat role of a lifetime. The movie is directed by Pradeep Sarkar.

A source says, “When Pakistan’s Censor Board saw the film, they gave it an A certificate. Besides that, they also asked for several changes to be made; they asked for around seven cuts and demanded that certain scenes be blurred. The film’s creative team felt that this was robbing the film of its essence. They didn’t want these changes to distort the film’s message and dilute it. As a result, they have not agreed to the cuts and the film will not release in Pakistan.”

“Mardaani’s team had a thorough discussion and they reached the conclusion that they did not want to compromise on their film’s essence. They haven’t agreed to the cuts and the film will not release in Pakistan”, the source added.

The scenes that the Pakistani Censor Board wished to edit from the film include auctioning of teenage girls, human trafficking and few police interrogation scenes.

Pakistani distributor Rehmat K Fazli says, “Yes, it is the film’s adult content that got in the way. There were too many deletions for any sane person to accept it. So it was rejected for public exhibition.”

A few years back, another Bollywood film that had not been screened in Pakistan was the Salman Khan starrer ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ for its depiction of Pakistani intelligence operatives. Saif Ali Khan's ‘Agent Vinod’ which also had mentions of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI had not been screened in Pakistan.

There have been many others. It’s the difference in our cultural détente that has led to such miniscule issues.

Well..all we can do for now is wish Rani luck!