Sonam Kapoor starrer ‘Neerja’ banned in Pakistan

Actress Sonam Kapoor starrer upcoming biopic ‘Neerja’ which is based on the true story of the hijacking of the Pan Am Flight 73 at the Karachi airport in 1986, has been banned in Pakistan for allegedly portraying Muslims in a negative light.

According to a report PTI report, the film has been banned in Pakistan without even being submitted to the censor boards.

Advertisements of the film in some newspapers had shown its release across many theatres in Pakistan on February 19, but it has emerged that the information and commerce ministry had initially authorized the import of the film but later changed its decision.

An official of Pakistani film distribution company IMGC Entertainment said that the ministry has issued a No Objection Certificate to import the film, but later on revoked it. According to the ministry officials, there were certain objectionable content in ‘Neerja’ that showed Pakistan in a poor light.

Mobashir Hasan, chairman of the Central Board of Film Censors said that it was the decision of the ministry to not allow the import of the film and it was never brought to them for censorship. The ministry had also asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority to ensure that 'Neerja' is not shown on cable channels in the country, Hasan added.

The Ram Madhvani directed movie tells the story of 23-year-old Neerja Bhanot, an airhostess with Mumbai-based Pan Am airlines who sacrificed her life to save the lives of passengers from terrorist on board a hijacked New York-bound flight in Karachi in September, 1986.

The film also stars veteran actress Shabana Azmi and singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani