Mahira Khan’s Bollywood debut Raees released globally on January 25 but did not released in Pakistan. Mahira, recently at a press conference in India, through a video call expressed that everyone in Pakistan is eagerly waiting for the gangster-drama’s release. But seems like the excitement of her fans is going to be shattered since Raees has been declared unsuitable by the Central Censor Board and is banned in Pakistan. Rumors were abuzz that the film will hit local cinemas soon but latest reports from leading daily suggest that the film will not be releasing in Pakistan.
As per the details, the Pakistani censor board reviewed the movie for three days to decide whether it should be released in Pakistan. Now, the content of the movie has been declared unsuitable for releasing in Pakistani cinemas and is banned for “inappropriate portrayal of Muslims.”
The members of censor board committee while banning the movie remarked that Raees did not depict the real face of Islam. It is banned because of portraying Muslim as criminals, terrorists and undermining a specific sector.
Set against the 1980s India, Raees tells the story of a Muslim bootlegger whose “business” is thwarted by a tough policeman. The movie is directed by Rahul Dholakia and stars Pakistani Diva Mahira Khan opposite Shah Rukh Khan in lead roles.