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03-21-2012, 03:17 PM #1
Saif-Kareena's 'Agent Vinod' banned in Pakistan
Saif-Kareena's much awaited spy thriller "Agent Vinod" directed by Sriram Raghavan is slated for release on March 23rd this firday. With two days to go for the films worldwide release, news is that the film has been banned for public exhibition in Pakistan.
The censor board hasn’t passed the film as the movie contains references to the ISI that could hurt the sentiments of Pakistani people and its highly unlikely that Agent Vinod will release in Pakistan.
A statement from IMGC Global, the Pakistani distributor of the film, confirmed that the movie had been “banned by the censor board of Pakistan”.
A spokesperson for the Karachi-based Atrium Cinemas chain too confirmed that the movie would not be released on March 23 as it had been held up by the censors.
There was no official word from the board but sources told PTI that the film, which centres round the exploits of an Indian spy played by Saif Ali Khan, was banned as it contained references to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) “that could hurt the sentiments of people in Pakistan”.
Leading newspapers had carried advertisements over the past few days regarding the release of “Agent Vinod” in cinemas across Pakistan on March 23.
However, cineplexes in cities like Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi stopped sales of tickets for the film today after learning that it had not been cleared by censors.
The statement issued by IMGC Global quoted the firm’s chairman, Amjad Rashid, as saying that “Agent Vinod” had been banned “due to the contents of the movie”.