2015 is marked by release of many successful and significant movies whether they belong to Hollywood, Bollywood or Lollywood. Along with those films, there were some films which made headlines due to the ban levied on them.
Here are the movies which were banned in Pakistan in 2015,
Bollywood’s Baby was supposed to release on 23rd January 2015. The film featured veteran Pakistani artist Rasheed Naaz as well as Mikaal Zulfiqar in the supporting roles. SBFC refused the censor certificate due to its allegedly anti-Pakistan subject and theme.
A British-Indian film Honor Killing was due to release on 27th February 2015. Pakistani artists Zara Sheikh and Javed Sheikh played important roles in this film. The CBFC refused to issue the censor certificate calling it an anti-Pakistan film as well as revoked the censor certificate of SBFC.
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A Bollywood film released in May 2015. It also has Pakistani artists Ayub Khoso and Adnan Shah Tipu in the negative roles. The trailer of the film resulted in its negative image in Pakistan and eventually no Pakistani distributor bought this film for release in Pakistan.
Based on the Mumbai attacks, Phantom was not intended to release in Pakistan. However it gained fame when Hafiz Saeed the leader of Jammatul Dawwa filed a pre-emptive petition in the Lahore High Court to halt its expected release. Phantom was not presented before any censor board in Pakistan, but was banned by Lahore High Court on the petition of Hafiz Saeed.
Bollywood’s Bajirao Mastani is also another film which became a victim of the inconsistent censor policy of different censor boards. It was cleared by PBFC and SBFC without any major cut but was stuck in the CBFC. Eventually, though it is not banned in Pakistan, but the late decision of the CBFC resulted in the rumors of its banning.