Aamir Khan decides to stall the release of ‘Dangal’ in Pakistan
Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Dangal’ is one of the biggest hits in the history of Indian cinema. Not just in India, but the film did very well overseas too. But, it was not released in the neighbouring country, Pakistan.
However, now as the film was ready to release in the neighbouring country, Aamir has decided to stall the release, and the reason behind it is that Pakistani Central Board of Film Censors has demanded to edit out two scenes involving the Indian flag and the national anthem.
The actor’s spokesperson told a leading daily, “Pakistan had been very keen on releasing the film and several distributors had been talking to us, but after their censor came back with a demand for two cuts, Aamir Khan decided to stall the release.”
The spokesperson added, “Not only are the scenes pivotal to the film, there’s nothing jingoistic that is demeaning towards another country or person. He felt that the demand seemed unreasonable so we either release the film as it is or not at all.”
Head of Pakistan’s censor board, Mobashir Hasan, stated that “the decision is the collective wisdom of the board.” He further added that it was now up to the local distributor to release the film or not.
Towards the climax of the film, there’s a sequence when Geeta wins gold medal and National Anthem is being played. Aamir’s spokesperson said, “Every sports movie honours the winner and his or her country. It’s only natural and in good spirit.”
“If it released in Pakistan, ‘Dangal’ would have probably made Rs 10 to 12 crore, which it won’t now and there will be piracy too but it was a stand that we had to take,” added the spokesperson. (Also Read: Rakhi Sawant: I’m not Salman Khan, Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan to do things for publicity)
Well, that was a very patriotic decision on Aamir’s part. Let’s wait for more developments on this.