'Mulk' banned in Pak, director says watch it illegally

'Mulk' banned in Pak, director says watch it illegally

A scene from the film 'Mulk'. Image courtesy Twitter

Mulk has been banned by Pakistan's censor board, says director Anubhav Sinha, who has appealed to the viewers there to watch the movie somehow, even if it means downloading it illegally.

The courtroom drama, which deals with Islamophobia through the story of a family, is releasing this Friday.

In a letter addressed to the "dear citizens of Pakistan", Sinha said his film talks about an important issue: love among Hindus and Muslims and peaceful co-existence.

"I have recently made a film called 'Mulk'. Unfortunately, you will not be able to see it legally as the censor board in your country has banned it from you watching it," Sinha said in the letter.

The director said he was trolled viciously for making the film as some in India thought the film was pro-Muslim while some in Pakistan thought it stereotyped Muslims.

Sinha said, "Here is my question to you. Why is it so that they do not want you to see the film that talks about co-existence. I know, sooner or later, you will have access to the film. Please do watch it and give me your opinion on why did the Pakistan censor board ban the film?

"I really wanted you all to see this film legally but do watch it illegally if you must., though our digital team at home is working hard to stop all piracy (sic)."

Presented by Kamal Mukut and Soham Rockstar Entertainment, a Benaras Media Works production, Mulk is produced by Deepak Mukut and Sinha.

Mukut urged Pakistan's censor board to reconsider their decision.

"They will realise how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world," he added.

Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta feature in the film.

Veere Di Wedding, Padman and Pari were the other recent films that were banned in Pakistan.

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