Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, whose latest production Begum Jaan - set
against the backdrop of India's Partition in 1947 - won't release
in Pakistan, wishes the censor board in the neighbouring country
would have given it a watch.
"I did not look at Pakistan just as a market to sell my wares.
When 'Begum Jaan' was not viewed by their censor board, I was
ridiculed by some of my close associates. That did hurt. I wish
they had given my film a viewing and then taken this decision of
not granting the permission to be screened in Pakistan," Bhatt told
IANS on social media.
"I was told by someone in the censor board to pitch the question
to the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National
Heritage which allows the import of foreign films since the board
only previews the product as per censor code. I was told that the
objection to import the film came from them," he added.
The film, starring Vidya Balan, tells the story of survival and
the sex workers community apart from Partition.
When IANS asked Mobashir Hasan, Pakistan's Central Board of Film
Censors (CBFC) head, if it is true that Pakistan doesn't import
Indian films based on Partition, he said: "Please ask the
distributors. They import the films and not the
A key distributor of Indian films in Pakistan - Satish Anand,
head honcho of Eveready Group of Companies - told IANS on social
media: "Let's put it this way that this project in present day will
not reach the screens. India-Pakistan... for the present policies
Was he distributing it? "Not at all. It was very clear this
content will not be acceptable to this market. People have liked
the trailer, I do hope the film does very well worldwide."
Begum Jaan, which marks Bengali director Srijit Mukherji's
directorial debut in Hindi films, is set to hit the Indian screens