Pakistan has banned Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Phantom because it hurts Pakistan's sentiments. Irony is that the most wanted terrorist Hafiz Saeed, who has a $50 million bounty on his head has filed a petition seeking a ban on the film.
Saif Ali Khan is visibly upset about the thought process of Pakistan and the reason for banning the film. "If you try making a film which portrays a certain element of truth, something that makes Pakistan a little bit uncomfortable, they will ban it." says Saif.
Lahore High Court cleared a petition and decided to ban the film in Pakistan. Filmmaker Kabir Khan, actor Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif have expressed their displeasure towards the Pakistani court for considering a terrorist's plea to ban the film.
This is not the first time Saif's movie is banned in Pakistan, Agent Vinod was caught in a similar circumstances and was banned in the neighboring country.
When the movie Race was released in Pakistan, it ended up making a lot of money, recollects Saif Ali Khan. Now that Phantom is banned, people will eventually end up watching it in pirated DVD's so there's no point in banning the movie.
Reportedly ,Hafiz Saeed is India's number one terrorist and most wanted man, he masterminded the 26/11 attacks and the movie Phantom is based on the same story of killing the mastermind who plotted the attacks.
The recently caught terrorist in India, Yakub Naved confirmed that Hafiz Saeed sent him to stage attacks on Indian soil.
Phantom is slated to hit the theatres in India on August 28th, 2015.