Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has banned Indian Punjabi film ‘Ambarsariya’ for “strong references” to the country’s research and analysis wing of its intelligence agency, reported The Express Tribune on 1 April 2016.
The film’s distributors appeal to have the full board review the film again was granted, but the same decision was reached. The distributors can appeal the latest decision, but no action has been taken.
The Punjab and Sindh boards of film certification have also banned the film.
This ban is just the latest in Pakistan’s continued practice of banning Indian-made pictures. In February 2016 two Bollywood films were also banned in the country. And in September 2016 an attempt was made via petition to a Pakistani court to put in place a permanent ban on the release of Indian films in the country. The petition was dismissed.
» Hindustan Times – 2 April 2016:
Diljit Dosanjh’s Ambarsariya banned in Pakistan over RAW reference
» The Express Tribune – 1 April 2016:
Indian Punjabi film banned in Pakistan
» Artsfreedom.org – 17 March 2016:
Pakistan: Two Bollywood films banned
» Artsfreedom.org – 17 September 2015:
Pakistan: Court dismisses petition to ban Indian films
» Artsfreedom.org – 25 August 2015:
Pakistan: Various Bollywood films banned