Just when Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus "Bajirao Mastani" is set to be released on Friday, it has hit a roadblock.
According to reports, "Bajirao Mastani" is likely to be banned in Pakistan as it has failed to get a no objection certificate from the Pakistani board – Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The board has, however, approved Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Dilwale" to release in the country.
Talking about the ban, Mobasher Hasan, chairman of the CBFC, told The Express Tribune: "Firstly, the film is in Hindi and our ordinance does not allow Hindi films to be screened. Secondly, it is a historical drama that is indirectly against Islam and Muslims."
While there were speculations that the intimate scenes and certain dialogues could have been a reason for the ban, Hasan clarified that the reason for not allowing the film to release in the country is because Pakistani censor board has termed the film as 'anti-islamic'.
However, two other regional censor boards of Pakistan -- Sindh Board of Film Certification (SBFC) in Karachi, Punjab Censor Board in Lahore -- have approved the film's release.
With two boards having no objection in the release of the film, the film's distributors are hopeful that CBFC will reconsider their decision.
The report further stated that the CBFC has also agreed to review their decision. However, the final decision of the censor board is awaited.
The plot of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, "Bajirao Mastani", essentially revolves around the love story of Maratha warrior Bajirao (Ranveer Singh) and his second wife Mastani (Deepika Padukone). The story of Bajirao's troubled first wife Kashibai (played by Priyanka) is an important part of the film too.