The Pakistan Censor Board has delayed the release of Bollywood film "Shootout at Wadala" stating that certain scenes were too bold and provocative.
According to reports, the board said that the item song "Laila" featuring Sunny Leone and the love-making scene between John Abraham and Kangna Ranuat were too provocative and not in line with the religious sentiments of Muslims.
An insider from the production house said, "They found the 'Laila' song, that features Sunny Leone, and the lovemaking scene between John (Abraham) and Kangana (Ranaut) too provocative for audiences in Pakistan," reported Hindustan Times.
The delay in "Shootout at Wadala" release has caused worry for the film's production team. "We have been informed that the Censor Board objected to certain portions. The authorities are reviewing it," Tanuj Garg, chief executive officer of Balaji Motion Pictures, said.
Directed by Sanjay Gupta, "Shootout at Wadala" is about a gangster, Manya Surve, who was shot dead in the first-ever registered encounter with Mumbai police. The film is also inspired by the book "Dongri to Dubai" written by journalist Hussain Zaidi.
The film features John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, and Sonu Sood in lead roles. It also stars Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpai, Ronit Roy and Mahesh Manjrekar in supporting roles.
The film collected ₹10.1 crore on the opening day (3 May) and fetched excellent critics reviews. John, Anil and Manoj were particularly appreciated for their performances.
Reviewing the film, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said, "On the whole, SHOOTOUT AT WADALA is a fire-brand, paisa vasool entertainer. Brutal and electrifying, it is one of those theatre-going experiences that has a plot, is packaged well and has content [drama, action, dialogue, songs, performances] that works big time with the avid moviegoer. Sanjay Gupta delivers a solid punch!"