Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat starrer "Bangistan" has been banned in Pakistan. The Pakistan Censor Board claimed that the film's tone is 'anti-Pakistan' and thus, it cannot be screened there. However, the makers of the movie have called the decision 'unfair' and demanded a review of the decision.
"Basing their judgement on the trailer alone, they have decided that the film is anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim. If anything, it's anti-terrorism and since Pakistan is as much a victim of this global menace as any other country, it is in their interest to screen the film. The film's message is that it's foolish to give up your life for a cause you will not live to fight for," says co-producer, Ritesh Sidhwani, in a statement.
The makers of "Bangistan" want a review of the decision and hence, Ritesh Deshmukh has written a letter to the ministry asking for the same.
Meanwhile, Ritesh Sidhwani has planned a visit to Pakistan along with the director and the film's actors. "I would like to show the film to the ministry and the censor board to prove that our intentions are fair," said Sidhwani.
It is believed that the trailer and the music video that show Riteish as Osama Bin Laden and Pulkit as Saddam Hussein prompted the decision.
"The promotional video doesn't reflect the content. Our story is set in a fictitious country called Bangistan," said the co-producer. Actor, Riteish also asserted that these incidents of suicide bombings happen in both India and Pakistan and thus, it is high time that the youngsters should be made aware of it."
The plot of "Bangistan" is based on two suicide bombers, played by Riteish and Pulkit, who get influenced by terror groups and agree to turn suicide bombers but later realise that such actions will take them nowhere.