Salman’s `Ek Tha Tiger` banned in Pakistan?
Mumbai: He may have millions of fans in the country, but Pakistan is not in a mood to entertain Salman Khan and his new film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ in their country.
The government has asked cable operators across the country to refrain from screening promos and reviews of ETT as it feels that the ISI has been showcased in a bad way in the film.
A letter issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the country`s media regulatory watchdog, to all satellite TV channels and cable networks said, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, set for world release on August 15, is “reportedly based on the activities of ISI and RAW”.
“Besides, basic theme of the story revolves around Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency with the objective to tarnish the image of state owned institution,” the letter said.
The governing body asked cable operators to “refrain from airing promos/reviews” of the movie till it is issued a no-objection certificate by the Central Board of Film Censors of Pakistan.
“The matter should be given utmost preference and due care be ensured to uphold the country`s image and any unintentional lapse in this regard be avoided,” the letter added.
In the film, Salman plays a RAW agent who is sent to Pakistan to track a college professor`s activities, who is suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan.
The film directed by Kabir Khan also features Katrina Kaif in the lead.
Earlier this year, in March, Pakistani censors had banned Saif Ali Khan starrer ‘Agent Vinod’ as it portrayed the ISI in a bad light.