Nadeem Mandviwalla clears the air on Padman ban

Arunachalam Murugananthan with Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar

Arunachalam Murugananthan with Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar

The Punjab Film Censor Board has banned the Bollywood movie, Padman, exclusively on the basis of it portraying a subject that they think is a "taboo" - menstrual hygiene.

The film is based on the real-life story of Arunachal Muruganathan and according to Arunachal, the film was a like life experience for him.

The actor also said that he was not a part of the film for commercial reasons.

"We can't allow the screening of films on taboo subjects in our cinemas as it is not in our culture, society or even religion", a member of the Punjab Film Censor Board stated.

But, the Akshay Kumar's film didn't see the light in neighboring nation Pakistan as its censor board (Federal Censor Board) denied NOC (No Objection Certificate) for film's release.

The Express Tribune has described the decision as "shocking". They have criticised film distributors for purchasing Indian films that are "ruining Islamic traditions, history and culture". Airlift had a more pan-India appeal due to its patriotic theme whereas Pad Man caters to sanitary hygiene due to which a larger mass appeal can't really be expected. "Not just Padman, the Pakistan Censor board did not clear Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat" for negative portrayal of Muslims'. As absurd as this claim by the censor board is, it is even surprising to learn that the men from the board "were hesitant" to even watch the movie to see if it even fits the set code of conduct because it deals with a women's issue.

The list of Bollywood movies which have been banned in Pakistan is quite long, including the recent Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).

Pad Man has been released in India and is receiving positive response from both the critics and audiences.

A Pakistani woman wrote on Twitter as well, "Banning padman in Pakistan just shows how we havent mentally progressed as a nation".

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