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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif attend a promotional event for their forthcoming film “Ek Tha Tiger” in Mumbai. – Photo by AFP
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif attend a promotional event for their forthcoming film “Ek Tha Tiger” in Mumbai. – Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Officials of Pakistan’s media watchdog have said the airing of an upcoming Indian film is subject to an approval from the censor board.

Officials of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) have said they never sent a letter to stop airing Salman Khan’s upcoming film “Ek Tha Tiger,” which highlights Pakistan’s spy agency, a report in Times of India said on Tuesday. However, the film’s release in Pakistan remains subject to the Central Board of Film Censor’s approval.

“We have not issued any letter to any cable operator regarding this movie. We issue letters to cable operators through broader instruction. It is in our law that no drama/cartoon movies can be aired against the sovereignty of the country,” Pemra General Manager Fakhruddin Mughal was quoted as saying by the report.

Pemra’s statement was backed by owner of Karachi’s Atrium Cinemas, Nadeem H. Mandviwalla, who insisted that until the content of the film is known, there can be no ban placed on showing the film in Pakistani cinemas.

“It has not been banned, neither has the government said anything about banning it. It is a reservation and that will be cleared when the film comes out,” Mandviwalla told TOI.

Earlier this year, Saif Ali Khan starrer "Agent Vinod," which was critical of the spy agency ISI, was also banned from being released in Pakistan. Cinema owners say they will abide by whatever policy the government decides on regarding the release of “Ek Tha Tiger” in Pakistan.

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Jul 14, 2012 10:17am
then why every second movie is like that...................
Ashwini Shinde
Jul 16, 2012 12:24pm
OK.. that seems to be the reason why Indian movies are so successful in Pakistan. Be brave enough to accept the facts than being hypocrite.
shweta dhamija
Jul 18, 2012 12:01pm
no doubt ek tha tiger breaking all records, sallu & kat mind blowing, marvelous, fantastic etc… and all the songs are beautiful sallu is the king of bollywood...
Jul 13, 2012 09:45am
my patriotism is not so weak that an indian movie could change it. just enjoy movie for it songs and dances
Jul 12, 2012 08:46pm
who cares!!
Gulrez K
Jul 12, 2012 05:19pm
Just let it run in cinema houses. Who cares, there is no love lost between two countries. I am sure as a typical Indian movie, it is botched up fiction, just enjoy songs & dances.
feroz khan
Jul 13, 2012 09:25am
Gook Luck salman brother
Jul 13, 2012 07:31am
You are right- it reflects on Pakistani attitude
Jul 13, 2012 07:31am
trust me it is not fever in india
Jul 13, 2012 07:48am
Bollywood is a favorite battle ground for Indians to win all the wars and accomplish " missions impossible". Let's see a new episode.
Jul 15, 2012 08:59am
right now we are enjoying Rowdy Rahod here
Jul 12, 2012 02:51pm
GUD LOOK SALMAN KHAN .............
Jul 13, 2012 08:27am
Movies must be considered as a medium of entertainment.But if it hurts the sentiment of the people of the entire country it certainly must NOT be shown in that country.
Ram Yalla
Jul 13, 2012 04:01pm
Being an indian, I must say it does sell good if its anti-Pakistan ...Border and many other movies are example of this ...so saying that its "not a fever" is probably not true .. UP, MP, Bihar, Parts of Gujrat and Maharashtra, Most of Rajasthan and Haryana strive for such movies ... Personally I think Bollywood should grow up a little and work towards peace more , rather than producing such movies , primarliy for financial gains...Veer Zara was a good one...
Jul 13, 2012 03:00pm
Let the Indian be happy by proving in movies. Who cares what nonsense they show in movies. Their movies are bad and spreading vulgarity and spoiling the young generation. They have no educational movies or movies on social issues focusing on their country particularly the poverty their majority is suffering.
Jul 14, 2012 01:47pm
almost none.....
Jul 14, 2012 01:48pm
almost none
Jul 13, 2012 12:11pm
They can censor it all they want. People will watch it on DVD anyways and, unlike the censor board, they are mature enough to know fact from fiction. Infact, banning it will only increase the demand for this movie.
Jul 13, 2012 05:57am
completely agreed...lots of differences between the two nations. Believe me, a Salman Khan movie should be the least of our worries. More importantly, people don't depend on Hindi masala movies to make up their minds about India Pakistan relations.
Jul 13, 2012 06:35am
i am sure its only fever in India and against the Pakistan...........
Jul 13, 2012 01:04pm
Sure.. when u make movie u make it best OK.. that so typical of Pakistanis they want to enjoy the movie and than pretend to give impression that..no big deal..
Jul 14, 2012 02:47am
Forget about wars or mission impossible, Bollywood ensures so much employment both directly and indirectly to. 1. film star's 2. Tech guys 3. Cimema distributors / hall owners/ etc 4. not only in india but even in Other countries too.. so see the +ive aspect also
Jul 14, 2012 04:43am
common on pakistani guys Ramchand pakistani movie was full of anti india then also it was release in india lets open mind and just enjoy like masala movie
Jul 14, 2012 07:45am
Who can say that howmany Pakistani movies the Indian cinemas are airing as against the release of Indian movies in Pakistan?
Jul 14, 2012 08:01am
Nonsense. If it hurts one's sentiments, don't see it. Let the box office decide if the movie is a success or not.
Jul 14, 2012 04:06pm
wow wow in my view let the people of pakistan deside that only if they dont want to see or they want to see both ways they should make a call dont force what they should see or not
Moosa M
Jul 14, 2012 04:35pm
Not only Pakistanis but also the Indian cinemagoers like or dislike the propoganda type movies. You see Sunny Deol has been dumped by the Indian public after his series of anti-Pakistani movies. Out of couple of them got success and now nobody see any coming movie of that guy.
Shamroz Tariq
Jul 16, 2012 08:07am
So far ive seen the promos of this movie...only ISI name taken in dialogues neither in postivie way nor negative. If in real pakistani govt. or ISI is really so sensitive that nobody could even take their name (ISI) then they should really take action against Veena Malik who imposed ISI name on her left hand with bare body. Did they take any action against her?? i dont think so.
Jul 15, 2012 03:27am
very good my friend.that shows your maturity,and i do hope that you have better idea of who is the real culprit in the continuing thaw between our two nations. thank you.
Aug 08, 2012 12:33pm
So you have a problem when the Pakistani's GIVE an impression and you have a problem when they dont? You seriously gotta know what you want before jumping on the bandwagon.