KATHMANDU— Malaysian censor board has barred Bollywood’s controversial period drama Padmaavat from receiving a theatrical release.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed Padmaavat has been banned in Malaysia by the country’s censor board as the film touches on the ‘sensitivities of Islam’.
The announcement by Malaysia’s National Film Censorship Board (LPF) was made Saturday.
The chairman of LPF Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz has said the lavishly-mounted film was not cleared as it might offend the Muslims in the country.
The movie, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, is based on the 16th century epic, Padmaavat by poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi.
“The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country,” Aziz was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today.
Malaysia has a history of banning movies that are widely distributed elsewhere in the world. Last year it had banned Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ citing its so-called ‘gay moment,’ before relenting and allowing it a PG13 certificate.
It also prosecuted filmmaker Lena Hendry for holding a private screening of a documentary ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.’
The distributor in Malaysia is expected to appeal the LPF decision to a separately constituted Film Appeals Committee on Jan. 30.
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