If some reports are to be believed, film certification board of Pakistan has banned the release of PadMan there. The movie starring Akshay Kumar in the lead role, tells a story of Arunachalam Muruganantham’s journey to make affordable sanitary napkins. Meanwhile, Pakistan Censor Board chief Mobashir Hasan says the decision on NOC was yet to be taken and the news of ban is not true.
"The decision to issue an NOC by the Ministry of Information Broadcasting National History and Literary Heritage is yet to be taken on the release of a foreign feature film 'Pad Man' as the film has not yet been pre-viewed by the ... Censors."
“The decision to grant NOC to the subject film will be based on the merit and criteria of the … Censors, not vexatious, false and irresponsible political motives being created on various media platforms on the back of the film.”
“It is advisable to maintain principles of integrity whilst making statements on any issues… Good values are the foundation upon which we will build a prosperous Pakistan, not upon a decision of releasing a solitary film.”
On the other hand, women in Pakistan started slamming the censor board there:
— Ammara Ahmad (@ammarawrites) February 10, 2018
Banning PadMan in Pakistan is another one of those illogical things that simply affect the business of cinemas in Pakistan.
Menstruation is a fact of life, and bringing it to mainstream consciousness is neither immoral nor un-Islamic.
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 10, 2018
#Padman banned in Pakistan just because it's a movie that's trying to create awareness about the health issues women go through due to lack to knowledge!!! Very disappointing!
— Komal Shahid (@ArmedWithWords) February 9, 2018
Banning padman in Pakistan just shows how we havent mentally progressed as a nation. Utterly disappointing.
— Amna Mazhar (@ozilinaa) February 10, 2018
Banning #Padman in Pakistan proves that this country is run by hypocrites and uneducated morons. Not talking about an issue doesn't make it go away. And why is it even a taboo in the first place? We will never learn.
— Fatima ✨ (@fatimataqishah) February 10, 2018