The season of ban game is back again in India and Pakistan. Last week, Akshay Kumar’s Pad Man was banned in Pakistan and now this week’s release Aiyaary, too, has not been allowed a release in Pakistan.
The film has hit the screens in India today and stars Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher, Rakul Preet, Pooja Chopra and Naseeruddin Shah.
In India, the film got a green signal for release after the Central Board of Film Certification reviewed the film, followed by a screening for the Ministry of Defence, which prescribed certain modifications. As the plot of the film is set against the backdrop of the Indian Army, it had been rejected by the Central Board of Film Censors.
Aiyaary is based on a real-life incident that revolves around two strong-minded army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways.
This is not the first time Neeraj Pandey’s film is not releasing in Pakistan. His films Baby and Naam Shabana — both of which dealt with intelligence agencies on a chase for terrorists — too did not hit the screens in Pakistan.
Earlier, the film was scheduled to release on January 26 but was pushed due to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. It was moved to February 9. Then the film got in trouble with the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) in India too. And finally, after all modifications and clearance, the film hit the screens today (16th January 2018).