MUMBAI: Cable operators in Pakistan have been restrained from airing the promos of Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ till it is issued a no-objection certificate by the Central Board of Film Censors.
The country’s media regulatory watchdog, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), has issued a letter to satellite TV channels and cable networks saying that the movie is “based on the activities of ISI and RAW”.
“The basic theme of the story revolves around Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) agency with the objective to tarnish the image of state owned institution,” the letter said. Salman Khan’s character is that of a Research and Analysis Wing agent who is sent to Pakistan on a mission – to monitor the activities of a college professor who is suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan.
In the film’s teaser, there’s a clear mention of the proxy war played out daily between Indian intelligence agency RAW and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI. PEMRA’s letter added, “The matter should be given utmost preference and due care be ensured to uphold the country’s image and any unintentional lapse in this regard be avoided.”