MUMBAI: The Censor Board of Pakistan has issued a No Objection Certificate for Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Ek Tha Tiger’.
Recently, when the trailer of the fim had been released by YRF, authorities in Pakistan had banned them, all across the country. Cable operators in Pakistan were restrained from airing the promo. The country’s media regulatory watchdog, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), felt that the story was “tarnishing the image of state owned institution: Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) agency”.
However, just before the film’s release this Eid, filmmaker Kabir Khan and the entire cast can breath a huge sigh of relief, as the hurdle has been crossed. Needless to say, a ban in Pakistan would have been a setback, even though minor, to the overseas box office collections of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. A large part of the population in Pakistan are huge fans of Salman Khan.
Vice Chairman of the CBFC, Mohammad Ashraf Gondal said, “A few board members watched the trailer. Filhaal single opinion nahi hai. CBFC chairman Shahnawaz Noon will submit a final approval report after watching the whole film.”
The distributor of the film in Pakistan, IMGC Global Entertainment, Sheikh Amjad Rasheed told a daily, “They have asked for the print by August 12. On August 13, the final content will be watched and a decision taken. But hopefully, Eid tak Pakistan ke theatres mein film lag jaayegi.”