The much-anticipated Bollywood release Padman, starring Akshay Kumar, Radika Apte & Sonam Kapoor, released globally to good response from critics.
But, the Akshay Kumar's film didn't see the light in neighboring nation Pakistan as its censor board (Federal Censor Board) denied NOC (No Objection Certificate) for film's release.
Directed by R Balki, the film is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist who first designed a very low-cost sanitary napkins for women. For the rejection, the board members offered a clarification that 'we cannot compel our (Pakistan) distributors to buy a film that's against our traditions and culture.'
Speaking about this ban, a Pakistani filmmaker Sayyed Noor opined- 'there should to discussion among distributors and exhibitors before importing the films from foreign nations. Not just Padman, the Pakistan Censor board did not clear Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' for negative portrayal of Muslims.'
In India, Padman was denied to release by Punjab Film Censor board as it speaks out on 'menstruation' problems and sanitary napkins.
On other hand, the film based on real-life is making some whopping money at the box-office. According to reports, the 2-day collections of Padman is close to 25 Crores.