Pakistan censor board has finally banned screening of a long awaited tongue-in-cheek comedy ‘Tere bin Laden’ in Pakistani cinemas due to security issues. According to the culture ministry’s press release “the movie mocks law and enforcement agencies and the character of Osama bin Laden which may stir terrorism in the country”.
As a result Pakistani Government and the censor board have been heavily criticized in the name of free media.
However in my opinion this is perhaps one of the rare right steps Government has taken to avoid terrorism in cinemas.
Its a fact that security is indeed an issue in Pakistan, at least we Pakistanis must not whine over the film which is monetarily benefiting India.
Secondly, Ali Zafar is just an actor representing Bollywood in Pakistan, so it would be unfair to brand him a national icon doing something internationally. Its not a Lolly or Hollywood movie neither it has anything to do with Pakistani Nationalism. Its about career of an individual who’s representing India.( not even using Pakistani platform)
Instead of deploying heavy artillery outside cinemas why not ban the movie based on highly risky content which can possibly stir terrorism. Why to provoke terrorists for more damage by inciting their violent streak ?
Can India, Bollywood or Ali Zafar guarantee safety assurances to our audience ?