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Banned in Pakistan, film Maalik aims for international release

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KARACHI: Actor-cum-director Ashir Azeem’s controversial film Maalik could be banned in Pakistan but the maker is confident and positive that its global release would be big.

Film Maalik currently faces a ban in Pakistan. However, its makers have now announced that the film would be screened in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, the United States (US), Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), and Australia very soon.

Maalik’s team shared the latest news recently on their official social media page.

Drama serial ‘Dhuwwan’ famed Ashir Azeem’s debut Pakistani film was released across the country in April earlier this year.

From day one, the film had been surrounded by issues owing to its highly sensitive subject that encourages the public to fight against corruption.

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Initially, the Sindh government had reservations about the use of few words in the film.

Only after three weeks of screening, the federal government had banned the film across Pakistan through a notification that did not even mention the reasons for the ban after withdrawing its censor certificate

When Azeem had managed to get a clearance certificate, why the film was banned raised several unanswered questions.


 

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Many people had believed that the government failed to furnish strong arguments on the film’s ban, and the censor board cited viewers’ bad reactions after watching the film that triggered its ban.

Terming the ban absolutely unwarranted, Azeem had also challenged the decision in the court for which the decision was pending with the courts.

While Pakistan waits for film Maalik to hit the cinemas again, film lovers in Gulf countries, the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia can enjoy the film.

Watch the trailer of the film here:

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