It seems like Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has indeed ruffled feathers across the border. After the Bollywood film Phantom‘s trailer was released in Pakistan, the movie’s plot caused an uproar in the country, since it featured an anti-Pakistan narrative. Reacting to the content of the movie, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed filed a petition in Lahore High Court, seeking to ban Phantom from Pakistan.
The ban has irked the cast and crew of Phantom to quite an extent. Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, who plays the protagonist agent who battles Pakistani forces in Phantom, stated earlier that he found it funny how a terrorist like Hafiz Saeed could go to court in Pakistan. Director Kabir Khan has also voiced the same sentiment and said in a new statement that he was ‘amused’ at Hafiz Saeed’s action.
Alleging that political organisations in Pakistan are supporting Hafiz Saeed, this is what the Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Phantom director said:-
“Whenever there is a political backdrop, the film will be banned in the other country. Our topic is not about the ban on the film, but we are amused that a terrorist has gone and filed a petition that we are spreading poison against Pakistan. There has been no reaction like this, then why Hafiz Saeed’s extremist views are being projected louder than a common man,” said Kabir Khan whilst he spoke with reporters.
“Political organisations are supporting Hafiz Saeed or else how the petition of such a terrorist is being heard. Hafeez needs to realize what he has done, and who is he to question or rather go against our films,” added Kabir. Hafiz Saeed had sought a ban on Phantom, when he had filed a petition against the flick in Lahore High Court on 8th August. This is also what the JuD chief had tweeted a couple of days ago:-
Indian propanda films against Pakistan are part of Indian terrorism in Pakistan. We demand immediate ban on all such movies. #BanPhantom
— Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (@HafizSaeedJUD01) August 8, 2015
Kabir Khan was also not sure as to how he would react to the ban in Pakistan.
“I have no idea about course of action because we haven’t got any letter. The proceedings are going on in the Pakistani courts and we are not involved in that. If we get a letter to reply, then we will see the content and then reply,” the filmmaker said.