Islamabad: Akshay Kumar starrer Baby, about an Indian spy mission to catch a dreaded terrorist, will not be shown in Pakistan as the censor board of the country refused to allow it screening.
A popular daily reported the censor boards in Islamabad and Karachi decided to ban the film because it portrays a negative image of Muslims and the negative characters in the film also have Muslim names.
All CDs and DVDs of the film have also been banned in Islamabad. A representative of the filmâ€™s distributor, Everready Pictures, said that the film has been banned in Pakistan.
Although the film was set to release on January 23 across Pakistan, cinemas in Karachi had removed it from their websites leading to speculations about its imminent screening.
The film stars famed Pakistani TV actor Mikaal Zulfiqar as well as Rasheed Naz, who played the villainous cleric in Shoaib Mansoorâ€™s Khuda Ke Liye.
Earlier, director Neeray Pandey was quoted as saying that the film was not â€œanti-Pakistanâ€.
The board routinely bans films deemed to have â€œanti-Pakistanâ€ themes. In the past, the local censor board banned Ek Tha Tiger that featured an Inter-Services Intelligence agent.