WION Web Team Pakistan
Feb 05, 2019, 02.42 PM
Bollywood film 'Uri: TheSurgical Strike' has not yet been imported for screening purposes by any importer in Pakistan, confirmed Pakistan’s Chairman Central Censor Board, Danyal Gillani to WION.
'Uri,' talks about the surgical strikes which India claims it did on Pakistan’s territory in September 2016. The much-talked-about film has been making headlines in the Indian cinemas, however, no importer has thought of getting the movie to Pakistan.
On this, the Central Chairman of Pakistan’s Film Censor Board, Danyal Gillani said, “So far no importer has applied for a NoC for the feature film. As per procedure, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting gives NoC to all the foreign feature films followed by Censor Board’s preview for grant of public viewership certificate”.
Sources told WION that once the movie is imported, it goes to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for a NoC and if it manages to get a NoC on the import, then the censor board screens it. After the preview, changes are suggested and made to make it suitable for the audience in Pakistan. The film is then processed for release. In the case of 'Uri', the film has not been imported in Pakistan yet.
In the past, Pakistan has released some Indian movies that have been critical of Pakistan after some editing and omissions as raised by the censor board. Since 2006 to date, Pakistan has barred the screening of 29 Indian movies in Pakistan.
In 2018, Pakistan had banned 6 Bollywood films from being screened in the country after Pakistan's censor board did not approve of the content.