Contrary to recent rumours R Balki’s recent relese ‘PadMan’ (2018) has not yet been given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) in Pakistan.
With the film based on the real life of social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who set out out discover cheaper sanitary pads for women’s menstrual hygiene, it has been classed as rather a taboo subject. However as Pakistan censor board chief Mobashir Hasan addresses, the film has yet to be viewed before a decision can be made. Taking to social media platform Twitter, the chief expressed, “The decision to issue an NOC by the Ministry of Information Broadcasting National History and Literary Heritage is yet to be taken on the release of a foreign feature film ‘Padman’ as the film has not yet been pre-viewed by the … Censors.”
“The decision to grant NOC to the subject film will be based on the merit and criteria of the … Censors, not vexatious, false and irresponsible political motives being created on various media platforms on the back of the film,” he went on to add.
Hasan further explained, “It is advisable to maintain principles of integrity whilst making statements on any issues… Good values are the foundation upon which we will build a prosperous Pakistan, not upon a decision of releasing a solitary film.”
Already gaining huge applause, ‘PadMan’ stars Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.