‘Pari’ banned in Pakistan for promoting “anti-Muslim” sentiments


Anushka Sharma’s supernatural thriller film ‘Pari’ releases today and has been gathering a great response from the audience and the critics alike. However, recent reports say that ‘Pari’ has been banned from release in Pakistan since it propagates non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments.

A recent report suggests that the film has been banned in Pakistan as it “promotes black magic, some non-Islamic values and anti-Muslim sentiments.” The censor board of Pakistan also banned ‘Pari’ citing that it has objectionable scenes where verses from the Quran have been used, reports DNA India.

A source close to the Pakistan censor board said, “The film not only mixed Quranic verses with Hindu chants, but also portrayed Muslims in a negative light as they were shown using Quranic verses to do black magic.”

The Board further added that ‘Pari approves of the practice of black magic which is un-Islamic. The Express Tribune quoted a senior member as saying, “Pari’s script, dialogues and story-line go against our Islamic values. The concepts within Islam have different ideologies about magic. This film stimulates the viewers in favour of black magic and promotes thoughts that are contradictory to our religion.”

‘Pari’ marks the third film of Sharma’s home production and has been directed by Prosit Roy. The film also stars Bengali actors Parambrata Chatterjee and Ritabhari Chakraborty.

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