Saif Ali Khan’s much awaited spy thriller Agent Vinod has reportedly been denied a clearance by the Pakistani censor board and the film may not release in Pakistan this Friday.
Agent Vinod, which stars Saif Ali Khan as the agent of the Indian intelligence services RAW, has several references to Pakistani army and Pak’s intelligence agency ISI. Those references have apparently not gone down well with the country’s censor board.
According to an online update by Atrium Cinemas, a popular multiplex chain in Pakistan, Agent Vinod won’t release this Friday because it has apparently been banned by the censor board of Pakistan. However, we must point out here that there is yet no official confirmation of it yet from either Saif Ali Khan or from any member of the Pakistani censor board.
A good part of Agent Vinod is set in Pakistan. It has Gulshan Grover playing a character named Tehmur Pasha who is an international criminal hiding under state protection in Karachi. A part of the film also shows Saif in the uniform of Pak army.
Indian films form a major part of the revenue of cinema theatres in Pakistan. Almost all of major Hindi releases are simultaneously released in Pakistan, but a few films (like Tere Bin Laden) were banned in Pak. Even The Dirty Picture did not release in Pak on time because of the film’s explicit content.