A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court on Thursday, challenging the ban imposed by the federal government on Pakistani political-thriller film ‘Maalik’.
The plaintiff states that the movie does not spread any kind of ‘anarchy’ and the government has no right to ban the film.
Earlier on Wednesday, The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage banned the viewing of film in cinemas across the country, declaring it “uncertified” according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.
The film released on April 18 managed to attract large audiences towards cinema houses but the censor board cancelled its license on Wednesday after it was prohibited from being viewed in cinemas.
Local cinemas also cancelled the movie’s shows with immediate effect and began refunding the tickets.
Film director Ashir Azeem reacted on Twitter saying, “The problem is with the feudal who cannot accept ke “Main Pakistan ka Shehri Pakistan ka Maalik hun”.
The film is based on a man of Pakistan’s Elite Special Forces whose life gets entangled with politics. They soon realize that serving the nation is more complicated than simple following of orders, according to IMDB.
The movie generated a large number of public complaints regarding the portrayal of different ethnicities in general and the country‘s politicians, in particular.