List of films banned in Pakistan

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Pakistan started banning films since 1962, with restrictions tightened in 1979 when Muhammad Zia ul-Haq implemented an Islamization agenda and an even stricter censorship code.[1] A ban on Indian films and media (which was not always strictly enforced) was lifted in 2008, with the compromise that cinemas in Pakistan must equally share screening time between Indian and Pakistani films.[2][3]

List 2018[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2018 Pad Man India Bollywood
2018 Pari India Bollywood
2018 Raazi India Bollywood
2018 Veere Di Wedding India Bollywood
2018 Parmanu India Bollywood

List 2017[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2017 Viceroy's House India Bollywood banned in Pakistan for misrepresenting Mohammad Ali Jinnah (Founder Of Pakistan).
2017 Tubelight India Bollywood
2017 Tiger Zinda Hai India Bollywood
2017 Dangal India Bollywood was banned when Actor-Producer Aamir Khan refused Pakistan Censor Board's demand to remove scenes with the Indian National Flag and Indian National Anthem.[4]
2017 Naam Shabana India Bollywood was banned because it portrays Pakistan in "bad taste".[5]
2017 Jolly LLB 2 India Bollywood was banned because the film has references of Kashmir issue.[6]
2017 Raees India Bollywood was banned due to its "objectionable" content, as "the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (It also) portrays Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists".[7]

List 2016[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2016 Dishoom India Bollywood was banned because the movie talks about an Indian cricketer getting kidnapped before India and Pakistan match and that cause the country to think it is against Pakistan.[8]
2016 Udta Punjab India Bollywood was banned due to use of abusive language.[9]
2016 Shivaay India Bollywood was banned because of India-Pakistan border conflict.[10]
2016 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil India Bollywood was banned because of India-Pakistan border conflict.[11][12]
2016 Neerja India Bollywood was banned by Pakistan for allegedly showing the country in bad light, a fact denied by Sonam Kapoor, who portrays slain flight attendant Neerja Bhanot in the film.[13]
2016 Ambarsariya India Pollywood was banned in Pakistan due to direct references to Indian intelligence agency RAW inside the movie.[14]

List 2015[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2015 Calendar Girls India Bollywood was banned by Pakistan due to objection in one of the dialogue in the film.[15][16]
2015 Phantom India Bollywood was demanded to be banned by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa.[17] Phantom is about 26/11 attacks based on book Mumbai Avengers by Hussain Zaidi.[18] Lahore High Court banned movie on 20 August 2015[19] as federal government wanted petition by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed to be dismissed due to its uselessness and the government doesn't wanted to be involved unnecessarily because no one in Pakistan asked for NOC to screen the film.[20][21] LHC judge Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan asked the government that what it could do to stop the movie CDs from being sold in market after ban.[22]
2015 Baby India Bollywood a Bollywood film starring Akshay Kumar and based on Terrorism in India was banned in Pakistan.[23]
2015 Bangistan India Bollywood a film about two suicide bombers was banned by the Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors.[24]

List 2014[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2014 Children of War India Bollywood was banned for the portrayal of the Genocide in East Pakistan by the Pakistani Army. Bangladesh 1971[25]
2014 Haider India Bollywood was banned as it depicts Kashmir insurgency, a sensitive issue in country.[26]
2014 Noah United States Hollywood was banned due to the portrayal of Prophet Noah by an Actor.[27]

List 2013[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2013 Bhaag Milkha Bhaag India Bollywood a film based on life of athlete Milkha Singh was banned in Pakistan.[28]
2013 Raanjhanaa India Bollywood Banned because the film portrays an image of a Muslim girl (played by Sonam Kapoor) falling in love with a Hindu man and having an affair with him.[29]
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation United States Hollywood Banned due to the film's depiction of Pakistan as an unstable state and the fictional portrayal of a "foreign invasion of Pakistan’s nuclear installations".[30]

List 2012[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2012 Khiladi 786 India Bollywood was renamed as Khiladi for release[31] but promos and ads of the film were banned in Pakistan.[32]
2012 Ek Tha Tiger India Bollywood was banned because ISI agent role was depicted by Katrina Kaif's character.[33]
2012 Agent Vinod India Bollywood was banned as it was against ISI spy agency.[34][35]

List 2011[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2011 The Dirty Picture India Bollywood was banned by authorities.[36] However, it was later cleared for release only a week after the Indian premiere.[37]
2011 Delhi Belly India Bollywood was not allowed to be screened by the censor board.[38]

List 2010[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2010 Lahore India Bollywood was banned as censor board objected to some dialogues and scenes of film.[39]
2010 Tere Bin Laden India Bollywood was banned in Pakistan fearing the title could be misconstrued by Islamist extremists as reason for attack.[40][41]

List 2006[edit]

Date Movie Name Country Film Industry The Reason Banned
2006 The Da Vinci Code United States Hollywood was banned due to protest by the Christian community in Pakistan.[42]

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