Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ has been suspended through the Pakistan censor board. Though there’s no official announcement in the board, but Pakistani distributor Atif Rashid told TOI, “I was just told the film cannot be released in Pakistan and there will be further discussion on it.” Ek Tha Tiger ended up being to release with 35 prints in Pakistan on Eid.
Filmmaker Kabir Khan stated, “It is sad a film that promotes peace and friendship between countries has fallen victim to politics.” Trade commentators feel Ek Tha Tiger had potential to do a company of Rs 10 cr. Khan stated, “It is not about the money loss but a film with good intention failed to release in Pakistan though places like Dubai and London which has a mixed population of Indians and Pakistanis have reacted positively to the film.”
Nearly six films within the last 5 years happen to be banned in Pakistan. The final film to become banned in Pakistan was Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Agent Vinod’ that also had mentions of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI. A Pakistani filmmaker stated, “Any Indian film with mention of ISI will not get a release in Pakistan so filmmakers need to keep that in mind if they want to help that territory grow.”