Pak Diplomats Threaten Ban on Malala Biopic

RBN Web Desk: Pakistani diplomats have reportedly threatened to ban Gul Makai, the biopic on education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, after the screening of the film before a select audience in the UN recently. The film is directed by Amjad Khan.

Pakistani diplomats in the audience, according to sources, felt that the film has portrayed their country in a poor light. They met the director after the screening to inform him that the film would be banned in their country.

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Sources revealed that the audience comprised diplomats and special invitees from various UN member countries. The film received a standing ovation.

Khan later told the media that it will be difficult to officially ban the film in Pakistan since Malala is a global icon and Islamabad would have to bow down to international pressure. However, the Pak government may coerce distributors to not release the film, he added.

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Earlier, actor-director Nadita Das’ film Manto, the biopic on Pakistani author and playwright Saadat Hasan Manto, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title role, was not allowed to be released in Pakistan.

The Malala biopic has Indian television actress Reem Shaikh in the title role. Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta, Mukesh Rishi, Arif Zakaria, and late actor Om Puri play other major roles in the film.

Gul Makai is slated for an international release soon.

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