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Updated: July 11, 2012 03:51 IST

'Tiger' touches a raw nerve in Pakistan

Anita Joshua
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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a promotional picture for Ek Tha Tiger.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a promotional picture for Ek Tha Tiger.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has asked television networks to refrain from promoting the Salman Khan-starrer Ek Tha Tiger till it is cleared by the Central Board of Film Censors.

The reason cited by Pemra for such a directive is the negative reference to the ISI. The statement issued by the Sindh Chapter of Pemra said the film depicted activities of the intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan and the objective was to tarnish the image of the state institution.

However, from the order it is clear that the final decision on the fate of the film will be taken by the Censor Board which is yet to see this latest offering from Yash Raj Films due for worldwide release mid-August.

According to IMGC Global Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd. — the distributors of the film — the problem arose because of a teaser trailer that has been in circulation on the Internet. There is a reference in it to ISI and RAW, stating that their clandestine activities were responsible for the tense bilateral relationship.

The distributors plan to approach the Censor Board this week with the new theatrical trailer of the film in which there is no direct reference to either agency. “This film is a big one for us and we were planning to release it on at least 35 screens of the country. Salman Khan pulls the crowd and we are hopeful that the Censor Board will clear the film that could rake in Rs.10 crore here,” an IMGC spokesman told The Hindu.

Earlier this year, the Censor Board had banned the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Agent Vinod; again the reason was uncharitable references to the ISI. That ban was ordered just days before the film’s release as a result of which many theatres had to reschedule their screenings.

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To Mr. R.N.Iyegar (not sure if its a real name, with )
Could you please explain how RAW is responsible for fueling the divide ?
..and the fact that China is not doing their homework for a possible war
with India in future.

from:  Vignesh
Posted on: Jul 12, 2012 at 02:38 IST

Pak thinks that drama like this would sweep the blemish on ISI..

from:  sid
Posted on: Jul 12, 2012 at 01:13 IST

The ISI and RAW are two sides of a coin. When they are sincere in
destroying the nation of each other they may be also sincere in
helping the big monsters like China, Israel and USA playing the role
of double agent with huge sum of dollars in their pockets.

The ISI actively train the separatist movement in India and the RAW
doing the same in training the Tamil Tigers and the terrorist of NWFP
in Pakistan.

Both countries needs another fifty years to think of looking their own
faces at mirror.

from:  khaleelullah
Posted on: Jul 11, 2012 at 20:25 IST

That RAW and ISI are collectively responsible for fuelling the divide that resulted from the years building up to the partition and beyond is evident from referencing historical public domain documents and news articles from reputed dailies across time.

Needless to say, both ISI and RAW constantly face pressures of infiltration not only from each other but also from other western and vested interests whose very survival depend on the war machines procurement in both nations.

Also suspect is the timing of the alleged RAW intellegence reports quoted by the electronic news media indicating a Chinese build up to war with India at a time when both China and India are cooperating at the highest level against Western economic imperialism through the GATT, World Bank and IMF machinery.

A systmatic attempt to break the BRICS who had the audacity to question the world super powers over the hold they maintain over the world economy - is evident.

from:  r n iyegar
Posted on: Jul 11, 2012 at 03:51 IST

The film will be cleared with some money, apologies and slight change in
dialog and some scene. End result some people rich, another Indian movie
in Pakistan and Indian govt.(Indian Intelligence Agency) looking stupid.
As the story will be changed to suit the new audience.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jul 11, 2012 at 03:15 IST
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