Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai has been refused the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for import by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.
The prequel of Tiger Zinda Hai, Ek Tha Tiger too had not released in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censor (CBFC) Chairman, Mobasher Hasan told The Express Tribune: “‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has been refused the NOC, citing the same reason as the first instalment of the franchise.The image of Pakistan and its law enforcement agencies has been compromised.”
Sulaiman S. Lalani, Executive Director, Geo TV Network, said:
“Our preferred option was that ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ should have been allowed for import, presented to censor board, and if any objectionable material was found against the interests of Pakistan/ Islam, exhibition of the film shouldn’t have been allowed then. In fact, if there was anything against the national interests of Pakistan in the film, we ourselves wouldn’t have sought the exhibition but this could have been done only after preview of the film.”
But Salman’s fans in Pakistan are showing a keen interest in the movie.
To this Lalani said:
“Pakistan loves Salman Khan. ‘Sultan’ was a mega blockbuster and minted approximately $3 million at the box office in Pakistan. His ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ was also loved by fans here.”