LAHORE-Urdu feature film Maalik that highlights the rotten political system in Pakistan and glorifies the role of armed forces personnel was yesterday banned across the country through a notification issued by Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and National heritage (Information and Broadcasting Division).
The Federal Information Ministry exercising power conferred by section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance 1979 banned the movie screening in all the cinemas of the Pakistan.
The notification stated “The federal government is pleased to declare Urdu feature film ‘Maalik’ in respect of which a Censor Certificate No.
54/M-1/2016 has earlier been granted as uncertified film in the whole of Pakistan with immediate effect.
Maalik highlights the current scenario in the country wherein kidnapping for ransom, terrorist activities and corruption in the ruling circles.
It was released on April 8.
The movie attracted huge crowd of movie-goers and received positive reviews from the movie lovers.
The notification copy was also sent to chief secretaries of all the provinces including Gilgit Baltistan and to the Chief Secretary of Azad Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
The copy is also sent to the Chairman Central Board of Film Censors.
Prior to this notification issued by the federal government, Sindh government issued notification to ban the movie screening in provincial cinema houses but after much abuzz on the local and social media the ban was taken aback hours later by the Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC).
Maalik is directed by Ashir Azeem and Sami Rehman while produced by Ashir Azeem and his wife Bushra Ashir Azeem.
The film featured Ashir Azeem ,Farhan Ally Agha, Sajid Hassan, Ehteshamuddin, Hassan Niazi, Tipu, Rashid Farooqi Tatmain ul Qalb.
The cinematography of the film has been done by Imran Ali and the film is edited by Salman.
The film is supported by Inter-Services Public Relations.
Ashir Azeem Gill tweeted “Maalik film banned again but this time by the federal government.
” Ashir Azeem got fame from the TV drama serial Dhuhan in 1994, which was also about army and police.
The film’s character of chief minister of a province called ‘Sain’ led to a controversy which later turned to ‘political alliance’ to ban the movie first in Sindh and later across the country.
The storyline of the Maalik is about the common Pakistani who had always been sidelined and marginalized despite being honest with the country.
Maalik’s tagline is “I am the citizen of Pakistan and I am the owner of this country”.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf spokesman Naeemul Haq said PML-N led government was hiding the voice against corruption and said PTI wants immediate lift of ban on the movie which nourishes people minds against the corruption.