Pakistanis condemn ban on Bollywood blockbuster Raees


Pakistan’s ban on Bollywood thriller Raees sparked a social media backlash on Wednesday (8), after the film featuring Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan was denounced for portraying Muslims as “terrorists”. The government decision to bar the 2017 action film came after Pakistani cinemas lifted their own ban on Indian films. Bollywood movies and Khan, in particular, are immensely popular in Pakistan and the film also stars a leading Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan. But the industry has become a political battleground amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed states in the disputed Kashmir region. The film “portrays Muslims as terrorists and violent…

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