Padmaavat’ row: Malaysia becomes the first country to ban the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial


Indian Spokesman Correspondent

MALAYSIA; The ban game in India for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ might have stopped, but it seems to have kick-started in other countries screening the film. Malaysia reportedly became the first country to ban the screening of ‘Padmaavat’ citing communal uneasiness, reported Times of India newspaper in India.

Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country, has banned the film over concerns regarding ‘sensitivities of Islam’. Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board (LPF) put the movie in its ‘not approved’ list and signed its age rating section as ‘not relevant’.

According to reports published in Times of India, a movie producer familiar with LPF’s ratings told a leading Malaysian news portal that ‘not relevant’ remark signifies banned movies which are likely to incite communal uneasiness and hatred. Unlike in India, Malaysia’s censor board has the ultimate power in terms of allowing or disallowing a film from screening. Their verdict cannot be questioned or upheld by any court of law.

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