Rohit Dhawan’s newest film Dishoom is having a good run in India where it released yesterday; but right across the border in a country where the film was reported to have been equally anticipated, the John AbrahamVarun Dhawan starrer has been banned.


According to reports earlier, Pakistan’s censor board was not happy with the content of the film and contended that it projected the country in a poor light. The film follows the two male lead characters on their quest to find an Indian cricketer named Viraj Sharma (played by Saqib Saleem), who mysteriously disappears just a few days before a crucial match between India and Pakistan is to take place. The International foul play is suspected as Sharma is known to be the top batsman on the country’s team. But this storyline has become a cause of concern for Pakistan, and censor officials have decided to ban the film altogether in the country.

Actor Varun Dhawan who plays sleuth Junaid Ansari in the film is visibly upset with the news and has written on Twitter about the decision: “Really upset that Dishoom is banned in Pakistan. I don’t think the film eventually shows any country in a bad light. It’s a wrong decision.”

Varun further clarified that the film does not intend to malign any country’s reputation, or address any religious issues for that matter. “What we are trying to show is that for certain people money is their religion. It’s not being an Indian, Pakistani, Hindu, Muslim or Christian. In the capitalistic world that we live in, money is the biggest driving force for most crimes,” the actor insisted.

A large part of the film features Middle Eastern landscapes which serve as the site of the crime. It is there that John Abraham and Varun Dhawan’s characters begin their quest for the kidnapped cricketer.

Incidentally, some reports state that the films have also faced censor troubles in some of the Gulf states due to inappropriate representation.

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