Sarbjitgot released on May 20, 2016, and has since been receiving raved reviews. It’s been a week but, the film is yet to find a distributor in the Pakistan. According to sources, the box office potential is the country is pretty small, due to its non-commercial subject, and anti-Pakistan content.
Pakistan’sCentral Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Chairman, Mobashir Hasan has informed that as of now, no major distribution company has approached them to even review the content of the film. He further added, “In Pakistan, the system is a distribution company first approaches the information ministry for importing and releasing an Indian film the ministry than asks the censor board to review the content of the movie.”
Typically, once the CBFC gives clearance certificate to a movie, as well as feedback to the information ministry only then it asks the Ministry of Commerce to clear the film for import or not. As for Sarabjit, no attempt has been made by a distributor to seek clearance for its release in the country, which is probably because of the storyline. According to insiders, the movie is already viewed as anti-Pakistan by most of the country so it’ll be useless trying to release the film in the country. “No one wants to get their investment stuck or go to waste which usually happens if a movie is stuck with the Censor Board or it flops at the box office,” a distributor informed.
The film begins with Randeep Hooda and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, and the story revolves around the ordeal of an Indian named Sarabjit Singh, who was captured and deemed as a spy in Pakistan. He was unfairly imprisoned and later died in jail on May 2, 2013.