New Delhi, 1st September: ‘Phantom’ movie running successfully all over India, features a group of Indian operatives hunting down a Hafiz Saeed-like terrorist after the Mumbai attacks, has sparked angry exchanges on social media among Pakistanis who are divided on the movie.
Bollywood movie Phantom, starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, has been banned in Pakistan by the Lahore High Court after a petition was filed by Jamatud Dawa (JUD) chief Hafiz Saeed. Now the actor who portrays Hafiz Saeed, Shahnawaz Pradhan, is being kept underground for security reasons, sources reported.
The entire episode was instigated by Khan’s comment, who expressed a loss of faith in Pakistan when the Pakistani censor board declared his latest film Phantom inappropriate to be screened in the country. Kabir Khan’s Phantom, is based on the novel ‘Mumbai Avengers’ by S Hussain Zaidi.
Veteran Pakistani actor Shaan Shahid, launched an online campaign to ban actor and model Mawra Hocane after she tweeted Phantom was against terrorism. Mawra, who has reportedly signed three Bollywood films and was recently in India for a shoot, tweeted on Saturday: “#phantom is against terrorism. A terrorist can’t belong to any country. A terrorist is a terrorist.”