Na Maloom Afraad 2 Ban Lifted Two Days Later
Director Nabeel Qureshi feels such moves will harm the industry
Na Maloom Afraad 2 (NMA 2) began screening again in cinemas across Punjab on October 7, 2017, only two days after it was banned. The movie was reviewed again by the Punjab Censor Board and nothing objectionable was found.
The ban initially imposed by the Punjab Censor Board cited the reason “persistent complaints from different quarters due to objectionable scenes and content.” The ban came after a screening time of nearly a month.
“This is a really strange move by the Punjab Censor Board” said Nabeel Qureshi, the director of NMA2. “We had already received clearance by the censor board and the film released in September with no issues.”
A similar kind of banning and clearance of movies has occurred before with the film Maalik in April 2016 on the basis of “bias and inciting violence.”
This method of raising issues with films doesn’t bode well, especially for an industry that produces a few films a year.
“Only 2-3 films get made in Pakistan every year that actually benefit the film industry. If you start banning those films where will that leave us?” the director Nabeel Qureshi added.
The film was doing pretty well according to the producer, and had been screening for over a month without any complaints or objections, until the Punjab Censor Board caught everyone by surprise. According to the producer, the film had generated above a hundred million rupees by this time.
“It’s surprising because the notification issued mentioned complaints but if the film is doing well, it means the public has accepted it and there are no complaints,” said producer Fizza Ali Meerza during a press conference.
A sequel to 2014’s Na Maloom Afraad, NMA 2 stars renowned actors like Fahad Mustafa, Javed Sheikh and Mohsin Abbas. It revolves around the story whereby the trio indulge in frivolities, consisting of quick-buck schemes and an Arab Prince with his golden toilet in Cape Town.