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Pad Man banned in Pakistan for 'taboo' subject, women on Twitter erupt

The Federal Censor Board of Pakistan banned the Akshay Kumar starrer for depicting a story 'against its culture and traditions' 

Our Correspondent

R Balki's Pad Man is receiving praise for breaking cultural barriers and speaking on the subject of female hygiene, but it seems the idea is not as acceptable across the border. The film has been banned by the Federal Censor Board (FCB) in Pakistan for its depiction and handling of the subject of menstruation.

The Punjab Censor Board too has refused to clear the film as its members are hesitant to watch the film for its content.

In a report by Indian Express, a daily, FCB member Ishaq Ahmed was quoted saying, "We can’t allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture." 

Another member was quoted saying, "We can’t allow the screening of films on taboo subjects in our cinemas as it is not in our culture, society or even religion." 

The film, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, whose innovative creation of economical and hygienic sanitary pads helped educate women in rural India about the necessity of hygiene during menstruation. 

The 'ban' by the censor board, while praised by the conservative segments of Pakistan, has not gone down well with women. Several of them took to the social media to talk about the issue. 

Pad Man released in theatres across India on 9 February.