Malaysia Censorship: Indian Period Drama Banned

Malaysia has banned Indian period drama Padmaavat from theatrical release. The announcement was made by the National Film Censorship Board (LPF).

Local media quoted LPF chairman Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz as saying: “The storyline of the film touches on the sensitivities of Islam. That in itself is a matter of grave concern in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country.”

Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the film depicts sees a Muslim sultan waging war in order to be able to win a beautiful Hindu princess of the Rajput warrior class.

In India, the film was banned for months after protests by Rajputs, but eventually was released on Thursday. India’s censors required a title change and a disclaimer that explained that the film was not based on historical fact.

The distributor in Malaysia is expected to appeal the LPF decision to a separately constituted Film Appeals Committee on Jan 30.

Malaysia also prosecuted filmmaker Lena Hendry, for holding a private screening of a documentary “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka.”

 

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