Saif Ali Khan has said it is a shame that Pakistan's Censor board has
banned the release of Agent Vinod in that country. The Bollywood film has
been banned in Pakistan as the movie contains references to the ISI that
could hurt the sentiments of Pakistani people.
"It is a shame
that the movie is banned, with no offence to anyone, as the idea is to
have open films between the two countries. I was proud that this film was
to release there," Saif said at an event here today.
"In fact the
heroine in our film is a Pakistani girl. We were hoping that they would
appreciate that," he added.
The 41-year-old actor, who plays a
RAW agent in the film with girlfriend Kareena Kapoor in the female lead,
said that Agent Vinod has drawn references from the real-life tension
between Pakistan and India.
"This is a realistic kind of a
thriller. We have shown that there are some negative elements in Pakistan
towards India and their Censor have a problem showing that.
have shown a few most-wanted criminals, those that are harboured in
Pakistan, which is a known fact. May be they have taken offence to that.
But ultimately we want a RAW agent to win and baddies to lose.
they are uncomfortable with that then they should publicise that fact that
they are banning Agent Vinod in Pakistan," said Saif.
also said that the ban in Pakistan will also lead to increase in its
"Pakistan forms a large portion of our audience. The
minute you put a censorship or ban, people will make sure they watch it.
And we want them to see the film. In fact we wanted them to see the mujra
performed by Kareena.
"It is a shame that they could not see the
film in the best way possible. But we tried our best," said Saif.
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