On the other end, there are films which collect smaller amounts on the opening day but becomes hits as a result of "word of mouth" publicity campaigns.
While the entire nation is praising the makers for film's fascinating storyline, hard-hitting social message and quirky dialogues, Pakistan have outrightly refused to issue a clearance certificate to PadMan due to its "taboo subject" without even watching it.
"We can't allow our film distributors to import films which are against our traditions and culture", FCB member Ishaq Ahmed said. According to the members, the film deals with "taboo" subjects such as menstruation and, thus, can not be allowed to screen in Pakistan.
"When I did "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha", people asked me if I was stressed over it, thinking if people would come to watch a film on such a topic, but people watched and liked the movie". The film's release was strongly boycotted by many fringe outfits, the most significant one being the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, who claimed that the film insulted the Rajput queen.
On the request of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Akshay Kumar agreed to change the release date of the social drama as Padmaavat already stuck between the controversies. The film was released in India and worldwide on February.
According to sources, earlier, a Pakistani film distribution company, IMGC, was planning to purchase the film but the censor board had advised them otherwise. However, another distribution company has bought the film distribution rights on the condition that it would process payments if the movie gets approval from censor board for release.
However, the film which centres around menstruation and hygiene has been banned from being released in Pakistan. After being denied screening, posters of Padman were removed from cinemas.
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