Distributor, filmmakers told to make cuts

MUMBAI — Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors has banned British-Pakistani helmer Hammad Khan’s “Slackistan.”

The board told distrib Mara Pictures, which also released the pic in the U.K., and the filmmakers that they must agree to a number of cuts in order to reverse the ban.

The CBFC requires that all dialogue references to the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, mentions of Islamic beards and attire, swearing and the term “lesbian” be removed. If these cuts are made, the film will be passed with an adults only 18+ rating.

Pic looks at a group of idle rich youth who while their lives away in Pakistan’s sleepy capital Islamabad.

Khan said: “The censor board’s verdict is oppressive, arbitrary and steeped in denial about life outside their government offices. Maybe the establishment’s view is that young Pakistanis saying words like Taliban and lesbian represent a more potent threat than the bullets and bombs that are, day by day, finding increasing legitimacy in the country.”

Last year, the CBFC banned Indian Osama spoof “Tere Bin Laden,” starring Pakistani pop star Ali Zafar.

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