​8 Indian films banned in Pakistan  

Arshi Khanam

Controversial themes  

Pakistani and Indian cinema each have their own cultural and aesthetic significance. But some Bollywood films have ignited sparks of political or religious conflict. Here are some Indian films banned in Pakistan. 

1. Veere Di Wedding   

This buddy comedy film stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor. It narrates a tale of friendship and modern relationships. A sharp take on taboo topics like sexual desires and provocative language led to its ban.   

2. Raazi   

Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal’s Raazi stirred controversy with its edgy narrative, themes of secret spying, patriotism, and political conflicts between India and Pakistan.   

3. Pad Man  

This biographical film, featuring Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte, explores the taboo subject of menstruation. Its blunt portrayal of menstrual hygiene and health concerns didn’t sit well with the Pak audience. 

4. Ek Tha Tiger  

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s espionage thriller depicts the cross-cultural love story between a RAW agent and an ISI agent, and was banned in Pakistan despite its magnificent success in India.  

5. Neerja   

This gripping biographical movie, starring Sonam Kapoor in titular roles, traces a flight attendant's brave journey. Certain anti-nationalism elements restricted its access in the country.   

6. Gadar: Ek Prem Katha  

Both part 1 and 2 of the blockbuster film Gadar were banned in Pakistan as they revolve around the sensitive topic of partition and religious conflicts with controversial dialogues.  

7. Dangal   

Aamir Khan’s highly acclaimed film Dangal was not released in Pakistan due to the Pak censor board’s decision to remove two scenes containing the Indian flag and national anthem.   

8. Haider   

Starring Shahid Kapoor, Tabu in lead roles, the movie delves into grim themes of Kashmir insurgency and communal hatred that led to its ban in Pak.