As reports began doing the rounds that Pad Man will not be released in Pakistan, citizens of the country took to Twitter to express their disappointment.The Federal Censor Board and the Punjab Film Censor Board have refused to certify the Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte-starrer, saying that it is based on a "taboo subject".
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However, the fate of the R Balki-directed film in Pakistan is not sealed yet. The Pakistan government, through its official Twitter handle, announced that the film is yet to be viewed by the Central Board of Film Censors, who will decide whether the film will see the light of day in the country.
Akshay Kumar had anticipated that Pad Man, which marks Twinkle Khanna's foray into production, might not find acceptance with everyone. "Nobody wants to talk about it. They think it's a taboo thing. They think unki izzat kam ho jayegi if they even speak about it. It's high time that we brought it in front of everyone," he told India Today Television in an interview.The actor added that his motive for making the film was not commercial. "I'm making this film, knowing that lot of people would resist it and would not want to go and see it, or allow their family to watch it. But I still would dare to make the film, and one day, I know that they will be quietly watching it and they will understand that this film is very essential for their family, and for the hygiene and happiness of their family," Akshay said.