Updated Feb 07, 2017 05:33pm

Pakistan's Raees ban is NOT going down well with fans

Since the ban was announced, Twitter became a battleground of sorts, some for the ban and some against.
Since the ban was announced, Twitter became a battleground of sorts, some for the ban and some against.

After a week of 'will it? won't it', it's been revealed that Mahira Khan's Raees will not release in Pakistan.

Sources from the censor board told Images that Raees has been banned because "the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, [while also] portraying Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists."

The news neither went down well with Raees fans nor the film's director Rahul Dholakia. Since the ban was announced, Twitter became a battleground of sorts, some for the ban and some against. Here are some of the best reactions.

The first one to lose his cool was Rahul Dholakia:


Ex-censor board member Fakhr-e-Alam unfortunately got all the hate:

All those tags must've hurt right in the feelz.


This explains why one anchor Amir (ahem) Liaquat (ahem) runs scot-free:

Psst. You didn't hear it from us.


This guy was seriously unhappy.


Some were more concerned about Mahira's reaction to the ban.


Our sentiments are quite fragile. Movies must not break them!


Let's not forget this is CBFC'S 'kaisa diya' moment.


A moment of silence for all delusional fans of Shah Rukh Khan.


An Indian woman making Pakistani men go gaga? Unacceptable. Ban her too!


Payback in the afterlife. Someone's gonna get a hurt real bad:


Round up the politicians, we've got quite a few 'tax chors' who need to be banned too:


One Indian is so upset he's asked Mahira to move to India...

Umm, no.


Slow clap for the censor board.


Kitni filmein ban karogay, har ghar sey Raees fan niklay ga!

Clearly we're getting a little carried away with this...

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Mubashir Munir Feb 07, 2017 05:12pm

ban all indian films

Ahmad Feb 07, 2017 05:20pm

Yeah Unfair Ban.

Nurul huda Feb 07, 2017 05:26pm

I think people of Pakistan will surprise after watching Raees that how does they banned on which ground.

Mohammed Feb 07, 2017 05:46pm

I agree with you @nurul huda there's nothing wrong to watch Raees

Ahmad Feb 07, 2017 05:47pm

@Nurul huda I have seen it, And there is nothing Such thing like Anti-Islam or Blah Blah. Don't we have Muslim Criminals in Pakistan? There are LOTS.

Png Feb 07, 2017 06:20pm

@Ahmad also, it's loosely based on a biopic of this gujarati Muslim guy. So that's the reason for the religion of the character raees. Nothing offensive is there.

Ali Feb 07, 2017 06:26pm

We should ban all indian adds also that r taking business out of Pakistan.

Talha Feb 07, 2017 06:41pm

All Indian movies must be banned for an indefinite period. This is not something to joke over or get over emotional about. There is a thing called self respect and as Pakistanis we should have that, especially keeping in view the fact that India sent away our sportsmen and actors. Pakistan is more important than an actor's career and I hope that actors understand that too because they got their identity from Pakistan.

cookie Feb 07, 2017 07:27pm

pathetic justification to ban the film. there was nothing offensive in it.

yaba Feb 07, 2017 10:23pm

No Indians are upset about this---Pak needs to worry about its own state of affairs

Hashim Feb 07, 2017 10:25pm

Bin all Indian films

Hashim Feb 07, 2017 10:27pm

Ya you are right

faizy Feb 07, 2017 11:21pm

Indian movies are a waste of time and money. They should be banned for life

Sudhakar USA Feb 08, 2017 02:11am

@Ahmad : Didnt you guys try that already?.....several times?

Mujahid Feb 08, 2017 02:38am

Excellent step to ban the movie... All Indian movies should be banned.....

Akil Akhtar Feb 08, 2017 04:30am

its going down very well with most people apart from some who think they are global citizens and have no sense of faithfulness to the country .

Akil Akhtar Feb 08, 2017 04:30am

How many articles will be written about an average movie from Bollywood...?

JUSTICE Feb 08, 2017 08:49am

I watched this movie online, it's very boring, don't waste your time and money.

B.Patel. USA Feb 08, 2017 10:08am

Rahul Dholkia the director of the movie is pretty mad for obvious reason of not making money. Like it or not it is the decision of Pakistan.

Mango man Feb 08, 2017 10:36am

"Clearly we're getting a little carried away with this..."

That says it all.... peace out.

Brahmdagh Feb 08, 2017 11:12am

Great move! They should ban all those ads as well

Vinod Narang Feb 08, 2017 07:10pm

@faizy by the way Raees did Rupees 109 crores in one week in india. I guess Pakistan does not want Mahira to become top paying actress .

Maverick Feb 08, 2017 11:59pm

Thank God Iraq didnt ban Raees. Watched it with family on first friday :D Pakistani censor board is no less than the a joker .Either all indian movies should be banned for good (if patriotism requires thay) or at least they should stop giving such pathetic excuses and reasons behind the ban..those who have problem with a Shiya Muslim running a liquor business or involvement of Indian Muslims in terrorism should watch Rahul Dholakia's other film Parzania.its available on Youtube. He depicted hindu terrorism in Gujrat very bluntly. He is no Muslim Hater..and not even once I felt animosity or hostility towards Muslims while watching Raees..

ataur Feb 11, 2017 02:17am

when cpec is finished then we can release this movie

Kila Feb 11, 2017 01:18pm

@ataur go ahead as you've done anyhow. but expect more of yours.