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'Khiladi 786' posters banned by Pakistan Censor Board

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Akshay Kumar

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Advertisements for Khiladi 786 have reportedly been banned in Pakistan following concerns that the film's title might offend Muslims.

The number '786' is of important religious significance to Muslims. To avoid offending religious sensibilities, the Pakistan Censor Board has prohibited cinema halls and distributors from releasing the movie's trailers and ordered that billboards for the film be removed, PTI reports.

Chairman of The Pakistan Censor Board Raja Mustafa Haider said: "The appearance of banners for the film in Rawalpindi and other areas was brought to my notice and I asked the City District Government Rawalpindi to remove all of them."

Haider explained that the film, starring Akshay Kumar, has not been cleared for screening in Pakistan as yet.

"We will decide it when the movie comes to us, before screening in the cinema houses," he said.

Kumar recently said that he would like to work on an Indo-Pakistani co-production. Taking part in a live video conference with fans in Lahore for the promotion of Khiladi 786, the actor said that Pakistan was an important audience for Indian films

While Pakistan ended a four-decade ban on the screening of Indian movies in 2006, strict censorship regulations have resulted in several Bollywood films being banned in Pakistan, including Agent Vinod.

Khiladi 786 is scheduled for release on December 7.

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