Directed by R Balki and produced by Twinkle Khanna, "PadMan" is based on the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, inventor of low-priced sanitary napkins for women in rural areas. The reason for stonewalling the movie, as cited, is "taboo", exactly what the movie intends to break. For the rejection, the board members offered a clarification that 'we can not compel our (Pakistan) distributors to buy a film that's against our traditions and culture'. Otherwise, it will be hard for the movie to break even.
The Express Tribune has described the decision as "shocking". According to its report, local film producers are also of the same opinion. They refused to have anything to do with it, arguing that such films threaten Islamic culture and history.
Pad Man suffering for Padmaavat in Pakistan? "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", he said.
The members of Punjab Film Censor Board refused to watch the film saying it was based on a "taboo subject". What stupid people sitting at Censor Board!
The film's director, R Balki, was furious at the ban.
Balki believes that the decision to not release Pad Man has nothing to do with politics. Tere Bin Laden (2010), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), Agent Vinod (2012), Phantom (2015), Naam Shabana (2017) were banned in Pakistan for the same reasons. He concludes, "I urge the Pakistani censor board to view the film". His Baby (2015) was banned as the negative characters were given Muslim names.