Needless to say, it shocked both the director and the actor when they realized that their film was banned just by a petition of a wanted terrorist and, not by the censor board. What’s more Hafiz Saeed said that the film is set against him and his country Pakistan. However, by dragging Pakistan’s name, Saeed in a way tried to become the face of Pakistan.
Next, terming the decision of the Pak court completely ‘bizarre’, actor Saif Ali Khan maintained that their film Phantom is not anti-Pakistan, anti-Muslim or anti-anybody but anti-terrorism and against the masterminds of 26/11.
Further, owing to some Controversial statements by Saif Ali Khan during the press release of Kabir Khan’ “Phantom” , the censor board of Pakistan then decided to ban Saif Ali Khan’s film forever.
Here are the anti-Pakistan comments that Saif Ali Khan made in a press event when he was asked about the ban of Phantom in Pakistan:
‘I Have No Faith in Pakistan’ – Saif Ali Khan
“I don’t have faith in Pakistan, generally. Neither do I understand what their thought processes are. I have no problems against Pakistan and I won’t make a film that’s against the country. But now they have banned the film. We have always shared a very complicated relationship. If you tell uncomfortable truths, films gets banned. We keep banning each other’s films.”
‘I would still choose my country over any relative’ – Saif Ali Khan
“It’s a complicated situation. The two countries are opposed to each other. Even during our childhood days, when my cousin and I used to play games, it was a difficult situation for us as either I had to kill him, or he had to kill me to win the battle. “Even back then, we were somewhere aware of the fact that we belong to enemy countries. Everything said and done, I think I would still choose my country over any relative. I would be against anyone who is against my country,” said Saif Ali Khan.
Pakistan Bans a Film If They Feel Uncomfortable
“If you try making a film which portrays a certain element of truth, something that makes Pakistan a little bit uncomfortable, they will ban it. They did that with many of my films, so I have faced it already. But that doesn’t necessarily dictate what kind of movies we should make. If that did, we would end up making only films like Race.”
We have seen Hafiz Saeed’s hate speeches
“Everyone is entitled to a defence. But we have seen his (Hafiz Saeed) hate speeches. He hates us. And people like Ajmal Kasab are a result of it. They are sent to India to harbour terrorist organisations. But at the same time, we know he doesn’t represent the people of Pakistan. There is a part of their country which wants to promote culture and maintain good relations,”
Most of The People are Peace Loving
“I am sure, there must be areas. I think the world has sections of people who are extremists. There must be people who say Pakistan is the villain or someone who says some other religion is bad. But I think the majority of the population is peace-loving, be it in India or Pakistan. The enormous The enormous success of Bajrangi Bhaijaan shows that most people would like a Utopian situation,” Saif Ali Khan said.
Nobody Likes Bashing Pakistan
“I didn’t know anything about Hafiz Saeed till Kabir introduced me to him. And it was appalling to hear about the brutalities he had inflicted on innocent people. Despite this, I don’t think we would ever treat the subject in a jingoistic or sensational way. No one is interested in bashing Pakistan.”
Everyone knows who is the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks
“Phantom is a mix of fact and fiction. Everyone knows who is the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks. The way Kasab was sent to Mumbai to open fire at innocent people at the railway station and hotels, similarly in the film, we dabble with the idea of sending a guy from India to kill the person behind the bomb blasts. That is where the fantasy lies. It is an unbiased film. Most of the people involved in making the film are Indian Muslims. Our position is very clear that we are Indians first,” said Saif Ali Khan.