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Pakistan’s Punjab halts screening of ‘objectionable’ Barbie film

Islamabad, Jul 22 (EFE).- Authorities in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, halted screenings of the film “Barbie” in cinemas across its territory over “objectionable content,” sending it for a review under a censorship board committee, an official said Saturday.

Apart from Punjab, the film is being screened in Sindh province and in the capital Islamabad after their respective censor boards cleared it.

“It is not banned actually, it has been sent for review to a committee after that it will be either banned or shown in cinemas with some censors,” Farrukh Mahmood, secretary of the Punjab Film Censor Board told EFE on Saturday.

While Mahmood said he had not seen the film and “does not know about the objectionable content”, he insisted that “there is some objectionable content in it.”

He said that there will be a full review of the film and it will be censored where deemed necessary.

In November last year, Pakistan banned LGBTQ+ film “Joyland” for being “clearly repugnant to the norms of decency and morality” in the country.

Joyland shows a story of a married man who falls in love with a transgender dancer.

The ban was later lifted after the central government ordered a review, but it remained in effect in Punjab.

“Barbie”, the highly-anticipated Hollywood fantasy comedy film, has taken the entertainment world by storm since its release on July 21.

The film, directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Margot Robbie as the famous Barbie doll and Ryan Gosling as her boyfriend Ken. EFE

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