The Fashion director tweeted:
We are told #CalendarGirls is facing problems for a release in Pakistan because of a dialogue the local distributors saw in the trailer...— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) September 15, 2015
As somebody who's always tackled hard-hitting subjects sensitively, I earnestly request all distributors in Pak to kindly watch the film...— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) September 15, 2015
Mr Bhandarkar, who has framed the truth behind the life of models who choose to become calendar girls, has 'assured' that the film will not offend anyone. The Page 3 director tweeted:
I assure one & all that #CalendarGirls is NOT anti-Pak & WON'T hurt any sentiments. Sincerely pray Censor there watches & gives a go-ahead.— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) September 15, 2015
The film's trailer gave a glimpse of what all goes behind the glossy life of the calendar girls. But dialogues in the trailer like "Pakistani girls are as bold as other girls. In fact sometimes they are bolder than the rest" and a protest scene with people shouting slogans like "Pakistani artist go back" has caused a stir, creating trouble for the film's release across the border. (Also Read: Deepika Padukone Inspired Madhur Bhandarkar's Calendar Girls)
The last film which was banned in the Pakistan was counter-terrorism drama film Phantom, starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif.
Co-produced by Mr Bhandarkar and Sangeeta Ahir, Calendar Girls features Akanksha Puri, Avani Modi, Kyra Dutt and Ruhi Singh, among others. It is slated for release on September 25 in India.