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Ban on 'Phantom' in Pak: Hafiz Saeed's petition against film amusing, says Kabir Khan


Mumbai, Aug 21: Director Kabir Khan finds it "amusing" that Lashker-e-Tayyeba chief and Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed sought a ban on the release of his movie "Phantom" in Pakistan following which a court there banned its screening in the country.

"The person who in our perspective is one of the most wanted terrorists is filing a petition to ban my movie, was a little amusing for me," said Khan, whose movie will hit silver screen next Friday.

Hafiz Saeed's petition amusing: Kabir

The Lahore High Court on Thursday banned the release of "Phantom" in Pakistan on Saeed's plea that the film set on post-26/11 attacks contains "filthy propaganda" against him and his outfit.

[Ban on Saif Ali's Phantom? Pak court reserves verdict on Hafiz Saeed's plea to ban movie]

The story of "Phantom", starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, revolves around a group's effort to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"They have gone ahead and done this before seeing the film. My understanding is, it has got to do with the backdrop of the film which is a contentious issue between the two countries," the director told Times Now.

"There are some uncomfortable truths about the involvement of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba in 26/11 attacks. Since it operates from Pakistan so this could have created an uncomfortable situation that's why they have done this," he said.

In the petition filed on August 8, Saeed's advocate A K Dogar alleged that there is a direct threat to the LeT chief's life and his associates emanating from the content of the trailer of the film.


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