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Pakistan ban won't affect 'Agent Vinod' revenues: Saif

Comments  Comments [ 74 ]    By IANS | 22 March 2012 | 6:04pm

Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan isn't perturbed over Pakistan banning "Agent Vinod", saying that very little revenue would be lost by the restriction imposed on his home production, which is releasing Friday.

"We have lost some revenue, just around Rs.1 crore. They are always banning our movies. 'Kurbaan' was also banned," Saif told IANS adding that "We also shot in Pakistan without their permission."

" 'Agent Vinod' is for Indians but it is not against Pakistanis," said Saif and added with a smile: "But I understand if they get upset because we are beating them up quite often in the film."

Directed by Sriram Raghavan, "Agent Vinod" has Saif in the title role and Kareena Kapoor as the female lead.

Talking about characterization of Pakistanis in "Agent Vinod", he said: "We have shown the Pakistani Army involved with the Taliban and Afghanistan. We have shown them assassinating their own ISI chief. We have shown them encouraging terrorist activities in India and financing the LET. If you feel this is unreasonable or not true, then it is fair enough."

"I think it is all quite true. May be they didn't like that but they do know," he added.

Once a prolific moviemaking country, Pakistan had 1,300 cinema halls in the 1970s with an average annual production of around 300 movies. But by 2005, the country had only 270 cinema halls and made about 18 movies a year. The rest of the movie halls have been converted into gas stations, shopping malls or car showrooms.

In 2010, just eight Pakistani movies were produced.

Movie buffs in Pakistan had a hearty appetite for Bollywood movies, but they had to watch pirated copies of Hindi films as the release of Indian films had been banned in Pakistan.

In 2008, the Pakistan government lifted the ban on Indian films and that has given a much-needed boost to the cinema business.

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  • khushi_007
    Date: 3/23/2012 1:35:27 AMkhushi_007

    The only thing he wants is that Pakistanis will watch the movie 2 see there insult and Indians will watch it to see him insulting Pakistanis. This is CHEAP publicity nothing more just like that fight.

    And just like SRKs RA. ONE this idiot know there is nothing much in his movie so he is trying to promote it but this idiot needs some lessons.

    Leave him, he is getting old.
    They say: barking dogs don't bite2012-03-23 01:36:21

  • Frozen-Storm
    Date: 3/23/2012 12:54:10 AMFrozen-Storm

    they do make movies on this subject and i have never seen any of the actor being hated for this and that is because they kept that subject in the film's limit only...

    I am sorry to say but saif is really narrow minded... In case he doesnt know he is loved by many people in pakistan and and he should have thought before saying all this... if he wasnt gonna respect army at least he should have thought about the other normal people... He can't just judge all the millions of people based on just few people... I am sorry to say but he is shame to the name Khan... and he is displaying his personality... how hateful is he...

    i guess he'll lose a lot of fans for whom he was an icon

  • _Darling_
    Date: 3/23/2012 12:41:23 AM_Darling_

    I rlly liked Saif may be I didn't knew he was this kind of person but omg what is this !! I might not be from Pak but I was born there and raised there and it is like my own country. Saif has hurt fans feelings. AND WTH first he makes movies against PAK and then he expects them to NOT ban them? Is he like OK? Oh, well, GET WELL SOON. I was about to watch this movie but now big NO and I lost all the respect for you as well! Just read the review and it said it is FLOP LMAO, IT HAD TO HAPPEN !!

  • ..Anusha..
    Date: 3/23/2012 12:39:50 AM..Anusha..

    Now why isn't anyone surprised when the first reviews say that the movie is half-baked? Refer to review on this site.

  • _mahi_
    Date: 3/23/2012 12:22:48 AM_mahi_

    I do not even care about Saif after reading his statement. He has hurt feelings of many Pakistanis AND Indians. He is talking as if Pakistan is the only country to be blamed upon for EVERY terrorist activity that happens around the world. There are civilians there in Pakistan who have suffered enough and are still suffering due to this stereotype of Pakistanis being terrorists. I agree that there are few people out there in Pakistan who are trying to encourage such things as terrorism but Mr.Saif Ali Khan, you can't deny that such things happen in India as well.
    So, Go and get a life Saif.
    P.S. you have earned a fair amount of hatred from ME and millions of others. Congratulations.

  • 416905
    Date: 3/23/2012 12:02:33 AM416905

    IF shouldn't have posted this article. This maybe india-forums but it has a huge number of Pakistanis on this forum. Plus USA also banned Khuda Ke Liye even though the entire world knows that a lot of Muslims in USA were mistreated since 9/11. And as for Daya_fan... if osama really was killed in Pakistan then why wasn't his body ever shown? Like Saddam's? Its very easy to spread hatred. But hard to crush a stereo type. As for the shoot in in Pakistan? That's impossible cause Hollywood movie A Mighty Heart's crew had tried to shoot without permission and were famously kicked out of Karachi.

  • SportsFreak
    Date: 3/22/2012 11:42:25 PMSportsFreak

    Arrogant and naive..When was the last time he had a hit? He is only in news because he is kareena's bf who cares about him? And am even sure Waiter Vinod will flop big time and then he can make a career out of being a waiter rather than trying to make agent movies

  • anmirza
    Date: 3/22/2012 11:42:25 PManmirza

    Oh did we touch a nerve here saif? What else was remaining to include in the movie if the above was not offensive enough? Btw ignorant people here don't forget that Pakistan is worst affected by terrorism itself so why would we inflict terror upon others? If some idiots go crazy and plan terrorist attacks against India or other countries then all of Pakistan is not responsible for it. BTW all the unbiased Indian friends here, thank u for your support! These sort of articles should not be posted here which would enrage a vast majority!2012-03-22 23:44:32

  • yyyy
    Date: 3/22/2012 11:32:48 PMyyyy

    So what's wrong if he marries an hindu?2012-03-22 23:34:50

  • abhi_12
    Date: 3/22/2012 11:26:18 PMabhi_12

    Now this is really bad on saif's part! Making a public statement like this. is just soo aweful! I am an Indian and still didnt like the way he spoke abt Pak, infact hate it. This has to be the worst article i ever read..Think before u speak saif. I think he got offended that his movies were banned twice, so he is taking it out by saying such stuff..Disappointed!

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