Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaary to NOT release in Pakistan

: Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaary is based on real life incident that revolves around two strong-minded army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. The film has been banned in Pakistan.
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Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaary has finally hit the screens today. The film stars an ensemble cast of Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Pooja Chopra, Rakul Preet, Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah. Manoj is the mentor while Sidharth Malhotra plays his protege in the film. 
 
Aiyaary is based on real life incident that revolves around two strong-minded army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. Being an Indian patriotic film, Aiyaary fall in the same category of Neeraj's earlier films, Baby and Naam Shabana, that failed to  receive a clearance for release in Pakistan. 
 
Earlier, the film landed in hot waters when the film was put on hold due to its certification process. Because of the army backdrop, the Ministry of Defence wanted to see the film if the Indian army is projected in a balanced light. 
 
When Neeraj was asked about it, he told a leading daily, "We had submitted the film to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on January 19 and didn’t think it would be an issue. Although the MoD had always wanted to watch the film, we had told them to route it via the CBFC. I’ve heard it is a common practice by MoD to watch films that feature characters from the defence forces. But we didn’t know that the back-and-forth would take this long. We had no choice but to delay the release."
 
Did MoD view Baby and Rustom as they also had characters from the armed forces? On this, Neeraj, said, "No, and I am not sure why they were so interested in this film. Maybe the trailer made them think the film is about a sensitive subject. They didn’t ask for any cuts but we did make some audio changes, for instance, we have muted the word Kargil."
 
He went on to add, "In my case, I would like to believe that the MoD had genuine concerns. But yes, everyone is too sensitive these days, and add to that the power of social media, which allows anyone to have a say. Only one body should have any say in the film’s release, and that’s CBFC."
 
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It shouldn’t release.

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