Ban on Agent Vinod in Pakistan disappoints Saif Ali Khan

Ban on Agent Vinod in Pakistan disappoints Saif Ali Khan
Pakistan has banned spy film Agent Vinod due to release on Friday in India.

The reason for the ban is reportedly the reference made in the film to Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI.

The film stars Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

"Well Pakistan harbouring terrorists is quite an open fact, isn't it? There are some negative aspects about Pakistan that we have shown," Saif Ali Khan said.

"But we didn't want to offend anyone and the heroine of the movie is a Pakistani, though they would be happy about that We have done the best we could. We don't want to upset Pak viewers, they are a large part of our audience, " he added.

The Islamabad censor board feels that the storyline could hurt sentiments in Pakistan.

Viewers in Pakistan are disappointed as sales of tickets for the film have been stopped and hoardings of the films have been pulled down in most cinemas across Karachi.

After playing a simple Dalit man in Aarakshan, Saif Ali Khan returns as a spy in the thriller.

The movie also found itself embroiled in controversy after an Iranian music band Barobax slapped a legal notice against the makers and music composer Pritam Chakraborty for the song Pyaar Ki Pungi over copyright violation.

Later, Dinesh Vijan, the co-producer of the movie asserted that the song is an original track.

Agent Vinod has been directed by Sriram Raghavan with Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan as producers.