Bans Imposed on “Maalik”
The Asher Azeem’s movie Maalik was banned by the Sindh provincial government due to some controversial scenes while Maalik was also banned by the federal government across whole Pakistan due to some objectionable scenes. The Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage issued a notification which states that the Urdu feature film Maalik “uncertified” according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979. The shooting of Maalik started on 21st September, 2014. This film Maalik was shooted in in various locations like from fields and villages of interior Sindh to rugged Mountains of Baluchistan. Maalik had a shoot scheduled for 100 Days. The locations of the film are beautiful and eye catching.
The movie Maalik is directed by Asher Azeem while produced by Asher Azeem and his wife Bushra Asher Azeem. The film Maalik music is composed by Sahir Ali Bagga. The film Maalik is written by Asher Azeem himself. The cinematography of this movie Maalik is done by Imran Ali. This film Maalik is edited by Salman. The production company by which Maalik is produced is Media Hub. The film Maalik was distributed by Footprints Entertainment. The film Maalik was released on 8th April, 2016.
Maalik Cast & Crew:
Maalik casts consists of Asher Azeem as Major Asad, Farhan Ally Agha as Major Haider, Sajid Hassan as Gen. Amjad, Mohammed Ehteshamuddin as Master Mohsin, Hassan Niazi as Chief Minister, Adnan Shah Tipu as Faridday, Rashid Farooqui as Inspector, Tatmain ul Qalb as Sherry, Abdul Aziz Jamal as Chief Minister’s Assistant, Nosher Samuel as Rasheed, Shakeel Hussain Khan as Musa, Kashif Hashmi as Jamshed, Rodney Perrera as Faisal Jamshed, Owais Sheikh as Shamsher Singh, Imran Mir as Sheikh Altaf, Faizan Sheikh as Muneer, Bushra Asher Azeem, Lubna Aslam, Erum Azam as Ayesha, Mariam Ansari, Syed Kumail Raza as Azal, Sabreen Baloch, Kaleem Achakzai, Nazeer Durrani, Pakiza Khan as Farishtey, Naeema Garaj and Basit Faryad.
Maalik is a story of affection, faithfulness, glory, family value, unrealistic belief, pursuit of perfection, courage and dignity against all bad things that happen, and across all levels of society from the poor person and the struggling to the person having wealth and power. Maalik unfold their story that a Pashtun family that flee from the severe and extensive damage of the Soviet war in Afghanistan and started living in Karachi., Pakistan. A Special Services Group SSG officer Major Asad (Asher Azeem) who experienced a personal mishap and starts a private security company named Black Ops Pvt. Ltd in Karachi. Major Asad (Asher Azeem) SSG fellow workers keep connecting to his the company on their retirements.
The main soundtrack of film Maalik was sung by Sahir Ali Bagga. While other tracks include Naina Roye which was sung by Masooma Anwar, Man Mora and Nazriya by Rahat Fathe Ali Khan. The running time of Maalik film is 155min.
After three weeks from the release of Maalik the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage issued a notification which states that the Urdu feature film Maalik “uncertified” according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.
The Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) has received 24 complaints about the movie Maalik. Among those one was filed by a member of the National Assembly in which he explained that the film is against Pakistani society and culture. And also this movie Maalik portrays the negative image of the Pakistan.
The Daily Times when tried to confirm the polls filed against this movie Maalik, they found that many complains were posted with the same. They also found that some of the polls were filed even before the release of the Maalik. While majority of the people who filling the poll against Maalik have not even watched the movie and they did not even know about their complaints and while few complaints were rejected due to the incomplete data provided by the peoples.
Maalik’s producer Asher Azeem told that most of the people loved this movie. The producer of Maalik also believes that he could not find any reason why the government banned his movie.