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The Dirty Picture, which is set for Friday release all over the world, has been banned by Pakistan Censor Board, reported TOI. Known for its conservative approach to cinema, the board apparently thinks the film is too bold to be screened in their country.

Tanuj Garg, CEO, Balaji Motion 

“Earlier Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly was banned because of what was termed as lewd content; now the axe has fallen on The Dirty Picture that is considered not suitable for playing in cinema halls across Pakistan,” a Bollywood trade source told the daily.

“Pakistan is one of the biggest consumers of Hindi cinema. Pirated DVDs are reportedly available, sometimes even a day before the release on Friday. So even if Dirty Picture doesn’t play in theatres, it is quite likely that the film may still be widely seen,” the daily quotes another trade source as saying.

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The Dirty Picture, directed by Milan Luthria and produced by Ekta Kapoor, stars Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Tusshar Kapoor. The film is inspired by the life of South siren Silk Smitha.

Vidya Balan’s ‘Silk’ avatar has taken Bollywood by a storm. From actors like Ranveer Singh and Arbaaz Khan to filmmakers like Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt everybody seems to have been bowled over. Here’s what Twitter is abuzz with:

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Karan Johar: take a bow team balaji!!! 

Mahesh Bhatt: Dirty Picture is a blockbuster! Vidya Balan,Naseer & Emraan set the screen ablaze with their outstanding performances.

Ranveer Singh: gud morning evry1.THE DIRTY PICTURE the best ever super sensual sexy movie.blown by vidya’s performance.5 shining stars to d team.go go 4 it.

Arbaaz Khan: Saw a preview of THE DIRTY PICTURE last night. Its outstanding. Loved the film, the performances,the direction,the writing, loved everything.

Shirish Kunder: Unbelievable buzz on The Dirty Picture. Haven’t seen such in a long time. If I had to turn distributor, I would have started with this.

Khalid Mohamed: Vidya Balan is to die for in The Dirty Picture. Gutsy, emotionally volatile…haven’t seen a performance like hers in years and years…!

Vishal Dadlani: Me too! Can’t wait! 😀 RT @SunidhiChauhan5: On my way for The Dirty Picture promotional gig at Mithibai college.. So excited 🙂

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