The fate of the Hollywood blockbuster “Barbie” will be decided by the Punjab Censor Board during a meeting of all its members, following interim Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s directives, as reported by The News.
“Barbie” has been highly anticipated and celebrated worldwide; however, in Punjab, the film was pulled from cinemas after its release due to alleged “pro-LGBT” content.
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The film, a fantasy-comedy, was initially released on July 21 but was halted in Punjab based on the orders of the Ministry of Information and Culture.
Punjab’s Film Censor Board Secretary, Rehan S Khan, denied the presence of any objectionable content related to homosexuality in the film, stating that the board had already removed any problematic material.
The government issued a statement on Monday, requesting all censor board members to conduct a thorough review of “Barbie” on Tuesday, after which a decision would be made regarding its screening permission in Punjab.
Box Office review of Barbie
The highly anticipated movie about the iconic doll, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, has been a massive success at the box office, grossing over $351 million in the US and Canada since its opening on July 21 and nearly $775 million globally.
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The world is buzzing with “Barbie” fever, with theatres and cinemas full of enthusiastic moviegoers, all embracing the pink theme.