NEW DELHI: Affirming that the movie is not against the neighbouring country, actor and producer Saif Ali Khan explained that he was expecting his upcoming movie ‘Phantom’ to be banned in Pakistan. 
While speaking to NewsX, Saif Ali Khan expressed that he was ‘expecting’ that the movie would be banned in the country; however, it is ludicrous to make any such move. 
The counter-terrorism drama film, also starring Katrina Kaif has been banned in Pakistan reportedly by the Lahore High Court after a petition was filed by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. 
Director Kabir Khan, whose Salman Khan starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ hit the jackpot in Pakistan is also not surprised by the move taken by Pakistan to ban the movie. 
There is nothing in the movie that Pakistan should object about. However, people involved with 26/11 attack should be worried about it and probably that is the reason Hafiz Saeed has stepped up and filed a petition. But what is objectionable about the petition is that he has in some way tried to portray that if we are going against the masterminds of 26/11 attack, we are going against the people of Pakistan which is certainly not true. The movie is neither anti-Pakistan nor anti-people of Pakistan. But it is only against the global terrorism,” Kabir Khan told NewsX. 
On the other hand, speaking about the people who will still in some or the way watch the movie in Pakistan even if it is banned, Saif Ali Khan said, “One of the reasons that piracy exists to the level it does today is Pakistan. They want to see the movie and they will see and therefore, we will continue to deliver.”
He further added, “I am happy that Kabir who was already anticipating that the movie would be banned in Pakistan continued his effort and made this movie.”
However, Kabir Khan believes that the ban will only further escalate the curiosity of the people to watch the movie.
‘Phantom’ will hit the screens across India on August 28.

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