‘Obscene’ Pakistan cricket film hits cinemas

KARACHI, August 23, 2013 (AFP) – A Pakistani film about a boy emulating the fairytale career of cricket star Shahid Afridi hit cinemas Friday despite objections from the player over “obscene” scenes he fears could damage his image. The $1 million Pakistan-made movie “Main Houn Afridi” (“I am Afridi”) tells the story of a young man who dreams of becoming as great a player as Afridi, and the trials he faces as he tries to follow in his hero’s footsteps.

The big-hitting all-rounder had given his blessing to the producers, but last week reacted angrily to an “obscene” scene shown in trailers for the film in which the hero hugs and kisses a girl in a nightclub.

He also raised objections to an “item song”, a musical performance featuring Pakistani actress Mathira Khan. Dance numbers such as this with scantily clad women are often used in Indian cinema and have little to do with the story.

“I had given permission for the film with an aim to give kids some positive healthy entertainment, to divert their minds towards cricket and it should not have obscene things,” said Afridi, 33.

But the filmmakers went ahead with the release without removing the scenes.

“The item song was the demand and if Afridi had any objectio