Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty will not be released theatrically in Pakistan, where the film is largely set. The film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, who was tracked down hiding out in the Pakistan town of Abbotabad, is too much of a risk for local distributors, according to Mohsin Yaseen of Cinepax, the largest exhibition chain in the country. Speaking to the BBC, Yaseen said, “The movie had some controversial scenes in the story related to Pakistan… For us it’s not possible to bring it here. It did affect our business, but, you know, it’s better to be safe than showing that film.” Local censors had previously demanded so many cuts on another film Cinepax had acquired which involved bin Laden, that Yaseen said the company “thought it best to just keep away from” Zero Dark Thirty, and other distributors have agreed to do the same, The Telegraph reports. The film is not going unseen in Pakistan, however. A pirated DVD is “very popular in Islamabad,” according to the BBC with locals even setting up home cinemas to screen it.
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