Malaysia bans Machis
Machis is 'too sensitive' for the Malaysians.
And so, the Hindi hit will not be released in the pearl-shaped island state -- a major centre for Indian movies.
"It may hurt religious sentiments," is how the Malaysian censors justify their decision.
The film, directed by Gulzar, was made on a shoestring budget. However, it had gone on to become a big hit. Set in Punjab, against the backdrop of the
mid-80's violence, Machis stars Chandrachur Singh and Tabu, and has award-winning music by Vishal
It was the just-concluded East Asia Film and
Television festival that tipped the Malaysian censors about the film's 'sensitivity.'
Machis's songs, however, are enormously popular with the islanders.