Sources from the censor board told Images that Raees has been banned because "the content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, [while also] portraying Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists."
The news neither went down well with Raees fans nor the film's director Rahul Dholakia. Since the ban was announced, Twitter became a battleground of sorts, some for the ban and some against. Here are some of the best reactions.
The first one to lose his cool was Rahul Dholakia:
Ex-censor board member Fakhr-e-Alam unfortunately got all the hate:
This explains why one anchor Amir (ahem) Liaquat (ahem) runs scot-free:
Psst. You didn't hear it from us.
Some were more concerned about Mahira's reaction to the ban.
Our sentiments are quite fragile. Movies must not break them!https://twitter.com/NazranaYusufzai/status/828636218208505857
A moment of silence for all delusional fans of Shah Rukh Khan.
Payback in the afterlife. Someone's gonna get a hurt real bad:
Round up the politicians, we've got quite a few 'tax chors' who need to be banned too:
One Indian is so upset he's asked Mahira to move to India...https://twitter.com/aniaasingh/status/828663226791456770
Slow clap for the censor board.https://twitter.com/rebel1857/status/828662957462679553
Clearly we're getting a little carried away with this...