Malaysia has banned a controversial Bollywood film `Padmaavat` for its negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler.
Malaysia’s Home Ministry on Friday said the film would not be screened in nationwide cinemas, because of the way in which Alauddin Khilji was depicted.
“He is portrayed as a sultan who is arrogant, cruel, inhumane, devious with all kinds of trickery, unreliable and who does not fully practise Islamic teachings,” the ministry said in a statement, according to The Straits Times.
Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board ruled that the movie was “not approved for screening”.
The Padmaavat trailer shows the Muslim sultan as a cruel, violent, aggressive fighter.
The release of Padmaavat has already caused mayhem in India.
The ancient period drama is a tale depicting Muslim King Alauddin Khilji, Rajput ruler Ratan Singh and Hindu queen Padmavati.
Hindu groups in India alleged the film distorts history by depicting Rajput queen Padmini – the protagonist of the film – in a poor light, reported Aljazeera.
The report also said that protesters in the South Asian country took to the streets to demand the movie was not screened there, but eventually lost their bid after the Supreme Court rejected a bid to ban the film.
Bollywood films are popular in Malaysia, but the censorship board banns films with religious themes or sexual content.