The dark world of intelligence is shrouded in secrecy.
Ek Tha Tiger took a part of the secrets, and was banned in Pakistan.
The storyline is that Salman, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer, romances Katrina (Zoya), an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent in the film.
It shows the turbulent passage of the shady world of intelligence that forbids its soldiers from falling in love.
The depiction of ISI has made the Pakistani censor board to ban the film in the country.
Muhammed Ashraf Gondal, vice-chairman of the Central Board of Film Censors, said the movie was 'problematic' for screening in Pakistan for its depiction of the country's security agencies.
"We have strict criteria due to which films that have themes that touch on anti-terrorism and are against Pakistan's national institutions or security agencies ultimately have to be censored because they are against the national interest," Gondal told The Express Tribune.
"'Ek Tha Tiger' has several themes referring to Pakistan's agencies, which were deemed problematic, thus leading to the ban of the film," he said.
According to media reports, Katrina Kaif plays the role of a Pakistani spy posing as a scientist's part-time home caretaker in 'Ek Tha Tiger'.
Salman Khan plays a RAW agent who falls in love with Kaif's character.
Pakistan's media regulator had earlier barred TV channels from airing the trailer, promos and reviews of 'Ek Tha Tiger'.
It is the second Bollywood film to be banned this year for its depiction of Pakistani intelligence operatives, the first being Saif Ali Khan's 'Agent Vinod'.
Asim Quresh, CEO of Brand TV and Cinema, said the ban was bad for business. "'Ek Tha Tiger' would have smashed Bodyguard s box office record in Pakistan. In the history of Pakistani cinema, Eid has been the most celebrated slot, since the biggest releases are scheduled for this time," he said.
And in India, ETT is breaking records.
After taking a stupendous start at the box-office, it is heard Ek Tha Tiger is all set for a sequel.
The Salman-Katrina starrer has earned over Rs. 50 crore so far and is expected to break more records.
Buzz is that the production company has registered two titles ‘Ek Hai Tiger’ and ‘Ek Rahega Tiger’ for the part 2 of the flick.
If all goes well, the tiger saga will continue and so its successful run at the box office.
With Eid just around the corner, this setback may just prove costly putting a dent to the gross collection of the film.