The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Islamabad earlier today banned Shoaib Mansoor’s upcoming masterpiece, Verna. According to a number of reports surfacing on social media, the film has been banned by the authority in charge, pending a full-body review which will take place later in the evening.
Upon inquiring the from local cinemas, Parhlo gathered how the film will now be reviewed by full board today, which will indicate the release of the film across the country. It is essential for films to clear and receive a censor certificate before the release. Due to the decision by CBFC, premier of Verna in Lahore has been canceled for today.
The Censor Board Declares the Content of the Film as “Mature and Edgy”
Mahira Khan who plays the role of a rape victim in the film also spoke on the matter and shared how “unfair” this is.
“We are obviously hoping that the film will be released on the expected due date, 17th November, without any cuts. Because there is nothing wrong with the film,”
“We are still wondering what aspect of the film has aroused the decision of banning the film by the board. It is beyond my understanding,”
Haroon Shahid also Tweeted on how the Game is Now in the Hands of the Censor Board
Censor Di Game Rano, Censor Di Game Sari! #Verna
— Haroon Shahid (@HaroonsMusic) November 14, 2017
Given how the Film Talks on a Number of Social Subjects, Such as Rape, Fans Across Pakistan are Not Happy with this Decision
The Sindh Board Cleared it Earlier
So #Verna has been banned by the usual idiots on the Islamabad censor board who appar think topic (rape) should not be talked about. Was cleared by Sindh. Going into full board appeal today.
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) November 14, 2017
Ban #ChildMarriage #Vani & barbaric jirga decisions decreeing innocent girls to be raped and humiliated NOT films like #Verna. Such films can help in changing mindsets! #ChangingMindsets #Verna #Rape #Women #Zabarjinsi
— Samar MinAllah Khan (@SamarMinallahKh) November 14, 2017
So according to the Censor Board having rape prevalent in your country is not a problem but talking about it is? How about banning the filth movies that objectify women instead of banning one that empowers them. This is insanity #Verna
— Laila (@fizakhawar) November 14, 2017
Uncanny how 'Khuda Kay Liye' had broken records in a reign of a 'dictator' that too when mullah brigade was burning down the videos stores and breaking TVs and today a woman centered social account has been banned under a 'democratic' government. Such a shame #Verna
— MINION© (@TheOmarrization) November 14, 2017
Hoping to see what happens after the review passes by the full censor board. Given how Shoaib Mansoor has always given Pakistanis amazing films, shedding light on social subjects, Verna isn’t any less of what we are all hoping to see.
Good luck to team Verna!