Pakistan places ban on Mahira Khan’s ‘Verna’ owing to bold content; check Twitter reaction

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Mahira Khan’s forthcoming film, Verna, seems to have been banished by Pakistan’s Censor Board as the flick is based on rape and its related aggression.

Twitter is extremely offended and is making tweets mainly criticizing the decision taken by the Pakistan Central Board of Film Certification.

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“Stand-up for Verna,” is the wide-ranging response repeated on the most popular micro blogging site.

On the Twitter account of Pakistan CBFC Chief Mobashir Hasan, which lacks proof or substantiation, the film has been declared as banished till the director’s petition is reckoned on Tuesday night: “Verna banned by the #CBFC pending further appeal,” it reads.

While talking to Images, the CBFC chairman stated, “We are looking into the ‘unanimous objections’ raised by a panel of CBFC on Verna after the preview under the relevant laws.”

Accompanying a plea by Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor, Verna was appraised yet again on Tuesday night, reported that Verna is listed to hit screen on November 17 and Shoaib Mansoor’s authorized declaration pleaded “for the insistent respite of Verna,” reports stated.

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After the evaluation, Verna producers have been offered 15 days to lodge a petition, after which the Pakistani board verdict will be regarded as final.

“The Board will review the decision if the producer files an appeal against the decision of the panel. If there is no’ appeal from the producer then the decision of the panel will be final and implemented,” Mobashir Hasan stated.

Verna is based on the tale of a young pair, whose lives get disturbed after an ill-fated episode and how female character battles for her rights in opposition to violence.

“Maybe it was banned for not having enough item songs, vulgar dialogues, and other cheap titillation. Such a mature content seems to have offended a few,” read a tweet while another said: “So #Verna has been banned by the usual idiots on the Islamabad censor board who appear to think topic (rape) should not be talked about.” Another angry tweet added: “Banning a movie like Verna is tantamount to destroying the truth. Truth be told as it.”

This is how Twitter reacted to reports on the ban of Verna.

LubNaa tweeted, “Maybe it was banned for not having enough item songs, vulgar dialogues, and other cheap titillation. Such a mature content seems to have offended a few… #Verna”

Adeeb Ahmad said, “Standup for #Verna”

Hasan Zaidi posted, “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.”

Khurram Zia Khan said, “Ban on #Verna is imposed to make those powerful people happy who don’t want masses to know what they do to maintain their hold on public

Aftab Iqbal tweeted, “What message are you sending when you ban a film that stood up against violence? You let the powerful win again.#Verna”

Mahira co-stars with Pakistani actors Haroon Shahid and Zarrar Khan in Verna.

Published by Mamatha on 15 Nov 2017

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