Shocking: Lahore premiere of Mahira Khan’s 'Verna' cancelled

Published: November 14, 2017
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It appears Shoaib Mansoor’s comeback film Verna, starring Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid, is in some serious trouble with the censors.

In a shocking turn of events, the film is going through a tedious tide.

Due to the non-issuing of a censor certificate by the censor board, tonight’s Verna premiere in Lahore has been cancelled. For those of you who aren’t aware, a censor certificate is mandatory for a film to release.

The film is rumoured to be objectionable due to its ‘mature and edgy content’, which may not have sat well with the censors.

This is all too astonishing, considering how fervently and zealously Mahira and Haroon have been promoting the movie. They’ve been literally everywhere among up viewers as to what’s in store for them. And due to that ‘over-promotion’, this news comes as more of a disappointment.

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‘Verna’ is about how rape is used as a tool to show power: Haroon Shahid

The Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) general secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar told The Express Tribune the film was objectionable on the basis of its subject.

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“The topic is rape, and the culprit is the governor’s son. The film doesn’t have to be banned, and can be tweaked and censored a bit to be deemed fit for release.”

He said the SBFC hasn’t certified it yet as they’re waiting for a decision from Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad. On the other hand, CBFC chairman Mobashir Hasan said, “The film is yet to be viewed by the full board and see if there are any objections.

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Film-maker Shoaib Mansoor has gone into appeal with censor board today for urgent relief for his film Verna. The film will be hopefully reviewed by full board today and we are hoping that the full board will prevail.

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“Nothing has been decided and the film is not banned so far. We will view it and come to a final decision soon,” further revealed Mobashir Hasan.

We will update as more developments occur on the fate of Verna.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Aamir
    Nov 14, 2017 - 6:35PM

    This is crazy. A Pakistani film by the name of Khawaish was made in the early 1990s with a similiar subject. Salman Shahid was the son of a politician and the rape victim was Samina Peerzadha.

    That film was based on the Veena Hayat case.

    Absolute pathetic attitude by the censor board.Recommend

  • Sara
    Nov 14, 2017 - 8:19PM

    Would the censor board approve it if the rape culprit was an ordinary man and not the son of the Governer?Recommend

  • Rambo
    Nov 16, 2017 - 10:30AM

    This is a result of Indian movie addiction. I can thank enough that i have watching it.Recommend

  • concerned
    Nov 16, 2017 - 10:57AM

    The censor board needs to be sued for defamation of the movie and should pay a heavy fine for delaying the movie release. Fingers can be pointed towards the censor board for deliberately delaying the movie release to fill their pockets.Recommend

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