Twitter divided over decision to include TLP in 'Zindagi Tamasha' review

Published: January 22, 2020

Just yesterday, the federal government issued directives to postpone the release of forthcoming film Zindagi Tamasha after sources confirmed the information ministry’s decision to review it again.

Questions were raised, especially after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was directed to include a representative of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and a representative of the ministry in the board reviewing the film.

Following this, Zindagi Tamasha has been trending on Twitter  as people are divided between the hashtags #WeSaluteKhadimRizvi and #WeSupportZindagiTamasha.

Arguments surrounding the issue question whether the involvement of political or religious parties in the release of a film is even justified, given CBFC’s policy. According to a new development, sources had also reported that a CBFC official confirmed that if need be, a scholar may sit in the meeting but “he will not be a member of TLP as it is not policy.”

A spokesperson for Pir Ejaz, senior leader of TLP, however, said that no meeting would happen without a TLP representative in attendance. “This film will not release without satisfying TLP,” reported a close source.

Nevertheless, several users are either celebrating or criticising the decision  on Twitter while celebrities are calling it a ‘suppression of art and expression..

Some users continued to support the decision, adding that Zindagi Tamasha should be banned.

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