Fakhr-e-Alam: The new face of Sindh's Censor board

Published: September 20, 2013
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The new chairman promises to resolve multiple issues. PHOTO: ARIF SOOMRO/EXPRESS

The new chairman promises to resolve multiple issues. PHOTO: ARIF SOOMRO/EXPRESS

KARACHI: 

He has surely come a long way from his bhangra days. Meet Fakhr-e-Alam, singer-turned-businessman, and now, the new chairman of censor board, Sindh.

While speaking to members of the press at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday evening, Alam said, “The word ‘censorship’ has a negative connotation in the West. I will throw this word out of our vocabulary — rather it should be called film certification.”

He pointed out the flaws in the Sindh Motion Act 2011, saying, “It is a vague document. It fails to ascertain how one will be penalised if rules are violated.”

He also took notice of the fact that cinemas are not playing the national anthem before featuring a film, which was a common practice in the past. Alam stressed that he would take action against those violating the clause. “Cinema is on the road to revival, and the foundation stones need to be laid in a better manner,” he said.

Alam announced plans to build the Sindh Film Certification and Development Authority, and do away with red-tape in the industry.

He also pledged to take notice of the fact that cable operators are showing films on TV, violating rules set by Pemra. “After all, it is my concern that there are certain films that are being screened,” he said. Alam stressed on one such film, Grand Masti, that has recently been run on TV. He said, “This is a clear-cut violation of the rules, and I make sure to take notice of it.”

Under the authority that Alam plans to set up, he intends to house an enforcement wing which will keep a check on the illegal sale of DVDs and CDs in the market.

As far as setting up the authority is concerned, he said, “I am aiming at a physical structure of this Certification Development Authority, more like Islamabad’s National Film Development Corporation Limited (Nafdec). He also said the current board focuses on shortcuts, and there are loopholes. He was of the view that the gross violation of laws will now be dealt with a severe form of penalty.

As far as censoring is concerned, he said, “We censor parts of a movie, but they are still seen by viewers on the silver screen.”

“I plan on keeping a DVD cut version copy with myself, as I provide the original DVD cut version to the cinema owner, this way I will be sure of what should be viewed and what should not be. This compliance will be fulfilled by cinema owners,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Oily
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:17PM

    Ha ha ha….rewarded by Tappi

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  • Mj
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:39PM

    “He also took notice of the fact that cinemas are not playing the national anthem before featuring a film, which was a common practice in the past.”

    Oh wow…

    Next someone will demand recitation before the movie begins, and perhaps a prayer break in the intermission.

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  • Bishart
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Playing anthem before a movie.
    I think my intelligent quotient dropped to <20…
    I think my eyes are deaf i need to see a gynaecologist..coz i am having lichen planus.

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  • aqib
    Sep 20, 2013 - 10:44PM

    Common sense is not very common in this world.

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  • Baba Ji
    Sep 20, 2013 - 11:16PM

    Good boy … yes the anthem should be played like it used to be and we used to stand in respect for that … the new generation better do it and value this activity …

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  • Baba Ji
    Sep 20, 2013 - 11:16PM

    Good boy … yes the anthem should be played like it used to be and we used to stand in respect for that … the new generation better do it and value this activity …Recommend

  • Maheen
    Sep 20, 2013 - 11:20PM

    because there isn’t enough fanaticism as it is

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  • Umar Farooq Khawaja
    Sep 20, 2013 - 11:23PM

    I don’t see anything wrong with what he has said, including the National Anthem clause. The main thrust of his argument is that rules should be followed, one of which is playing the national anthem before the show.

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  • Max
    Sep 21, 2013 - 1:17AM

    Having been to cinemas in three western and two eastern countries, I saw national anthemn being played everywhere. Nothing wrong with that idea. Ofcourse the pseudo liberals will find fault with anything.

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  • Muneeb
    Sep 21, 2013 - 1:42AM

    People will find bone with every thing. You go on Fakhar and show them how it’s done.

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  • Arsalan M
    Sep 21, 2013 - 7:33AM

    @Max Which countries? Just curious.

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  • Farha
    Sep 21, 2013 - 8:22AM

    Good work. National Anthem should be played.Recommend

  • Betel-Q8
    Sep 21, 2013 - 9:54AM

    @Arsalan M:
    Sorry to pop-in, since yr query was to Max.
    I have seen it in Italy and Turkey. Not too sure though if it was legal binding or out of their patriotism. But the guy here is talking about rules to follow, which demand so.

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  • SHAGY
    Sep 21, 2013 - 11:31AM

    I have watched movies in Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, UK, Netherlands & Germany but haven’t seen National Anthem playing in any of these countries.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Sep 21, 2013 - 12:37PM

    Fakhar sounds like a guy with all the good intentions and some sort of idea about what he wants to achieve. but boy he needs a good team .. good strategies .. resources .. authority .. support… to translate his aspirations into reality. in Pakistan (my opinion) the best way to start is to analyze the tipping points (your hurdles) .. before your rubber hits the road.

    http://inet.katz.pitt.edu/studentnet/projects/ceestaging/upmc2012/Tipping%20Point%20Leadership.pdf

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  • Salman
    Sep 21, 2013 - 1:03PM

    National Anthem? What a joke? what does that have to do with a movie? Why not play it before we play ludo also

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  • Ayesha
    Sep 21, 2013 - 1:12PM

    Sindh Film Certification and Development Authority? How can a certification body also be involved in development? Clearly this is ‘conflict of interest’.

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  • ashar
    Sep 21, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Nothing but cheap publicity stunt. With or without National Anthem the damage cinema is causing to our society is one is the same.

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  • cruiser
    Sep 21, 2013 - 1:31PM

    @Arsalam m, in india

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  • Ali
    Sep 21, 2013 - 2:16PM

    I was in Thailand this year, even they played their national anthem before movies. Dont confuse patriotism with nationalism and fanatacism.

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  • Mj
    Sep 21, 2013 - 4:44PM

    @Ali:
    And yet, playing the anthem before a movie is an attempt at promoting nationalism, not patriotism.

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  • hmm
    Sep 21, 2013 - 4:59PM

    Oh, I didn’t know our pseudo liberals, & few indians, find our national anthem being played in cinema’s as something of a crime. Hmm.

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  • Arsalan M
    Sep 21, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @Betel-Q8 @cruiser Cheers!

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  • faraz
    Sep 21, 2013 - 7:35PM

    @Oily.. I was also thinking the same thing being a crony of tappi has finally paid off..

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  • Racer
    Sep 21, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Haha. The French beard is perfect for his role. Enlightened Moderation Censorship

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  • jin
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:37AM

    @Mj

    Liberal fascists like u who r stuffing in their distorted fake and non reality based liberal statements in almost everything, are getting on my last nerve.

    National anthem is done all over the world. It’s not religion for crying out loud. Why do u people who want others to keep religion out of sight are always dragging religion in their arguments and always in the negative sense?
    Please stop doing this and learn to acknowledge your roots. It has been growing into such an irritable trend now to bash your country and your fellowmen for no reason.

    Oh and maybe u can open a cinema and have an alcohol break in between if u have the guts. I’m sure your chachiyan and phoopiyan will be the first ones to take a sip.
    Hope that wasnt too liberal for u.
    Rollseyes

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