Seems like Shoaib Mansoor and Mahira Khan’s much-awaited film Verna is in hot waters after reports surfaced that the film has been banned from releasing in Pakistan by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC). The CBFC regulates film screenings in Islamabad and cantonment areas across the country.
However, CBFC Chairman Mobashir Hasan said that “The film is yet to be viewed by the full board and see if there are any objections”.
Similarly, Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) also had their reservations regarding the film and general secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar, while speaking to a private media outlet said that the film was objectionable on the basis of its subject i.e. rape.
An official press statement by Mansoor indicated that the director has appealed to the CBFC “for the urgent relief of Verna.” The film is expected to be reviewed by the full board today and the Verna team is hopeful for a decision in the film’s favour.
Verna is Mansoor’s third film, following Khuda Kay Liye and Bol in which he continues his exploration of Pakistan’s social ills with a story of a rape survivor’s quest for justice.
The film stars Mahira Khan, Haroon Shahid and Zarrar Khan in lead roles and slated for release this Friday.