Mahira Khan's upcoming movie Verna has been banned by the Central Board of Film Censors in Pakistan for reportedly dealing with rape and violence.
On Pakistan’s CBFC Chairman Mobashir Hasan's Twitter account, which is unverified, the movie has been announced as banned till the director's appeal is taken into consideration. "Verna banned by the #CBFC pending further appeal," it reads. Speaking to Pakistani website, Images, The CBFC Chairman said, "We are looking into the 'unanimous objections' raised by a panel of CBFC on Verna after the preview under the relevant laws."
Following an appeal by Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor, Verna was reviewed again on Tuesday night, reported the GEO TV website. Verna is scheduled for a November 17 release and Shoaib Mansoor's official statement appealed "for the urgent relief of Verna," reported Images.
After the review, Verna makers have reportedly been given fifteen days to file an appeal, after which the board decision will be considered 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," Images quoted Mobashir Hasan.
Verna deals with the story of a young couple, whose lives are disrupted after an unfortunate incident and how female protagonist fights for her rights against violence.