Even though Mahira Khan strongly protested on Twitter, the final fate of her much anticipated film Verna remains unclear. "May the power of the voices of the people be stronger than a few in positions of power. #verna" Mahira Khan posted on Twitter yesterday. Verna deals with the issue of rape and the film was due to release this Friday (17th November). However, Mahira’s film has run into trouble after it was first reported that the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) had banned its release following its viewing.
"The film has not been banned. But there is a process that every film has to go through before it is cleared by the CBFC," Pakistan Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said in Islamabad. The members of the censor board are private members and it was their decision, she said, adding that if they found something objectionable in the film they could ask the producer and director to delete those parts.
A member of the Punjab Censor Board has declared said that they had found several objectionable scenes in the film. "Firstly, it shows a governor's son involved in a rape case which was the biggest objection. Secondly, it includes many bold dialogues and scenes. The general plot of the movie revolves around rape, which we consider to be unacceptable," the member said.
Provincial Censor Boards operate independently in Pakistan's Sindh, Punjab and other provinces and have not issued any certificate for the screening of the film so far.
Due to the prevailing confusion, the premiere of the film has been cancelled in Lahore. We hope things sort out soon and fans get a chance to watch Mahira’s much anticipated film.