Row surrounding ‘Padmavati’ is getting bigger every day with several groups trying to stop the film from getting released, alleging that it has distorted historical facts and demeaned the glory of heritage women. On the other hand, producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and leading lady of the film Deepika Padukone are determined to have the film released on December 1 as per schedule.
Meanwhile, across the border, release of Mahira Khan’s much awaited film ‘Verna’ has been held-up by the Pakistani censor board. The film revolves around the story of a rape survivor who fights for justice.
Even though the trailer of the film has received a positive response from fans, it is reportedly struggling with objections from Pakistan Central Board of Film Certification even a day before its release that is scheduled for November 17. It is being held that the film is not suitable for family audience and has been claimed to be “not decent enough”. In order to have his film released in time, acclaimed filmmaker Shoaib Mansoor, director of ‘Verna’ has appealed for “urgent relief” to the censor board.
Have a look at the trailer of ‘Verna’ below:
Earlier, Mahira Khan was in the news for his pictures with Deepika’s ex Ranbir Kapoor and was slammed fiercely on the internet for them. She is often referred to as “Ranbir’s alleged lady-love” as people have not forgotten their pictures yet.
As far as Indian films are concerned, Mahira was last seen in ‘Raees’ opposite Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika’s debut leading co-star.
At a promotional event for ‘Padmavati’, when asked about her views on controversies surrounding Mahira Khan’s ‘Verna’, Ranbir Kapoor’s leading lady in ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ said that it was “sad” that the film was banned. Pinkvilla quotes Deepika, in interview to an international news channel, saying,
“Yes, it’s sad that a small section of people don’t understand the power of cinema and what it can do to the world. It brings people together, it spreads love, it’s fascinating what cinema can do and it’s sad that a certain group of people choose to not recognize that.”
Even some public figures are against the ban on ‘Verna’ and have expressed their opinion on Twitter. Have a look at some of these tweets below.
Journalists condemning the ban on ‘Verna’:
The fate of #Verna still undecided. Shoaib Mansoor remains unwilling to rework the film as per the suggestions of the Full Board. An Appellate Board to review the film, tonight.
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— Yusra Askari (@YusraSAskari) November 16, 2017
So #Verna has been banned by the usual idiots on the Islamabad censor board who appar think topic (rape) should not be talked about. Was cleared by Sindh. Going into full board appeal today.
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) November 14, 2017
Shoaib Mansoor’s movie, “Varna” is not about “Rape Scenes”, its about police & FIA manipulating evidence & legal system to exonerate the influential rapist; its an “art product” that holds mirror to the system of injustice in Pakistan; should it be banned? Why?
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) November 15, 2017
A politician too finds the ban unjustified:
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) November 14, 2017
Fellow actors stand up for Mahira and her film:
— Ali Rehman Khan (@alirehmankhan) November 14, 2017
— adnanmalik (@adnanmalik) November 15, 2017
Meanwhile, Daily Pakistan reports that Pakistan’s censor board has cleared ‘Verna’ for an official release after slashing some objectionable content from the film. Now it is being speculated whether director Shoaib Mansoor will be willing to release the slashed version of the film.