Upcoming Pakistani film Verna by Shoaib Mansoor has reportedly been banned by the Central Board of Film Censors.
The CBFC regulates film screenings in Islamabad and cantonment areas across the country.
However, while speaking to a private media channel, CBFC Chairman Mobashir Hasan said that the fate of the film “has yet to be decided”.
“As of now, the final decisions [about Verna] is yet to be taken as per Censorship of Film Rules 1980,” he has said.
According to Shoaib Mansoor’s official press statement, 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.
After Khuda Ke Liye and Bol, Verna is Shoaib Mansoor’s third feature film which stars Mahira Khan, Haroon Shahid and Zarrar Khan in main roles. The film furthers Mansoor’s exploration of Pakistan’s social ills with a story about a rape survivor’s quest for justice. The trailer also suggests that the film implicates politicians and other influential people in the cover-up of the rape that occurs.
Here’s where you can watch the full trailer for Verna
And here’s how the internet has been reacting to the news:
I hope Punjab and Sind does not follow suit. Inshallah everything will settle down soon. No point imposing complete ban, objections can be addressed. Fingers crossed.
— Khurram Gultasab (@KhuramGultasab) November 14, 2017
First Raees.. now Verna ..CFBC should get a little mature and remove this Ban ASAP
— Imran Khan #Verna in 3 days (@imran_vk) November 14, 2017
hope is it nothing but a publicity stunt….
— Imran Siddiqi (@Imran_Siddiqi) November 14, 2017