Times are not too good for Mahira Khan of late, with the actress having attracted a lot of negative light and this time it is not for her recent pictures with Ranbir Kapoor. The actress had her much-awaited film, Verna, close to release. Mahira has been promoting the film in full-swing and has been working hard for it, however, its release has hit a snag. The actress’ film is struggling to get a clearance from the Pakistani Censor Board, and the film’s premiere that was to take place in Lahore, also got canceled on Tuesday.
The film that is days away from its release date, is based upon the subject of rape and how it is used for power – and the same has become a point of contention for the Censor Board. As per reports in The Express Tribune, the Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) general secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar has said that it is Verna’s subject that makes it objectionable. “The topic is rape, and the culprit is the governor’s son. The film doesn’t have to be banned, and can be tweaked and censored a bit to be deemed fit for release,” he said in the report.
Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar also added that the SBFC will certify Verna once the Central Board Of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad will come to a decision. CBFC chairman Mobashir Hasan further said in the same report, “The film is yet to be viewed by the full board and see if there are any objections.” There are also a few unconfirmed reports in stating that the film will be banned. Following that, Shoaib Mansoor appealed for urgent relief for his film, and a full board was expected to review the movie on Tuesday night before giving its final verdict. Though further updates on the same are awaited. The film is expected to release on November 17 this year.