- Mahira Khan's Verna released to mixed reviews
- Some Instagram users liked the said disclaimer, said it was 'necessary'
- Just go wherever you want to go: one user told Mahira
Several Instagram users praised Mahira's bold move and said: "This thing was necessary." But there were also those, who did not appreciate "the disclaimer" (and also the film) and said: "Nothing is happening in our country. Other countries have much worse situations. If you don't like it here... just go wherever you want to go... just leave my country."
Verna is directed by Shoaib Mansoor, who has earlier made critically acclaimed films like Bol and Khuda Ke Liye, which also depicted certain follies of the state of affairs in Pakistan. "Why Shoaib Mansoor never finds a positive side of our country to make a movie on?," objected one Instagram user.
The effect of the hate comments was dimmed by some positive comments like these:
Initially, Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors took time to review the Verna while he provincial censor boards, which operate independently in Pakistan's Sindh, Punjab and other area did not issue any certificate for the screening. A member of the Punjab Censor Board told news agency PTI 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," he was quoted as saying.