- Verna is scheduled for November 17
- Shoaib Mansoor is the director of Verna
- The ban of Verna has outraged Twitter
Following an appeal by Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor, Verna was reviewed again on Tuesday night, reported Geo.TV. Verna is scheduled for a November 17 release and Shoaib Mansoor's official statement appealed "for the urgent relief of Verna," reported Images.
After the review, Verna makers have been given 15 days to file an appeal, after which the board decision will be considered final, reported Images. "The Board will review the decision if the producer files an appeal against the decision of the panel. If there is no' appeal from the producer then the decision of the panel will be final and implemented," Images quoted Mobashir Hasan as saying.
Verna deals with the story of a young couple, whose lives are disrupted after an unfortunate incident and how female protagonist fights for her rights against violence.
"Maybe it was banned for not having enough item songs, vulgar dialogues, and other cheap titillation. Such a mature content seems to have offended a few," read a tweet while another said: "So #Verna has been banned by the usual idiots on the Islamabad censor board who appear to think topic (rape) should not be talked about." Another angry tweet added: "Banning a movie like Verna is tantamount to destroying the truth. Truth be told as it."
This is how Twitter reacted to reports on the ban of Verna.
Maybe it was banned for not having enough item songs, vulgar dialogues, and other cheap titillation. Such a mature content seems to have offended a few... #Verna— LubNaa (@LubnaSabir1) November 14, 2017
Standup for #Verna— Adeeb Ahmad (@adeeb_ahmad1) November 14, 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
Ban on #Verna is imposed to make those powerful people happy who don't want masses to know what they do to maintain their hold on public— Khurram Zia Khan (@KhurramZiaKhan) November 14, 2017
I question to CBFC,— Aftab Iqbal (@_AftabIqbal) November 14, 2017
What message are you sending when you ban a film that stood up against violence?
You let the powerful win again.#Verna
Mahira co-stars with Pakistani actors Haroon Shahid and Zarrar Khan in Verna.