- Mahira's Verna hasn't been cleared by the Pakistani Censor Board yet
- The CBFC objects to the film's rape theme
- Deepika Padukone will be next seen in Padmavati
Tonight I realize how powerful artists are, not those in power. We are. Why else do we get banned? Why else do our films pose a threat to them? In this game of power - we will always win. Art/love/truth always does! #PowerDiGame#verna— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) November 16, 2017
A member of the Pakistan's CBFC told news agency PTI: "It (Verna 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."
Verna is directed by Shoaib Mansoor, who made critically acclaimed films like Khuda Ke Liye and Bol. Mahira Khan featured in Shah Rukh Khan's Raees last year.
Deepika Padukone's upcoming film Padmavati, scheduled to release on December 1, is facing severe opposition from the members of the Rajput Karni Sena, who have alleged that the film distorts historical facts.