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15 Oct

Sanam Saeed raises question over Durj’s irrational ban


Shamoon Abbasi’s film Durj has been in the news lately for unfortunate reasons. The film which was slated to release on October 18th was banned by all censor boards of Pakistan without stating any reasons. Though Shamoon Abbasi protested the ban, the film’s fate is in doldrums locally and there is little hope that it will screen in cinemas.

Durj talks about cannibalism and is based on true events. Gulf News reported that Durj got a thumbs-down by “Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC), as they deem it ‘inappropriate’ for public exhibition. No details were furnished.”

Read: We want a fair panel to review Durj: Shamoon Abbasi opens up about the ban on his film

In connection, Sanam Saeed is the first actress who has spoken about the irrational ban. The star took to Twitter and raised a question about Hollywood films with much more explicit content that are being screened in Pakistan. She asked how they are not inappropriate for public viewing, but a local film is?

Why are films like #Durj Banned. If Hollywood films with all their sexual innuendos and violence and dark topics can play in our cinemas then why can’t our independent out of the box films like Durj be played??” she wrote.



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