Verna banned by the CBFC pending further appeal

Verna banned by the CBFC pending further appeal

CBFC Chairman Mubashar Hassan told Images that the filmmakers have 15 days to file an appeal
Updated 14 Nov, 2017

Amidst speculations of a ban on Verna by the Islamabad Central Board of Film Censors, Images can now confirm that Shoaib Mansoor's film has in fact been banned by the Censor Board.

"We are looking into the 'unanimous objections' raised by a panel of CBFC on Verna after the preview under the relevant laws," Chairman CBFC Mobashir Hasan told Images.

Also read: Has Verna been banned by the Central Board of Film Censors?

It is not yet certain why the Mahira Khan-starrer has been banned, however, the filmmakers have a chance of turning their fate around - if they issue an appeal in time.

The Chairman added, "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."

Hasan expanded that the team of Verna has 15 days to file an appeal, otherwise the Board's decision will be final.

According to Shoaib Mansoor's official press statement issued earlier today, the director has appealed to the CBFC "for the urgent relief of Verna."

Images has reached out to Shoaib Mansoor regarding the ban and is awaiting a response.


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Shahab Alan siddiqui Nov 14, 2017 10:59pm
To commit it is just wasting of time
Asad toofiq ditta Nov 14, 2017 11:27pm
Why pakistan is doing some stupid thinks like that while film is not even released yet... all I can say pakistani people are working on these kind of offices they are back handed....if any one can understand what is that meanm..
Ehs Nov 14, 2017 11:50pm
Pakistan is increasingly becoming a police state. Our society is becoming intolerant as it sees everything in the world as an insult to "Pakistani Culture & Society". Pakistan needs to grow up instead of banning films which reflect issues that exist in the country. Stupid decision by censor board.
Maryam tahir Nov 14, 2017 11:59pm
This seems very childish and ridiculous as the board only wants the producer to appeal,what is this strategy??
annie Nov 15, 2017 12:03am
This is what a room full of old men can come up with.
fayyaz Nov 15, 2017 12:21am
its easy to ban films rather than taking actions against the causes of problems.
Sheraz Ali Nov 15, 2017 01:02am
We watch too much objectionable content in every day life with family but when some one wants to show the reality with on sensitive topic its been banned. Double standard.
Amna Nov 15, 2017 01:03am
No reason for ban given? Only 'unanimous decision'. Give the reason for the ban. Or is a woman with a fighting spirit reason enough to ban it?
Nadeem Nov 15, 2017 04:23am
Hahaha ! What are they afraid of ?
Changez Khan Nov 15, 2017 04:29am
The censor board is too political. Let the people be the judge of the movies.
Umer Sheikh Nov 15, 2017 06:32am
So wait , while plunder, pillage , nepotism, rape , indecency can continue in the country in real life, you can't discuss such truths about society in a movie , ?? Lovely, let's watch some saas/bahoo dramas then,
AMira Nov 15, 2017 06:57am
Mubashir Hasan might do everyone a favour by retiring. This entire board needs to go home.
N abidi Nov 15, 2017 07:21am
Who are these members on Pakistani censor board,what is their motivation, how are they enriching themselves,by banning their most awaited movie by their top artist! This is too much!
Khan USA Nov 15, 2017 07:57am
They don’t ban the illegal activities and corruption of politicians but ban the movie made about this disease !
Fact Nov 15, 2017 08:08am
Just delete the bad stuff and move on.
khan Nov 15, 2017 08:33am
In future before making any films, the story line first should be shared with Censor board(CBFC) before its shared with Artists ...atlest this way they will be sure it will not have objections and producers loosing million of rupees and time wasted.....
Rana Mohsin Nov 15, 2017 10:13am
Its is a good move by CBFC. Such objectionable scenes are not fit for our society.
Ali Nov 15, 2017 11:52am
Sad to hear
Sohail Nov 15, 2017 01:10pm
Dear Dawn, How can we vote about the legitimacy of the ban if we don't even know the reasons?
Alanore Nov 15, 2017 01:11pm
@Ehs The nation didnt ban the movie, we are waiting eagerly for it to release. Its the censor boards fault not the publics.
Ali Ahmed Awan Nov 15, 2017 01:12pm
@Rana Mohsin This Censor Board passed Jism2 with Minor cuts.
Alanore Nov 15, 2017 02:54pm
@Ali Ahmed Awan So true
Ehsan Nov 15, 2017 03:29pm
Although banning the film is uncalled for In my opinion I would say that portraying only the negative aspects of the society will only make people numb and hopeless. This is the third consecutive time Shoaib Mansoor has been making film on similar subjects. Such a film making approach will only make people pessimistic and hopeless. There is a dire need to instill positivity optimism and hope in our youth today more than ever.
Jahangir Nov 16, 2017 12:19am
A publicity stunt by all involved to give it a hype, good move but people are now clever enough! These kind of acts are old, show teh quality and also enhance marketing tactics, this is old one !!
Enayat Nov 16, 2017 02:25pm
A drama created by the whole cover lot of audience after release of movie....