Mahira Khan starrer Verna faces censor heat for ‘objectionable’ content. Will it be banned?

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan is back in news. But this time it has nothing to do with Ranbir Kapoor and those viral pictures. Her much awaited film Verna has got into some serious trouble. This, despite Mahira hard-selling the film for some time now. Verna is struggling to get a clearance from Pakistan’s Censor Board. Owing to this, the movie’s big Lahore premiere also got cancelled on Tuesday.

Verna is director Shoaib Mansoor’s comeback project and was scheduled to release on November 17. Shoaib, better known for hard-hitting films like Khuda Ke Liye and Bol, has dealt with the subject of rape and how it is used for power in Verna, something that has allegedly become the point of contention for the Censor Board.

As reported by The Express Tribune, the Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) general secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar has said that Verna is objectionable on the basis of its subject. “The topic is rape, and the culprit is the governor’s son. The film doesn’t have to be banned, and can be tweaked and censored a bit to be deemed fit for release,” he said in the report.

Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar further added that said the SBFC will certify Verna after receiving the decision of Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad. CBFC chairman Mobashir Hasan further said in the same report, “The film is yet to be viewed by the full board and see if there are any objections.”

Unconfirmed reports state that the film has been ‘banned’ by the CBFC, Islamabad due to which Shoaib Mansoor had appealed for urgent relief for his film, and a full board was expected to review the movie on Tuesday night before giving its final verdict. Though further updates on the same are awaited.

Mahira, who made her Bollywood debut earlier this year opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Raees, plays a rape victim in Verna. The revenge drama also stars Haroon Shahid, Zarrar Khan and Naimal Khawar. We have seen how Mahira and Haroon have been promoting their film at every platform. It created quite a stir when its first teaser released in October and Mahira grabbed eyeballs for her fierce act.

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