Pakistani actress Mahira Khan’s upcoming film Verna is struggling to get the clarification from censor board. If latest reports are to be believed, the movie was not cleared by Pakistani censor board due to which its Lahore premiere was also cancelled. The movie is the comeback project of filmmaker Shoaib Mansoor and was set to hit the screens on November 17, but it is being called objectionable because of its content.
Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) general secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar spoke to The Express Tribune about the film and was quoted as saying, “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 added that the film is not cleared by SBFC and it still needs approval from CBFC office in Islamabad.
CBFC chairman Mobashir Hasan has stated that the entire board is yet to watch the film.
The fate of Verna will be decided in coming days. Not only in Pakistan, controversies are also surrounding the films in India. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati is facing trouble from quite some time even before its release.
On a related note, Mahira came into news when her pictures with actor Ranbir Kapoor went viral on social media. She was criticised for wearing backless dress and smoking.