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Shamoon Abbasi appeals to PM to lift ban on Durj

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By NewsBytes
Wed, 10, 19

We reported earlier that Shamoon Abbasi’s directorial venture, Durj did not get clearance from the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) just a few days ahead of its Pakistani release on October 18, even though the Punjab and Sindh censor boards cleared it.

According to the actor and director, the world censor boards has given 14A certification to the suspense thriller, which explains that the film is viewable for kids above 13 years

Recently, Abbasi took to social media and requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to help them get a clearance certificate and remove the ban on Durj.

“We would like to address the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan to look into the matter and help us through the process of obtaining a clearance certificate from Islamabad censor board, as Punjab and Sindh boards cleared the film previously and issued certificates,” Abbasi wrote on his official Twitter handle.

In another tweet, he stated, “Appeal to the federal censor board to review Durj with a full board panel and give us a fair conclusion on it…We request the authorities to help us.”

Moreover, Shamoon Abbasi – in a series of tweets – shared that Durj “is not an anti-state or anti-religion film and simply depicts the subject of mental illness in a few people that tend to go to certain extents to commit crimes like cannibalism; it’s a global fact and we can’t hide it.”

He further went on to add that he is not sure why the film has been banned as it is not vulgar and neither does it contain gruesome scenes.

In a recent turn of events, the filmmaker has appealed to the CBFC to review the film with new panel of judges/analysts claiming that they will follow the instructions given by the new panel and remove any unsuitable footage.

Though the movie, which is based on true events, has been banned in Pakistan, it will release in the US, UK, Canada, Norway and Denmark on October 11, 2019.