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Censor board lifts ban on Shamoon Abbasi’s Durj

Instep Today
By NewsBytes
Mon, 10, 19

Shamoon Abbasi’s directorial venture, Durj, which had been banned by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) just a few days before its Pakistani release on October 18, is now all set to hit cinemas in the coming days, after getting a green signal from the censor boards.

We reported earlier that the film, which is based on true events and revolves around the theme of cannibalism, was banned by the Pakistani censor boards citing that the film is based on a subject that is ‘not a part of our tradition or culture’. However, Shamoon Abbasi, who was quite perplexed with the situation, appealed to the CBFC to review the film for a second time with a new panel of judges/analysts. According to recent reports Durj, which was reviewed on October 14, has been cleared by censor boards to release in Pakistan with minor cuts.

Actor and director Shamoon Abbasi took to social media to announce the good news. “Attention to all Durj fans, friends and supporters out there. We got the confirmation news and are extremely happy to announce that the ban on Durj has been lifted and finally, it’s official. Gear Up! Durj is now coming to Pakistan,” Abbasi wrote on his official Facebook account.

“We would also like to take this moment to thank our esteemed censor board for their immense cooperation in the matter and for making the film accessible to the people of Pakistan. We are about to announce the new release date. Stay tuned folks!” he added.

With the film receiving a 3-minute standing ovation at the exclusive screening held in Bradford Cineworld London, UK, let’s wait and see how it fares at the local box office. May sanity continue to prevail.