Mahira Khan's film 'Verna' banned in Pakistan for rape scene?

Nov 15, 2017, 12:34 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan's upcoming film 'Verna' has reportedly been banned by Pakistan's Censor Board for allegedly portraying rape and violence. In the film, Mahira plays a rape survivor who is out to seek justice

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan's upcoming film 'Verna' has reportedly been banned by Pakistan's Censor Board for allegedly portraying rape and violence. In the film, Mahira plays a rape survivor who is out to seek justice. The film stars Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid in leading roles. Produced by Shoaib Mansoor, the film was scheduled to release on November 17, 2017.

Mahira Khan's film 'Verna' banned in Pakistan for rape scene?
Mahira Khan in 'Verna' poster

While speaking to Images, Pakistan CBFC Chief Mobashir Hasan said, "We are looking into the 'unanimous objections' raised by a panel of CBFC on Verna after the preview under the relevant laws."

He 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." The website also quotes Mobashir Hasan as saying that 'Verna' team has 15 days to file an appeal, or else the Board's decision will be final.

The report further states that according to 'Verna' producer Shoaib Mansoor's official press statement, the director has appealed to the CBFC 'for the urgent relief of Verna.'

The reports of Mahira Khan's 'Verna' being banned has left people outraged. Twitter users took to the micro-blogging website to voice their opinion on the subject. Here are some reactions:

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