The film is about an Islamabad school teacher who is assaulted and fights for justice despite social pressure.
According to Shoaib Mansoor’s official press statement, the director has appealed to the CBFC “for the urgent release of Verna .” The premier of the highly anticipated film was scheduled to be held in Lahore and then Karachi after clearance from the censor board. The block has prompted strong reactions in the film fraternity and of course Twitter where every is questioning the censor boards priorities.
Just talking about violence against women is apparently taboo.
So #Verna has been banned by the usual idiots on the Islamabad censor board who appar think topic (rape) should not be talked about. Was cleared by Sindh. Going into full board appeal today.
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) November 14, 2017
But perhaps the authorities need to face reality – sexual assault exists and is rampant.
— Gulalai_Ismail (@Gulalai_Ismail) November 14, 2017
Can banning a film really improve the situation?
Mullahs are openly abusing our heroes like Edhi, preaching hatred and have blocked the capital, yet no action by the Govt. On the other hand, a movie highlighting one of the serious issues gets banned. Completely messed up priorities!#Verna
— Ibrar (@IbrarIbrahim) November 14, 2017
Fans of the film are supporting Verna though and calling for the CBFC to clear it without any cuts.
#MahiraKhan is the person taking your Film Industry to International Level and you keep trying to bring her down.. Instead of Bans she deserves more support, applause and encouragement from CFBC to choose a movie on social issue instead of going for a masala #Verna film
— Imran Khan #Verna in 3 days (@imran_vk) November 14, 2017
The film follows Shoaib Mansoor’s two previous ventures which have become a cumulative become battle cry of #KhudaKeLiyeBolVerna
So you won’t stop rape from happening in your country but ban a movie which talks about it. Hmm, okay makes sense. #Verna
— Zainab. (@peechachordo) November 14, 2017
The irony of banning this film only drills home how necessary it is to continue to talk about this issue.
— Rubina Ibrahim Zehri (@zehri_Rubina) November 14, 2017