Sharmoon Abbasi's upcoming film "Durj" banned by Censor board of Pakistan

Shamoon Abbasi’s upcoming film “Durj” banned by Censor board of Pakistan


Shamoon Abbasi’s upcoming film “Durj” which made it to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival this year and was set to release on October 18 has been banned in Pakistan by the Censor Board.

Shamoon recently announced the release date of the film on Facebook, that the film will be released worldwide on Oct 11 and in Pakistan, it will hit cinemas on Oct 18.

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The movie highlights some of the real-life events of cannibalism that have been occurring frequently all over the world.

“All these horrific stories became a nightmare for me. And no one was talking about it. No one was concerned about this certain type of people who were doing it. So for me, the fact that there were no laws to handle this zombie-like phenomenon became a question. It made me want to make a film on this,” the actor said.

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Unfortunately, the film recently received a ban by the Censor Board but no reason has been specified for the ban. But Shamoon also told that the film was not banned by all censor boards.

“It got cleared by Punjab and Sindh board, and suddenly revoked by federal not sure why, we are waiting for a proper answer”, he said.

“The trailers were cleared and they knew the subject of the film, Once the board issues a certificate it means it’s clear as per law. It doesn’t make sense to mention the subject once the trailers were cleared and the film got clearance from other provincial boards.”, Shamoon further added.

Apart from the ban, Shamoon and his team have also faced other difficulties during the making of the film.

“Many actors left us in the process of the making of this film. Some didn’t have the courage to carry on with the harsh shoots on the scorching sun in the mountains and some simply dint believe in the film until one day the official trailer was released.”, Shamoon said.

But before the film was set to be released in Pakistan, Durj made its debut at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. However, it is disappointing to know that the film has received a ban in its home country.

Starring Shamoon Abbasi, Sherry Shah, Maira, Nouman Javaid, and Dodi Khan the movie’s future is not sure for now. However, Shamoon hopes that the matter will be sorted as soon as possible.









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