Sanam Saeed Criticises Ban On Shamoon Abbasi’s Durj In Pakistan
Actor Sanam Saeed has shown concerns over the banning of two Pakistani films by the country’s censor board.
She took to social media to share her thoughts on Shamoon Abbasi’s film Durj which was set to release in the country, but was not cleared by the censor board.
“Why are films like Durj banned?” Sanam questioned. “If Hollywood films with all their sexual innuendos and violence and dark topics can play in our cinemas then why can’t our independent out-of-the-box films like Durj be played?”
Why are films like #Durj
Banned. If Hollywood films with all their sexual innuendos and violence and dark topics can play in our cinemas then why can’t our independent out of the box films like Durj be played??@shamoonAbbashttps://t.co/xV5vZ1cKtx
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) October 14, 2019
According to the film’s director, the story revolves around cannibalism and is inspired by true events. The film was rejected by the provincial censor boards which “viewed the feature film as per prevalent censorship rules and did not consider it appropriate for public exhibition in cinema houses.”
Sanam Saeed made a strong point by saying that most Hollywood films are allowed to run in Pakistani cinemas while local films face problems with the censor board.
According to Abbasi, the film is very sensitive and shows no blood and gore. He said that it was not the kind of film that could be outrightly banned.
After failing to get clearance from the censor board in Pakistan, the film would now be released internationally.