Earlier CBFC refused to issue a ‘NOC’ to Shamoon Abbasi’s ‘Durj’
Shamoon Abbasi’s ‘Durj’ is in the news after facing a ban in Pakistan by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) a few days before its worldwide release. Sadly, Durj’s Gulf release has also been postponed for an unknown period of time.
According to sources, ‘Durj’ was initially cleared by the Sindh and Punjab censor boards but the decision was later revoked after the central board intervened. Chairman CBFC Danial Gilani had said that the board cannot ban any film however, the members of the central board think that the subject of ‘Durj’ is inappropriate to be discussed openly.
Shamoon Abbasi shared on Twitter that Durj’s Gulf release has been postponed for an unknown period of time due to the anonymous ban.
Hello Durj fans
With a heavy heart @Shaamfilms announces that
That had to be released in the Gulf region on the 10 Oct.2019,has been post poned due to the anonymous ban by the islamabad censor board the ministery of foreign affairs cannot provide the #NOC
Starring Shamoon Abbasi, Sherry Shah, Maira Khan and Nouman Javed, ‘Durj’ revolves around the theme of cannibalism and is based on true events. The central board objected that the film contains scenes where cannibals are shown digging dead bodies from the grave and it is not suitable for the audience.
The writer.director Shamoon Abbasi even requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to look into this matter as he believed that this is a personal vendetta.
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Disclaimer: If there is any issue in the film #DURJ it should be pointed out and we will delete what is concerning for the censor board, Banning the film completely seems like a personal vendetta against #DURJ Just because the film was reaching to a new high in Pakistan, it shouldn't be simply banned, Legally there is always another appeal that combines another panel of reviewers to sort out such matters and we will expect that we will be provided with all the available options to save #Durj in pakistan The world censor boards has given 14a certification to Durj, which explains that the film is viewable for kids above 13 years then how come it is unsuitable for viewing in Pakistan, where every kind of masala movies with below the belt jokes are welcomed every year banning #DURJ in Pakistan is setting a bad example honestly true stories needs to be told to the audiences for awareness.. #DURJ is a thought full film not a gorey or bloody movie, the audiences have supported it for so long and still are.. We request every one to help us in the process of spreading the word so it reaches to the authorities concerned to this matter However #DURJ is releasing across America,🇺🇸 Canada🇨🇦, Uk🇬🇧 Norway🇩🇰 and Denmark 🇳🇴 on its given date 11oct 2019 inshallah We are looking forward for your help and support to save #DURJ for Pakistan #SupportDurj Pakistan zindabad 🇵🇰
Shamoon also filed an appeal to the Chairman Central Board of Film Censors Danial Gilani to review his film with a new panel of analysts.
He expressed concerns that whether his film will get an NOC by CBFC before its big release in Pakistan on 18th October.
Meanwhile, Shamoon Abbasi is also updating the response from the audience after the exclusive screening of ‘Durj’ at Bradford, Cineworld in London.