Sarmad Khoosat’s long-awaited film ‘Zindagi Tamasha‘ is finally set to be released after the end of COVID. On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Human Rights approved the film for release.
After discrediting the objections raised against it, PPP Senator and committee chairperson Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar tweeted that they found nothing wrong with the film.
Censor board has our go ahead to release post Covid. Detail reasoning to follow later.
Senate HR committee has unanimously agreed with Censor board’s decision to allow screening of movie “zindagi tamasha”. We’ve found nothing wrong with it. Censor board has our go ahead to release post Covid. Detail reasoning to follow later.
— Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar (@Mustafa_PPP) July 14, 2020
The film was originally set to be released on 24th January. However, it got shelved due to threats and protests by Tehreek-i-Labbaik, a rightwing religious party. According to them, the film was ‘blasphemous’.
The extremist party soon called for a protest in Islamabad. It was then decided by the government to send the movie to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) even though the censor boards cleared the movie twice.
Before the movie could go to CII, the Senate Panel of Human Rights took the matters in its own hands.
If we find something objectionable [in the film], we will forward it to the CII.
HR comte took notice of banning of movie zindagi tamasha. Surprised to find that it was cleared twice but still banned! We directed that screening for CII should b held in abeyance till Commitee views&decides whether there’s something objectionable in it or not. pic.twitter.com/WEklGLswjK
— Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar (@Mustafa_PPP) March 11, 2020
Chairman Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar also addressed the threats from the TIB and said that they will not come under pressure from any political party.
Parliament will exercise its authority … We should not come under pressure of those parties who held Islamabad hostage twice
During these bleak times, the news of Sarmad Khoosat’s long-awaited film’s release definitely feels like a ray of hope.
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