The Punjab government’s information department on Tuesday notified Sarmat Khoosat, the director of the controversial film Zindagi Tamasha that his film will be re-examined “in the wake of persistent complaints received from different quarters”.
In the notice, Khoosat has been requested to arrange a show in this regard “in any cinema house” on February 3 at 3pm, so it may be reviewed.
The director has also been instructed not to release the film “till final decision of the committee”. Additionally, he has been asked to ensure the presence of a representative “for personal hearing, if required by the committee”.
Sadly, the answer to that is that the unofficial censor board of Pakistan, namely the mullah community have more power than anyone else. Whenever a controversy regarding religion arises, even the govt ends up giving in to the demands of the mullah. The re-examining of a movie which was cleared by all censorship boards just goes to say how the artistic expression of the artists is always undermined in this country.