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Punjab govt stops the release of Zindagi Tamasha

Punjab govt stops the release of Zindagi Tamasha

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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”.

Why is there a need to re-examine Zindagi Tamasha?

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.

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