Senate HR committee allows screening of Zindagi Tamasha

F.P Report

ISLAMABAD: The Senate functional committee on Human Rights has allowed the release of Sarmad Khoosat’s film ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying the committee has found nothing wrong with the movie.

“Senate HR committee has unanimously agreed with the Censor board’s decision to allow screening of the movie “Zindagi Tamasha”. We’ve found nothing wrong with it. The Censor board has our go-ahead to release post-Covid. Detailed reasoning to follow later, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, who heads the committee, told in a media talk adding that the issue surfaced in international media and various controversies emerged across the world that’s why we watched the movie and approved that.

According to the committee, it has found nothing wrong with the movie and has allowed it to screen in cinemas post-coronavirus across the country.

It should be noted here that In January, the government had announced it would approach the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for a critical review of Zindagi Tamasha. However, in March, Senate’s HR body took up the matter and barred the CII from reviewing it.

Earlier, the censor authorities in Punjab and Sindh had announced that they were banning the release of the movie. The film, written by Nirmal Bano, a fresh graduate from NCA, was set to release on January 24, 2020 while directed and co-produced Khoosat along with his sister Kanwal Khoosat, Zindagi Tamasha is set in Lahore and chronicles the chaos that ensues in the life of a devout elderly man when a video featuring him gets uploaded onto social media. The movie stars Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, Arif Hasan and Ali Qureshi in lead roles.

The release of the film was suspended by the government after facing pressure from Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) and other religious factions in the country. At the time, TLP chief Khadim Rizvi had said that he would do anything to stop the release of Sarmad Khoosat’s upcoming film Zindagi Tamasha. He said that “the film will release over my dead body.”

The protests had resulted in death threats to Khoosat as well. In an open letter, Khoosat had said that the film was not made to hurt, offend or malign anyone and that it has no mention of a sect, party, or faction of any sort. He had said that the film was cleared by three censor boards and the authorities did not find any objectionable material in it.

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