Amid the entire Padmavati mess, a Pakistani film, Raees star Mahira Khan’s Verna, almost ended up getting banned for revolving around the topic of rape. According to a The Times Of India report, a member of the Punjab Censor Board said, “Firstly, it shows a governor’s son involved in a rape case which was the biggest objection. Secondly, it includes many bold dialogues and scenes. The general plot of the movie revolves around rape, which we consider to be unacceptable.”
At a media event, Deepika Padukone was also asked about this suggested ban, and this is what she had to say about the unnecessary protests around films, “Yes, It’s sad that a small section of people don’t understand the power of cinema and what it can do to the world. It brings people together, it spreads love, it’s fascinating what cinema can do and it’s sad that a certain group of people choose to not recognize that.”
The Pakistani premiere of Verna got canceled in the entire fiasco. But, thankfully the film did get a release on the same Friday it was supposed to, eventually. The censor board cleared it with an A certificate. According to several Pakistani news publications, the Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) General Secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar had said that “The topic is rape, and the culprit is the governor’s son. The film doesn’t have to be banned, and can be tweaked and censored a bit to be deemed fit for release.”
Yesterday Mahira Khan took to her Instagram and shared this with the caption, “The disclaimer before #verna starts.”
Now ain’t that hilarious? The makers of Verna surely know how to be scathingly witty.
Before Padmavati got postponed from its scheduled release Deepika had said this about the entire row surrounding the Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus: “It’s appalling, it’s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed. The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film.”