Versatile film star Atiqa Odho voiced support for Sarmad Khoosat after his film Zindagi Tamasha faced ban from release by the state’s censor authorities.
Atiqa Odho took to Instagram to show solidarity with the filmmaker.
Sharing a picture of Sarmad, Odho wrote, “Film Art under threat and we should not sit back and allow this to happen… #istandwithsarmadkhoosat #zindagitamasha.”
Hours after the censor boards in Sindh and Punjab banned the film.
Prime minister’s information advisor Firdous Ashiq Awan said the central censor board has decided to approach the Council of Islamic Ideology for a critical review of Sarmad Khoosat’s directorial Zindagi Tamasha.
Yesterday, the Sindh Board of Films and Censor banned upcoming Pakistani film “Zindagi Tamasha” three days before its release.
A notification issued by the board said it had previously examined and cleared the Sarmad Khoosat’s directorial film.
But now, it has informed that the content may create unrest within a segment of the society.
“If the film titled above released for public exhibition, it may create un-rest within the religious segment of the society.”
“IT may deteriorate and be detrimental to the peaceful circumstances in the country.”
Therefore, it is advised not to release the Film for public-exhibition till further decision by the Sindh Board of Films Censor,” said the notification.
The decision to ban the film followed a similar move by the censor authorities in Punjab earlier today.
Sarmad Khoosat directed and co-produced Zindagi Tamasha along with sister Kanwal Khoosat.
Zindagi Tamasha is a bilingual movie, which has been shot in Lahore.
Nirmal Bano, a fresh NCA graduate wrote the film.
Zindagi Tamasha features model turned actress Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, Arif Hasan and Ali Qureshi in pivotal roles.
While, Sarmad will have a special appearance in the upcoming film.