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Sindh, Punjab block release of Zindagi Tamasha as producers move court against TLP interference

The Sindh and Punjab governments moved on Tuesday to block the release of the controversial film Zindagi Tamasha in the respective provinces. According to a notice by the Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC), the decision was taken in view of the potential for the film to create unrest . If the film is released for public exhibition, it may create unrest within the religious segment of the society and may deteriorate and be detrimental to the peaceful circumstances in the country, read the SBFC notice. The board has advised all cinema exhibitors and distributors to avoid the film s exhibition till further decision by it. Meanwhile, the Punjab government s information department 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 . Khoosat Films files petition against TLP Director of Khoosat Films Private Limited Irfan Ali Khoosat has filed a petition in a Lahore civil court against the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) for trying to interfere into the smooth running, public screening/releasing of the movie Zindagi Tamasha. In the petition, Irfan urged the court to [restrain] the defendant permanently from interfering into the peaceful releasing/public screening of above-named film on big screen/cinema in all over Pakistan illegally, unlawfully . The petition says that by releasing Zindagi Tamasha, Khoosat Films aimed to bring the soft image of the society among the public at large, to reduce the stress from the minds of peoples (sic) of the country and to promote the positivity in the society . It further points out that the movie had been cleared for release by all censor boards in the country. The defendant (TLP) who has no concern whatsoever with the above-said film is trying to interfere into the smooth running public screening/releasing of the above-mentioned film in cinema screen all around the country without any lawful justification, the petition read. The petition has named Sindh Film Censor Board, Punjab Film Censor Board and Markazi Film Censor Board as respondents. It has been clarified, however, that the censor boards were mere [proforma] defendants and the plaintiff has not claim (sic) any relief against them . On Tuesday (today), the petition was heard by judge Ziaur Rehman, who issued notices to all respondents to appear before the court tomorrow to present their arguments. Last week, the filmmaker had addressed an open letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, claiming — without taking names — that there were attempts to stop his film from releasing despite it being cleared by the central censor board. On Sunday, he posted another open letter, this time addressed to my beloved Pakistan and Pakistanis , questioning whether he should withdraw Zindagi Tamasha or not. He clarified in his letters that the film did not contain any objectionable content and had already been cleared by the censor boards.


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