Verna now cleared for screening with no cuts


KARACHI: After a long battle with the censor boards, Shoaib Mansoor’s Verna has been allowed to be released nationwide by the Information Ministry, according to the latest reports. Speaking to a private media news outlet, lead actress Mahira Khan said that Marriyam Aurangzeb stood with them against the censor board to grant Verna permission to be released in Punjab.
Earlier in the day, the Central Board of Film Censors Chairman Mobashir Hasan confirmed to a private media outlet that the CBFC has passed Verna “without any cuts or mutes”. He said, “It is confirmed that film Verna has been declared suitable and fit for public exhibition. CBFC has issued censor certificate to the producer. CBFC has regulatory jurisdiction [over] cinema houses located in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and those located in the cantonment areas across the country.” According to Hum Films’ PR representatives, the film will screen in Sindh, Islamabad and cantonment areas across the country, but awaits a No Objection Certificate in Punjab. Amidst the controversy, the film’s team had to cancel all the movie premiers and the lead actors took to social media to address their thoughts and views.
Screening abroad
While the fate of Shoaib Mansoor’s Verna remains unclear in Pakistan, the film appears to be set for release in cinemas tomorrow internationally. According to an entry on the website of British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the film has been approved for screening with no cuts. The BBFC made note of Verna’s scenes of rape and strong threats and has given the film a rating of 15, which means the film is suitable only for 15 years and over.
Hum Films’ PR team confirmed that the film is releasing internationally on schedule. In the US and Canada, an online survey of cinema showtimes confirms this.
Verna is playing in Canada tomorrow at the following venues: Cineplex Cinemas Courtney Park, Cineplex Cinemas Strawberry Hill and York Cinemas.
Similarly, in the US, Verna is running at multiple cinemas, including several AMC screens. The film is also said to be releasing in seven Australian cities, as well as France and Denmark.