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Sarmad Khoosat Trying his best to save Zindagi Tamasha

Sarmat Khoosat’s Zindagi Tamasha is the most awaited film of the year in Pakistan. Based on a sensitive topic it is facing criticism from many extremist parties including TLP, even though the director has complied with every demand of the censor board on two prior occasions, before receiving the NOC (No Objection Certificate). He had to pen a note on his Social Media to request the officials to allow him to release his film in Pakistan.

In a sincere note on his social media, addressing the President of Pakistan as well as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Chief of the Army Staff and the Information Minister, Sarmad Khoosat has noted that after receiving clearance by all three censor boards of Pakistan, the film “had its world premiere at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival”. The film also won an award during its festival run.

“24th of January was set as the release date. However, a ‘complaint’ was registered against the writer, the producer and me, based on assumptions made from the two and a half minute long trailer.”

He added that the film is neither offensive nor malicious. The film, as Sarmad wrote, was sent to the censor board for another review and came back with some cuts but was cleared.

But as the promotional campaign of the film has begun, says Sarmad, “another attempt is being made by the same group to stop the release of the film and this time they are hell-bent on using pressurizing tactics”.

“24th of January was set as the release date. However, a ‘complaint’ was registered against the writer, the producer and me, based on assumptions made from the two and a half minute long trailer.”

He added that the film is neither offensive nor malicious. The film, as Sarmad wrote, was sent to the censor board for another review and came back with some cuts but was cleared.

But as the promotional campaign of the film has begun, says Sarmad, “another attempt is being made by the same group to stop the release of the film and this time they are hell-bent on using pressurizing tactics”.

Sarmad Khoosat and his team are currently busy in promoting the film in universities and colleges and he is being applauded for the bold step he has taken for the wellbeing of the society.

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