According to a resolution made on Wednesday by the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, the Council of Islamic Ideology will not review Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha.
The Senate Committee has requested a copy of the film to the Central Board of Film Censors.
Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, the committee chairman, said in a tweet on Wednesday that the committee took note of the film’s ban. He said he was shocked to hear that the film was cleared twice.
“We directed that the screening for the CII should be held in abeyance till the committee views and decides whether there is something objectionable in it or not.”
This was decided by Senator Khokar after an in-camera session to discuss the film, where the central and provincial censor boards briefed him.
During the meeting a Central Board of Film Censors official told the senator that the film was submitted to them last July for review. The board gave a clearance certificate only a few days later.
He clarified that leaders of the civil society and Tehreek-e-Labbaik had raised objections to the release of the film on January 16. The next day, if the film was released the TLP declared a countrywide strike.
A few days later the censor boards of Sindh and Punjab declared they would not allow release of the film.
The senator was told that the movie was not banned but the release was “on hold” as people had raised concerns after seeing the trailer of the film.
Senator Khokhar, speaking to the media after the meeting, said a screening would be scheduled for 16 March. If the film doesn’t have anything offensive in it, he said we’ll clear it for immediate release.