Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat has been receiving dozens of threatening phone calls and messages over his upcoming film Zindagi Tamasha.
Khoosat posted an open letter on his official Twitter account, asking people if he should withdraw the film.
Getting dozens of threatening phone calls and msgs. Should I withdraw Zindagi Tamasha? pic.twitter.com/OJB396B1xq— Sarmad Khoosat (@KhoosatSarmad) January 19, 2020
Many people, including many Pakistani celebrities showed their support and asked Sarmad not to withdraw the film.
No, please! We deserve to see this film! Resist. We are with you!— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) January 19, 2020
Hi @ImranKhanPTI this is happening under your watch pls ensure that Sarmad is able to release his film and he and his team are safe from harm’s way. You owe it to the artists and those who stood with you to bring tabdeeli. Stand with them & support them please. #ZindagiTamasha— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) January 19, 2020
More power to you. We are keenly awaiting the release so that we can go and see it in our cinemas.— Husham Ahmed (@hushamahmed) January 19, 2020
Time and again we are made to realise our power and our influence. A film ( that people haven’t seen) can make some this scared.— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) January 19, 2020
Mushkil ko bata ke tera Allah kitna bara hai @KhoosatSarmad https://t.co/AGVeTl8Dfh
Khoosat addressed “Pakistan and Pakistanis”. He is asking the people of Pakistan whether he should withdraw Zindagi Tamasha.
“I did not make Zindagi Tamasha to hurt, offend or malign anyone. It’s a story about a ‘good enough Muslim,” reads the letter.
Khoosat once again clarified that the film doesn’t contain any objectionable content and the movie has been cleared by the censor board.
“There was/is no mention of a sect, party or faction of any sort. Neither in the uncensored nor the censored version,” said Khoosat.
He noted that if a bearded man is generally referred to as a maulvi then his film is about a good maulvi.
“An empathetic and heartfelt story of a bearded man who is so much more than just that. He is a human being portrayed through a very human eye,” he said.