Durj’s release being dragged in the Gulf region as well
Shamoon Abbasi’s highly anticipated film based on the real story of a Pakistani cannibal has been under the gun for months concerning its release in Pakistan.
Although ‘Durj’ didn’t face as many obstacles in scheduling release in other continents, its release did get postponed in the Gulf region.
At first, the federal board in Pakistani did not feel comfortable with the film pushing societal limits and imposed a ban, although two provincial censor boards had given it a green light.
The movie has now been postponed in the Gulf region for an undefined limit, without providing a reason for dragging its release.
“With the heavy heart, I have to announce that the Gulf release that was due today on October 10, 2019, has now been postponed for an unknown period of time because of this anonymous ban on #Durj. I hope the censor board Islamabad is satisfied now,” Abbasi wrote in a social media post on Thursday.
Hello Durj fans
With a heavy heart @Shaamfilms announces that @durjthemovie #DURJ
That had to be released in the Gulf region on the 10 Oct.2019,has been post poned due to the anonymous ban by the islamabad censor board the ministery of foreign affairs cannot provide the #NOC
— Shamoon Abbasi official (@shamoonAbbasi) October 9, 2019
He added, “We are shocked and surprised that we had to lose the entire Gulf region because of this. We hope to continue with the due diligence in the future and will continue to ask for a solution to this matter as a lot of financial losses are already underway because of this ban.”
It was intended to be released on October 18 in Pakistan. Abbasi is still trying his luck in getting the movie to hit release in its homeland by making an appeal.
Shamoon asked the authorities to review the movie with a full board panel. He made this request by signing an appeal. The actor requested to solve the matter as soon as possible to avoid any further damage. The appeal for the second review has so far been accepted.
#DURJ updates 13th October 2019 :
Federal censor board islamabad has accepted our second review appeal with a full board panel
And #DURJ will be reviewed again tomorrow on Monday 14/10/19
@ 6pm at centaurus mall islamabad inshallah,
We are hoping that the we get a fair panel!
— Shamoon Abbasi official (@shamoonAbbasi) October 13, 2019
The cast of the movie includes Maira Khan, Nauman Khan, Sherry Shah and Shamoon himself. It has already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, 72nd edition.