Shamoon Abbasi’s Durj faces obstacles in release
Producer turned actor Shamoon Abbasi is awaiting a censor approval for its upcoming film Durj.
Durj is based on a real story of a pair of brothers who dug up over 100 graves and cannibalised the corpses., the movie’s storyline has many people awaiting its release.
Initially, the filmmakers had decided that the movie will not be released in Pakistan at all, given that the movie also has two minor nude scenes. The team, however, decided to give it a chance after an overwhelming response from the locals when the international dates were announced.
“We had a hunch that it could be a problem. But when it came to the censor board and — apart from two minor nude scenes — it was cleared, and we thought everything is fine because the film doesn’t have that sort of blood and gore.”
The movie was approved by two censor boards, from Punjab and Sindh, but faced rejection from the federal board.
Speaking on the drag, Abbasi shared that he was uncertain why the movie was only rejected by one board.
“It’s a very sensitive film with no blood or gore, it’s not the type of film to be banned outright as such, so I am not sure what happened,” Abbasi added.
“The objection would be more understandable had there been a unanimous rejection from all four provincial censor boards as well as the federal censor board based in Islamabad, he told Images,” he told media.
Abbasi still hopes his appeal works in his favour.
‘Durj’ was expected to make an international release on October 11, making waves across multiple countries including US, UK, Canada, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. It was intended to be released on October 18 in Pakistan.