he Senate committee on Human Rights has given the green signal to Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha and has allowed it to be screened post-COVID-19. The film had stimulated controversy for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
Chairperson of the committee and PPP Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar made the announcement on social media and said that the committee found nothing wrong with the film. He said that the film are often screened when cinema halls open post-COVID.
While detailed reasoning on the committee’s decision is awaited, Senator Khokhar while chatting with the present said: “It was a unanimous decision by all Senators of the Human Rights Committee who watched the movie together in Senate’s committee room. Nobody thought there was anything wrong with it. Waleed Iqbal from PTI was also one among the senators who watched it, albeit he wasn’t a part of the Human Rights Committee.”
He added: “It’s a really good movie, i used to be touched by it; was beautifully shot. i might recommend that everybody should watch it once it’s released.”
Zindagi Tamasha, which was scheduled to hit screens on January 25, was stopped from being released days before its release after the federal and provincial governments feared public unrest.
While the federal had said that the film are going to be reviewed by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), the Punjab Government had directed the filmmaker to carry a screening on February 3 in order that the film are often reviewed again. However, no screening has taken place so far . it’s pertinent to say here that the provincial and central censor boards had earlier cleared the film for release with a couple of cuts.
Sarmad had also appealed to the Prime Minister, President, Chief of Army Staff and therefore the judge of Pakistan to facilitate the discharge of the film.
Written by Nirmal Bano and directed by Khoosat, Zindagi Tamasha starres Arif Hassan, Samiya Mumtaz, Eman Suleman and Ali Qureshi within the lead. The film is centred around a naat khwan Rahat Khawaja (played by Hassan) and his family who are outcast from the society when a secret of Khawaja’s is leaked.
The official synopsis states: “The film is an intimate portrait of a family also as a scorching political commentary on little gods on this earth who police our private passions.”
The film premiered at the Busan International festival held in October 2019 where it also won the distinguished Kim Ji Seok Award.