The Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat continues facing problems for his new film “Zindagi Tamasha.” After getting various threatening messages and phone calls, Sarmad Khoosat asked his followers on twitter whether he should withdraw Zindagi Tamasha.
Sarmad Khoosat wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister Imran Khan in which he discussed about the threats he received for his movie Zindagi Tamasha.
Getting dozens of threatening phone calls and msgs. Should I withdraw Zindagi Tamasha? pic.twitter.com/OJB396B1xq
— Sarmad Khoosat (@KhoosatSarmad) January 19, 2020
Sarmad Khoosat said that “I did not make Zindagi Tamasha to hurt, offend or malign anyone.”
The Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat added “It’s a story about a ‘good enough Muslim’ – there was/is no mention of a sect, party or faction of any sort. Neither in the uncensored nor the censored version. If a bearded man is to be generically called a molvi, then trust me, this is/was a film about a good molvi. An empathetic and heartfelt story of a bearded who is so much more than just that. He is a human being portrayed through a very humane eye. Well, forget it!”
He added “As an artist, the last thing I’d ever want to achieve through my artistic expression is anarchy or hatred. No! That’s not what an artist does. Or at least I don’t.”
He continue to say that one of his friend has advised him to can the film, a film for which he spent two years of his life and all his career savings on
In the letter, Sarmad Khoosat also wrote, “Having said that, I don’t want anyone to have the pleasure of banning my film because legally, officially and morally, no one can…As a good, responsible citizen, I do not want my cities’ roads being blocked, people’s businesses and everyday routines disrupted or any other form of unnecessary trouble and chaos in the name of ‘just a film’.”
The frustration can be sensed by his words as he explains on how the movie had been cleared by all three censor boards after multiple viewings.
He further revealed “The only censor cuts on the original version were some slang and colloquial words expressing anger. It never had any other ‘objectionable’ content.”
He added that he is a patriot, a man of faith and that we must not “spew hate, fear and anger in the name of religion”. He concluding the four page note and said that he has left this up to his Allah now.
Taking to Facebook, Sarmad Khoosat also shared one of the hundreds of menacing messages he’s been receiving.
The actor of Zindagi Tamasha, Eman Suleman shared the note of the director, adding, “I don’t know what to say except, I’m sorry you might not get to watch this, which is a tragedy, because this film was made for Pakistan.”
Many extended their support, including Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed and Mira Sethi among others
The official censor board has cleared this film.
The unofficial censor board – the one that wields street power – is threatening Sarmad Khoosat and his team.
Deeply disturbing and problematic. https://t.co/m6hac9qKOC
— Mira Sethi (@sethimirajee) January 19, 2020
The government must address this at the earliest. Filmmaking in Pakistan is already a tough challenge; those who dare to venture into it need to be encouraged and appreciated https://t.co/H2ZP1Wjd8H
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) January 18, 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.
Mushkil ko bata ke tera Allah kitna bara hai @KhoosatSarmad https://t.co/AGVeTl8Dfh
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) January 19, 2020
Zindagi Tamasha is a bilingual film which is directed and co-produced by Sarmad Khoosat and his sister, Kanwal Khoosat. The film is mostly shot in Lahore and is written by NCA graduate Nirmal Bano. The cast of the movie includes Samiya Mumtaz, Arif Hassan, Ali Qureshi and Eman Suleman in pivotal roles and the soundtrack has been composed by Lux Style Award winners, Saakin.