Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha created a lot of controversies. Primarily, it was because of the protests of the Islamic political party, Tehreek I Labaik Pakistan. According to TLP, this movie contains blasphemous content, and it will only push people away from Islam. Sarmad Khoosat was threatened to make this film.
Here are some of the facts that you may not know about Sarmad Khoosat’s Zindagi Tamasha:
1. It is not about child molestation
The film is accused of portraying a religious man (moulvi) as a child predator. Religious groups say that the film insults moulvis. However, the film has nothing to do with child molestation. Its plot has an entirely different story.
2. It does not portray scholars in the wrong way
Some people accused the film of representing Islamic Scholars negatively. That’s also not the case. According to Sarmad Khoosat, the film only shows the life of a bearded man who is a good Muslim.
3. Sarmad Khoosat himself funds it
Sarmad Khoosat was accused of making this film out of foreign funding. However, the actor denied these rumors and accusations. He said that he funded the film himself.
3. It does not depict any taboo issue
Because of the controversy surrounding the film, people think it deals with a taboo issue. However, the film raises no such question.
4. It will not push you away from the path of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
“It will push you away from the path of Islam and Prophet Muhammad,” is probably the most said thing about this film by religious extremist groups. The film, on the other hand, shows nothing that would do so.
5. It won top fiction prize in Busan International Film
Zindagi Tamasha is the first-ever Pakistani movie to win an international film award. It won the top prize in the fiction category at Busan International Film Festival.
6. Censor Board cleared it before TLP’s threats.
Surprisingly, the Censor Board cleared Zindagi Tamasha before. The controversy around the film started in October when Tehreek e Labaik Pakistan threatened to protest all over the country.
7. It’s about a bearded man who’s shunned by society after he posts videos reciting naats
The film is neither about a moulvi nor an Islamic scholar but a bearded man. The society shuns him after he posts videos reciting naats.
8. Senate board has now cleared the film
The good news is that the Senate board has cleared the film. This board was made after the protests.
Senate HR committee has unanimously agreed with the Censor board’s decision to allow screening of movie “zindagi tamasha.” We’ve found nothing wrong with it. Censor board has our go-ahead to release post Covid. Detail reasoning to follow later.
— Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar (@Mustafa_PPP) July 14, 2020
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