A local court in Lahore has summoned the filmmaker's legal team for a final discussion on a petition filed for a lifetime ban on filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat's upcoming film 'Zindagi Tamasha'. Anjuman Mahria Nasiriyah, a social organization, had filed a petition in the Sessions Court in Lahore on July 16 seeking a life ban on 'Zindagi Tamasha'.
On July 16, Additional Sessions Judge Wasim Ahmed held a brief hearing on the petition filed by the organization and sought a reply from Sarmad Khoosat by July 27. The petition, filed by the organization, argued that the film targeted religious sects and that if the film was released, there would be an uproar in society. The petition also asked the court to impose a life ban on the spectacle.
Following the filing of the petition, the case was again heard briefly in the Sessions Court on July 29, and Additional Sessions Judge Shakeel Amin adjourned the hearing, summoning Sarmad Khost and his lawyers for a final discussion on the film on August 8 next month. The petition for a lifetime ban on 'Life Spectacle' was filed at a time when the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights had recently approved the release of the film.
The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights said on July 14 that it had reviewed the film, but found no objectionable material. The chairman of the committee, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), had said in his tweet that 'Zindagi Tamasha' could be released after the Korona epidemic. The trailer for "Life Spectator" was released last year and has been featured in the movie Busan in South Korea.
Following the release of the film's trailer, the religious party announced nationwide protests against the film, after which the filmmaker initially removed the trailer from YouTube, but the government later stopped showing the film. Although the film was initially cleared for release by the Film Censor Board, the federal government suspended the screening of the film after protests by religious groups and announced that it would refer the matter to the Islamic Ideological Council.
After the film was sent to the Islamic Ideological Council, the Senate Subcommittee on Human Rights took note of the matter and reviewed the film, which was cleared for release on July 14. Filmmaker Sarmad Khost had also filed a petition in the Lahore Civil Court after the screening of the film was stopped and religious organizations threatened to protest against the film, but no decision has been taken on his petition so far.
'Zindagi Tamasha' has been accused of misrepresenting religious figures, while filmmakers have denied the allegations, claiming that the film's story revolves around a 'good cleric' and that any individual in the film No person, sect or religion has been misinterpreted.