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Classified Vulgarity

Cinemas are among one of the few entertainments we are left with. One of the major ways of enjoyment for younger generation is watching movies with friends and families. However with the passage of time the Pakistani Cinema started to diminish across the country; so the blank spaces and holes left behind were filled with Bollywood and Hollywood. These entertainment industries are providing large variety of popular movies appreciated all over the world and in Pakistan too. Since Lollywood isn’t providing the breakthrough its fair enough to have some thing for the people.

Watching Bollywood or Hollywood movies is on agenda. Atrium cinemas these days are very much in news; they have created a state of the art structure. They have one 3D Cinema and two normal Cinemas. They remain open seven days a week for all without any family restrictions, but even then audience is pretty educated comparing with local cinemas. Recently the famous “Black Swan” was released in Pakistan and its premier show was on 18th. Fortunately or Unfortunately I attended that premier with a friend. Previously I had heard enough about the movie, as a matter of fact up till now the movie has been nominated for 166 times for different categories and different award academies including Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA. It has also won 48 awards till yet.

Here goes the issue; the movie is entitled as Drama, Thriller and Mystery, neglecting the fact that it has many bold, vulgar and sexual scenes. “Adult only” was the caption written on the ticket counter. People expected the movie to be adult in way of language, violence or horror. But I am sure most of them didn’t expect what they were about to see. There were countless extra bold and vulgar scenes in the movie reaching to an extent that does not collaborate with our cultural norms.

Families and couples were forced to leave the show in the mid of the movie. It was shameless and pathetic piece of act. If someone is watching movie in home it’s a personal thing but how can it be telecast to a group of audience of around 300 hundreds. How dare the censor board have passed it for screening? Censor board has to be questioned for it; they have to answer the criteria at which they have judged this movie to show in cinemas of Pakistan.

Atrium Cinemas should also maintain some moral code of ethics that is coherent with the Pakistani culture. We aren’t fully immune to this culture and we don’t have to. These activities had to be stopped right here or else its going to spread like a virus breaching the societal norms and increasing adaptation levels. And no literate person should compare this act with the so called enlighten modernization or open mindedness. There is a very visible line between vulgarity and enlightenment. Censor board and Atrium cinema both should be held responsible and should be questioned for such act.

About the author

Mohammad Shoaib Ishaq

Mohammad Shoaib Ishaq. An Electronics Engineer, Social and Youth Activist, Freelance writer, Music and Sport Freak, looking forward for further studies and continue writing as career.

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