Published On: Wed, Jun 29th, 2016

SBFC regrets on Fakhr-e-Alam’s resignation


fakhrPakistani well known singer and actor Fakhr-e-Alam was heading the Sindh Board of Film Censors (SBFC) and was much busy with the job. After the assassination of Amjad Sabri, the singer and TV host started a campaign, with some other artists and demanded security from the government for all the showbiz personalities. Though, it currently looks that he is also irritating the Pakistan Peoples Party’s led Sindh government, as he left his job on Monday.

Pursuing the approval of his resignation, SBFC authorities have lashed out, repenting the turn of occasions. SBFC Secretary Abdul Razzaq Khuhawar admired his ex-boss in an interview for operating a tight ship. He stated that “Whatever happened does not take away from the fact that he did an excellent job as chairman,” In accord with Khuhawar, board member Umer Khitab stated the resignation a terrific loss for Pakistani cinema. He told that “He was one of the few people who were genuinely concerned about the film industry,” he further added “For instance, his first act after assuming office was removing the censorship fee that is still charged by the Punjab and central boards.”

Khitab is of the view that Alam endeavor his best to take the board at par with international standards. He continued that “One of his major achievements was revising the 60-year-old censor code but unfortunately it could not be implemented as it is yet to be approved,” The board member further added that the novel head is as well going to be someone not linked with the government.

The head of IMGC Entertainment, which is Pakistan’s major movie distribution company, Amjad Rasheed, stated that “Alam was the most liberal and cooperative chairman we have worked with,” he further added “The government should try and bring him back.” Rasheed said earlier corruption was rampant in the board and they had to spend a lot of money for getting films Okayed. “He changed all of that,” he continued by saying that “Many a times; different parties would force us to excise different scenes from movies. Alam took it upon himself and never brought us in a tight corner.”

The movie distributor further added that there have been examples where the federal government issued NOCs for movies at 12 in the night. He said “He would call a review meeting there and then and ensure that the film was certified for the next day’s release,” He told preceding SBFC bosses were either too artsy or too bureaucratic. “This man knew film and he was not a bad administrator at all” he added.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.