Culture Ministry gives green light to Mehrjuii’s new film

TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) -- Dariush Mehrjuii’s “Mir-e Noruzi”, a children-themed story, was granted a production license by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance on Tuesday.

The film’s screenplay was written by Sonbol Rahimi, producer Framarz Farazmand told the Persian service of Fars News Agency.

 

“In my opinion, it is very nice and Dariush Mehrjuii has approved it,” he added.

 

The preproduction process will begin in late June, he said.

 

A huge controversy arose over Mehrjuii’s latest film “The Santur Player,” about a drug addict santur virtuoso and singer, after it was pirated.

 

The Culture Ministry had already delayed the premiere of the film several times.

 

“The Santur Player” producer Farazmand accused the Culture Ministry of the act of piracy.

 

The screening of the film had also been postponed several times during the 2007 Fajr Film Festival. However, it was finally showcased with its soundtrack censored, allegedly to show respect for the mourning season of Muharram.

 

Afterwards, the Culture Ministry refused to give the film a screening license because Mohsen Chavoshi sang on the soundtrack.

 

The ministry said that the songs had not been approved by its relevant departments for musical affairs.

 

Thus, the film’s composer, Ardavan Kamkar, had to record the songs using the voice of Bahram Radan, the leading actor in the film.

 

Producers and filmmakers have to apply for a production license for their screenplays from the Culture Ministry in Iran. No production in the entertainment industry is allowed to be screened or published without the ministry’s permit.

 

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