The National Film and Video has ordered cinemas nationwide to stop showing a recently released movie, Sugar Rush.
The NVFCB, Executive Director, Adedayo Thomas, recently made open to the PUNCH, the grounds with which the movie Sugar Rush, recently released, failed to meet the standards of the Censors Board. The suspension of the movie was prior to now, linked to its involvement in portraying the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as an incompetent organisation.
The board claimed that its decision was not due to the pressure from the EFCC, it said in its statement that the board is not political in issues like that. The film, has however gone to gross about N160m since its release on December 25, 2019.
The star actor Bankole ‘Banky W’ Willington, who was also largely involved in publicizing the movie has shown his optimism in his tweet saying: “Thank you all so much for the support that our film Sugar Rush has received. Unfortunately, due to issues that are way beyond our control, Sugar Rush has been suspended from playing in cinemas.
“We’re hoping the issues will be resolved quickly, so we can resume screening as soon as possible.”Banky W
He also in a later tweet, alleged that; “If you saw Sugar Rush movie and loved it, or if you planned to, please read our statements. We are very hopeful and optimistic that the film will be back on screens in a few days, so please don’t give up on us, and please stay optimistic with us.
“Your love and support mean the world to us. Thank you to NFVCB for helping us rectify any issues. Please stay tuned, by God’s grace you will see our film again very soon. Please stay positive people!! Love you all,” he tweeted.
The NVFCB boss also explained that Sugar Rush did not meet the required approval before screening at the theatres. It wasonly given a temporary approval, he said. “The temporary one lapsed before they could complete the process of getting the permanent one.
Mr. Thomas also added that he had met with the producers of the movie and was hopeful that things would be resolved soon.