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Film: "Santur Player" is victim of indecision: producer

TEHRAN, July 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- "The Santur Palyer" is a victim of Iran's cultural officials' indecision, the film's producer Faramarz Farazmand said on Monday.

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced on Sunday that the premiere of the film has been postponed for an indefinite time. However there has been no official explanation.

"After many modifications and months of indecision, the officials finally issued the screening license for the film, but I don't know what went wrong that they suddenly decided to postpone the film's premiere just three days before screening," Farazmand told the Mehr News Agency.

"If they were definite about their decision to postpone the film's screening, they should have announced it sooner so that we could have avoided the high costs we incurred in advertising the film," he added.

"The Santur Player", which is about a santur virtuoso and singer named Ali, who becomes a drug addict, was modified by cutting out the soundtracks sung by Iranian pop singer Mohsen Chavoshi in order to gain a screening license.

The movie was eventually issued with a license after the soundtracks were replaced with the voice of Bahram Radan, the leading actor in the film.

However, it failed to touch the silver screen again and an official of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Iranian Students News Agency that the decision to postpone the screening results from particular conditions prevailing in Iranian cinema.

"It is really not clear why such a film that contains a message warning about the dangers of drug addiction was not allowed to premiere," Farazmand remarked.

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