- Zinda Bhaag - another success in isolation
Pakistan does not have a film industry to talk about but filmmakers from the country do end up making good films and winning awards, though in isolation. The latest is the bilingual Pakistani film ‘Zinda Bhaag’ which is being released on September 6 in Pakistan.
Zinda Bhaag (Escape Alive) revolves around young people and their urge to find short cuts to life. Farjad Nabi, Meenu Gaur and Mazhar Zaidi are the main people behind the film.
Work on the script of the film started in April 2011 and it went into production in March 2012. The story is set in Lahore and the producers expect that people will relate to it and enjoy the film immensely, since it is set against themes that are relevant and significant to people living in Pakistan and South Asia.
Most of the cast was chosen from initial auditions and though most actors had no previous acting experience, they participated in rehearsals and workshops. A week long acting workshop was also conducted by the Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, who plays one of the central characters in the film.
The film has already won four awards in three categories at the Mosaic MISAFF Festival in Toronto, including Best Film and Best Music and two awards in acting for Amna Ilyas and Naghma Begum.
Zinda Bhaag beat Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist amongst other international top contenders for the Best Film Award. The award was given to the directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi.
The Mosaic MISAFF Jury headed by Kirk Cooper said the film was entertaining yet saddening in its music and art direction and overall innovation in storytelling. The film’s music used vernacular, folk and classical elements and original music composition in its soundtrack. The film’s original sound track boasts such names as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Abrar ul Haq, Amanat Ali and Arif Lohar amongst others. Amna Ilyas and Naghma Begum were recognized for bringing wit, intelligence and humor to their acting roles.