- Zinda Bhaag - an­other suc­cess in iso­la­tion

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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.

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