After 2-Year Delay Due To Extremist Backlash, 'Zindagi Tamasha' All Set To Be Released

After 2-Year Delay Due To Extremist Backlash, 'Zindagi Tamasha' All Set To Be Released
Pakistani film 'Zindagi Tamasha' that tackles the issue of religious intolerance is all set to be released in cinemas in early 2022 after its initial release was delayed over protest by extremist quarters including the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

Following the protest organised by the TLP, which delayed the release that was planned for January 24, 2020, Khoosat filed a petition in a court in Lahore against the TLP for “trying to interfere into the smooth running, public screening/releasing” of the film.

According to the petition, the film aimed to “ bring the soft image of the society among the public at large", "to reduce the stress from the minds of people" and to "promote the positivity in the society”.

Senate Committee for Human Rights also endorsed the movie for release in July 2020 but to no avail.

The film is described on YouTube as being "an intimate portrait of a family as well as a scorching political commentary on the little gods on this earth who police private passions".

The movie's cast includes Arif Hassan, Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, and Ali Kureshi, is written by Nirmal Bano and directed and produced by Sarmad and Kanwal Khoosat.

The film has already bagged a lot of awards including the prestigious Kim Ji-Seok Award, the Snow Leopard Award for Best Film at the 6th Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) in 2021.

The movie was also Pakistan’s official film entry in the International Feature Film Award category for the Academy Awards in 2020.