ISLAMABAD: After 13 years of being undercover, glimpses of the epic film Jinnah resurfaced in the quaintly adorned common room of Kuch Khaas. The premier of Asif Arbab and Imran Rizvi’s sensational documentary ‘Dare To Dream’ on the making of the movie
Jinnah was an intimate and exclusive event that kept the attendees enraptured and intrigued.
The event was wonderfully arranged by Kuch Khaas with an iftar dinner preceding the screening that was enjoyed by a vast array of intellectuals from around Islamabad.
From the wicker baskets in the corner of the room to the art work adorning the place mats on the tables, the aura resonated with artistic touches. The attendees included Aruna Kamal, a freelance socio-economist, Omayr Saiyid, director the Karachi based clothing store YELLOW and Ameena Saiyid,
managing director of the Oxford University Press, to name a few.
Dare To Dream focused not only on the making of the film Jinnah but also highlighted the reasons for its lengthy exile from the silver screen. It not only depicts the challenges and achievements the cast
and crew faced during the entire process of the film but
also included exclusive interviews of cast members including Sir Christopher Lee, Maria Aitkin, Shrin Shah and Sashi Kapoor.
The documentary spurred healthy conversation amongst the attendees regarding the role of the media and press in Pakistan’s political infrastructure which led to many people voicing their opinions as to how the film Jinnah and Dare to Dream should be ‘released to the public’ so they can understand the difficulties
that have marred the history of this nation.
Dare to Dream ignited a little flame amongst its viewers to strive to learn the truth about their nations’ founder and understand the choices he made for what they really were.
Imran Rizvi graciously welcomed praise from friends and family, with the attendees leaving Kuch Khaas with a new sense of purpose and loyalty to their country.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2010.