Zinda Bhaag screened at Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Published: October 28, 2013
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Zinda Bhaag was commended by a foreign viewer for being a “powerfully written and entertaining” film.. PHOTO: FILE

Zinda Bhaag was commended by a foreign viewer for being a “powerfully written and entertaining” film.. PHOTO: FILE

ABU DABHI: Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag screened at the ongoing Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 and was a total hit with viewers.

The Naseeruddin Shah-starrer, which is credited with being the first Pakistani film to have been sent for Oscar consideration in the last 50 years, has received immense appreciation for its contribution to rekindling Pakistani cinema. The movie’s cast includes first-time actors Khurram Patras and Salman Ahmad Khan and Zohaib Asghar.

“It’s a very proud moment for us to show the film in UAE,” said Farjad Nabi, who co-director Zinda Bhaag with Meenu Gaur. The movie revolves around the qualms of three Pakistani men in their 20s, who wish to make a living anywhere but in their own country.

The comedy underlines a pertinent and serious issue of how people resort to illegal immigration means and face grave consequences thereafter. The film has been described as quirky and fun but with a message.

Zinda Bhaag was commended by a foreign viewer for being a “powerfully written and entertaining” film. The film has a great number of Indian actors. Gaur said, “It made more sense to get crew members from India as India and Pakistan have a shared culture. It was the best decision we made.”

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  • S
    Oct 28, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Disgusted to read that it was teh best choice to get actors from india. Have a shame give chance to ur own strugling actors?

    disgusted by such people

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  • Raj - USA
    Oct 28, 2013 - 9:42PM

    Saw this movie. We were the only three in the entire theater. This movie was below average. Sub standard acting by all, including Nasuruddin Shan, poor dialogues, etc. Don’t know how Pakistan nominated it for Oscar. The next day we saw Indian movie Boss. It was equally bad. Last week was great disappointment for us.

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  • MJ
    Oct 28, 2013 - 10:50PM

    “It made more sense to get crew members from India as India and Pakistan have a shared culture. It was the best decision we made.” – pathetic excuse.

    Please stop selling it as a Pakistani movie. It is an Indian movie with a story set in Pakistan.

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  • Ali
    Oct 29, 2013 - 12:20AM

    The script and cinematography of the movie are supremely superb. Screenplay and dialogues-delivery were very good, though there still is some room for improvement. Pakistani cinema is certainly going places. Its a must watch comedy flick for everyone :D

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  • optimist
    Oct 29, 2013 - 1:29AM

    @ MJ

    OK bai, this is an Indian movie! You take it and thanks for giving us a lesson!
    .
    Thank God Bilal Leshari didn’t have any Indian in Waar!

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  • Saima
    Oct 30, 2013 - 2:42PM

    Naseer is the only Indian actor in the film as all the other actors are Pakistani. I watched their interview on TV and they said that apart from a few people all the crew was Pakistani. We should be proud of our own films and this is very much a Pakistani film.Recommend

  • Janubaz
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:25PM

    Fact: All the actors of Zinda Bhaag are from Lahore except Naseerudin.
    ET please make correction.Recommend

  • Janubaz
    Oct 30, 2013 - 3:28PM

    @S: All actors of Zinda Bhaag are living in Lahore. I know them all becos my best friend worked in the film. They are living in Samnabad.Recommend

  • Yousuf Mushtaq Ali
    Dec 21, 2013 - 12:13PM

    @Raj ..only three people watching movie at theatre. …refresh ur memory may be u r watching movie at home…Jealous people u don’t have have taste to differentiate between good and bad movie

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  • Yousuf Mushtaq Ali
    Dec 21, 2013 - 12:15PM

    @Raj ..only three people watching movie at theatre. …refresh ur memory may be u r watching movie at home…Jealous people u don’t have have taste to differentiate between good and bad movieRecommend

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