Director and actor Sarmad Khoosat’s much-awaited film Zindagi Tamasha is all set to finally release in cinemas across Pakistan in March 2022. The film has finally been allowed to release, after facing many delays as a result of being banned from release earlier in 2019.
According to the production company Khoosat Films which has released the film’s third official trailer on YouTube, the film now has a new release date in March 2022.
The film was directed by Sarmad Khoosat and written by Nirmal Bano. The cast includes Arif Hassan, Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, and Ali Kureshi.
Earlier in 2020, the federal government had postponed the release of Zindagi Tamasha, after the Tahreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) , a political party – threatened to hold protests against the film’s release despite the fact that it had been cleared twice by censor boards.
In response, the filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat wrote an open letter to PM Imran Khan with regards to the film, which was supposed to release in January 2020. Khoosat had stated, “As a law-abiding citizen and with full conviction that there is nothing offensive or malicious in Zindagi Tamasha, I submitted the film for another review to the censor board. It was cleared once again with a few cuts to appease the complainants. Just a week before the release, another attempt is being made by the same group to stop it and this time, they are hell-bent on using pressurising tactics.”
Following this, in November 2020 Zindagi Tamasha was selected from Pakistan for entry to the Oscars. Sarmad had said “I made this film in Pakistan and foremost, for Pakistan, for my people and the misfortune that my people have remained deprived of it weighs quite heavy on my artistic conscience.” The film also won the Snow Leopard Award for Best Film at the Asian World Film Festival. The Snow Leopard Award for Best Actor went to Arif Hassan for his performance in the film.
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