Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat also wants to set something free this time as August is Pakistan’s month of independence and freedom. Zindagi Tamasha, a highly anticipated movie from Pakistan, is finally scheduled for a global premiere on August 4, 2023, on the YouTube and Vimeo channels of Khoosat Films.
Despite suffering material and intellectual setbacks, the movie’s co-director and director, Sarmad, exhorts viewers to see it with an open heart and mind.
The Khoosat Films-produced movie Zindagi Tamasha initially attracted praise from around the world, winning a number of accolades and serving as Pakistan’s official Oscar entry. Despite earning approval from all three censor boards, the movie had trouble getting in front of local audiences because of opposition from religious organisations. Currently, the crew has chosen to release the movie directly to the public during Pakistan Independence Month.
Sarmad made an emotional speech about wanting to “free” the movie during this month of independence. He bemoaned the controversy surrounding the movie, which went beyond its basic plot. Khoosat stated that it wasn’t just his personal struggle but a failure of the system to foster alternative voices, acknowledging the general sense of loss and failure.
Zindagi Tamasha was slated to hit theatres in March 2020, however TLP (Tehreek-e-Labbaik Party) members pledged to stage a national protest against Sarmad’s movie’s showing. The Federal Ministry of Information & Broadcasting then got involved and demanded that the movie’s release be delayed.
It is set to release on August 4, 2023, and Khoosat Films invites viewers to experience the story directly on YouTube. For those willing to support the production, YouTube will offer a feature to pay and contribute to the filmmakers.
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