• Based on real stories of the expat community in the UAE, Pinky Memsaab has been shot around 80 per cent in the UAE in a joint collaboration between Pakistani, Indian, UAE and British actors, singers, music composers and crew. It’s produced by Shaz Media Production, founded by Shazia Ali Khan, a corporate professional turned filmmaker and Shoot At Sight Productions, an award-winning media production house based out of Karachi and the UAE.
80% of the film is shot in the UAE
• The plot revolves around a rustic maid (Pinky) from Pakistan whose life gets entwined with that of her glamorous memsaab (Mehr), and a situation arises when both are thrown into chaos leading them to discover who they really are.
• The film will feature interesting locations in Dubai so it will be fun to spot landmarks in Jumeirah, Bur Dubai and other locales as you watch the movie. In many ways, it’s a statement on the varied aspects of life in this city of Gold – from the luxurious villas of Jumeirah and Emirates Hills to the struggles of the working class in say, a Bur Dubai or Deira. The film’s plot also travels to Islamabad.
A still from the film
• Mehr is played by Kiran Malik, a Pakistani model-actress-stylist based out of Dubai while Pinky is Hajra Yamin, an acclaimed theatre artiste. Sunny Hinduja, an Indian actor who has worked in the action-packed sci-fi series, Seven and in films produced by Yash Raj Films, plays Santosh while Adnan Jafar, a British Pakistani actor also plays the pivotal role of Hassan.
Intense discussions and some breather
• Why will the film be so relatable? Because it stays true to its multicultural theme, having 50 per cent Urdu and Hindi dialogues and around 40 per cent of English and Punjabi. What’s more, it also has three songs from vocalists in India and Pakistan.
Guess which beach this is?
• Pinky Memsaab will release in December in select theatres around Dubai. Yes, there are big budget blockbusters coming your way but this little gem, made with passion for cinema and love, surely deserves more than a dekko by cinephiles, don’t you think?