On International Women’s Day, what better way to celebrate womanhood and empowerment than settling down with a wonderful film that gives a strong message. Motorcycle Girl is one such film that you absolutely must catch, if you haven’t seen it already.
The film is based on the real life story of Zenith Irfan, a girl who rode a motorcycle all the way from Lahore to Khunjrab.
Directed by Adnan Sarwar, the film stars Sohai Ali Abro and Ali Kazmi in key roles. Co-starring in this feature are Samina Peerzada, Mehrbano, Shamim Hilaly and Sarmad Khoosat . Written and directed by Adnan Sarwar, the film is a very empowering tale that lays bare the many consequences of patriarchy.
The film begins with Sohai Ali Abro’s character, Zenith, who can’t seem to go anywhere without asking for someone to pick her or drop her. She’s late for work, she can’t make it to her friends hanging out. To top it all off, and she is constantly under the pressure to get married. From getting harassed in her public transport van to being told that she should quit her job to produce children, Zenith is every woman’s voice who has been in that situation at some point in her life in a desi household.
Zenith, in the film, is the depiction of every woman around us. Not only does Sohai beautifully embody Zenith’s conflicts, she also speaks beautifully at the end. Towards the end of the film, Zenith talks about losing her father and learning how to believe in her dream of driving to Khunjrab.
There are many elements in the film that seem to be speaking for the many issues women face day in and day out. Whether it is internalized misogyny, toxic masculinity or minimalizing women’s issues via gaslighting, the film offers subtle but strong insight into the struggle of women who want to break barriers.
So this Women’s Day, watch the film and find inspiration!.