’Zindagi Tamasha’, the much-anticipated film directed by Sarmad Khoosat, is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The film is based on a naatkhwan (a person who recites naat as a profession) who is from Lahore. Set in the interior parts of the city, the film has been created to show the realities of the Pakistani society and the layers that exist within each community. Sarmad Khoosat has always been known to produce unconventional work. His film ‘Manto’ was the first biopic made on the legendary writer and received critical acclaim worldwide for its sensitivity and depth.
Finally the trailer of ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ is out and has been garnering rave reviews. It is based on the story of an old man named Rahat Khan who has a confession to make. The whole film revolves around the reaction that follows Rahat Khan’s statement. The film shows the real side of Lahore and has no filters to sugar coat and show an unreal picture.
All actors seem to be their realistic best and Sarmad Khoosat’s cinematic brilliance seems to have gotten only better with time. Most of the actors except Samiya Mumtaz are relatively new. The main role has been played by Arif Hassan. Eman Suleman and Ali Qureshi are playing the role of his children.
Another thing that sets the film apart from the rest of the films is its language. The film shows a mix of Urdu and Punjabi which is the exact way people speak in Lahore. Instead of having actors for whom Punjabi is not the first language, Sarmad Khoosat has gone for the ones to whom the language comes naturally. Completely devoid of faux glamour, the film is dark and deep in every aspect.
People on the internet were already expecting nothing less of an artistic wonder from Sarmad Khoosat. But the trailer has set the bar even higher.
Official trailer for Zindagi Tamasha (Circus of Life) is here!!!— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) September 29, 2019
This film by @KhoosatSarmad is an intimate portrait of a family as well as a scorching political commentary on little gods on this earth who police our private passions. https://t.co/cxgieyo8u9 @eman_anjum <3
Can't wait to see it!!— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) September 29, 2019
AMAZING, you never fail to amaze us— Omar (@OmarKnowss) September 29, 2019
If only we could start making movies like these and learn from him, people would actually have a good time https://t.co/NnwuPNnQDY
Best of luck sarmad khoosat. High hopes for your movie. Prayers for your success. Always an admirer of your work . https://t.co/myqwP07f3y— shazia (@shaziaejaz5) September 29, 2019
Atlast a Pakistani movie worth waiting for.... https://t.co/d7pM3xzpp0— SSARA (@thenorthaspoken) September 29, 2019
What an intense trailer another masterpiece for sure Shine on Sarmad sir https://t.co/oUpHTQ1VhE— Travel the world (@iqraaa7) September 29, 2019
Gooosebumpssssssss https://t.co/e6HfmPxmEW— لائبہ۔ (@affed_up) September 29, 2019
Its fantastic, lets just hope that people can dig it, and i hope that they could get to know through this movie the negative aspects which are actually harmfull for the nation and religion... may Allah shower his blessings on u.— Ammad (@Ammad89448180) September 29, 2019
Seems like the most important film after Khuda ke liye; and next level. Powerful, intriguing, sensitive. A milestone in meaningful cinema !!— Sana Ghafoor (@SanaGhafoor1) September 29, 2019
Written by a young writer Nirmal Bano, the film has also been produced by Sarmad Khoosat’s own production house Khoosat Films as he wanted to have complete artistic freedom and hence kept the things in his own hands. According to Sarmad Khoosat’s interview to Masala Magazine, he belives a film should have a personal connection with the director. According to him, he does not classify the films into genres. For Sarmad Khoosat, a film should be realistic, watchable, engaging, consistent, and effective. In the same interview, he also announced making a new film the same year.