Run for Your Life

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    Run for Your Life

    Zinda Bhaag

    Directed by

    • Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi

    Pakistan

    2013

    116 min

    • Punjabi
    • Urdu

    Drama

    What makes a man step into a cargo container that is going to be sealed for days? Why does he step into a flimsy overloaded boat to face a stormy sea? Or dart across international borders dodging bullets? What are the compulsions faced by men in Pakistan, which make them take extreme risks to chase a mirage of a secure future in alien lands? Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag is a film about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives and succeeding in ways they had least expected. In Samnabad, a nondescript neighbourhood of Lahore, three friends are desperate to get on to the fast track to success. Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, all in their early wenties, believe that the only way out is to the West. The journey that unfolds through the story of this film gives us a peep into what constitutes the everyday in the lives of many young men and women in Pakistan - a sense of entitlement that cannot be fulfilled, desperation to somehow prove themselves in the face of all legitimate doors being locked and an ennui from which they feel there is no getaway.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Naseeruddin Shah
    Amna Ilyas
    Khurram Patras
    Salman Ahmad Khan
    Zohaib Asghar
    Screenplay
    Meenu Gaur
    Farjad Nabi
    Cinematography
    Satya Rai Nagpaul
    Editing
    Shan Muhammed
    Production
    MATTEELA FILMS PVT LTD
    Meenu Gaur

    Meenu Gaur

    India

    Pakistani filmmakers have a sort of twisted freedom and I say this because not everyone knows how to enjoy suffering and pain

    Meenu Gaur is an independent filmmaker based in New Delhi and London. Meenu is also a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Her research focuses on Kashmir but her recent work has also looked at the costs of militarization and conflict not only in Kashmir but also in India and Pakistan. She also teaches at Institute of Women’s Studies, Lahore.

    Farjad Nabi

    Farjad Nabi

    India

    Farjad Nabi has directed award-winning documentaries including ‘Nusrat has Left the Building… But When?’ and ‘No One Believes the Professor’. He has also documented the work of Lahore film industry’s last poster artist in ‘The Final Touch’. He has produced and presented a musical documentary on interior Sindh called ‘Aaj ka Beejal’ for BBC Urdu. Since then he has been recording the dying breed of gavantris (story singers) in the Lahore region. His Punjabi stage plays ‘Annhi Chunni di Tikki’ (Bread of Chaff & Husk) and ‘Jeebho Jani di Kahani’ (The Story of Jeebho Jani) has been recently staged and published. He is presently working on a documentary film and monograph along with Meenu Gaur on the Lahore film industry aka Lollywood.