Shabana Azmi’s Mee Raqsam, is on its approach to the Coalition of South Asian Movie Festivals. The movie will likely be showcased on opening night time and will likely be within the firm of greater than 60 movies from South Asia. And Shabana couldn’t be extra proud.
Shabana stated in an interview with Hindustan Occasions that the movie is a tribute to her father, late legendary poet, Kaifi Azmi. It’s directed and produced by her brother Baba Azmi and Shabana is the one presenting it. Set in Kaifi’s birthplace Mijwan, it tells the story of a younger Muslim woman who desires to pursue bharatnatyam. As she meet opposition from her neighborhood, her father stands by her facet.
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The movie’s lead star Aditi Subedi can be from Mijwan. “What it has achieved is that it has created kind of a series response within the villages of Mijwan the place all of the sudden the ladies are feeling that it’ s OK to have an enormous dream as a result of it’s potential that the dream may be realised. That to me, is what would have made my father very, very pleased as a result of he labored for the empowerment of the woman baby and ladies all his life,” she advised HT. “There are such a lot of individuals in our small cities who’ve a lot expertise,” she added.
Mee Raqsam’s greatest power is the father-daughter relationship shared by Danish Hussain and Aditi. Shabana says her mother and father additionally taught her by instance. She recalled how till the age of 9, she would dwell with a commune of eight-nine households, all sharing a single toilet. “We by no means had any cash. All the cash we used to get, my father would give to the Communist Get together,” she stated, including that he would give solely Rs 40 for the household’s wants each month. “All of the values that we obtained is from what we noticed round us. Let’s do not forget that 70 years in the past, my father wrote an iconic poem Aurat, which stated ‘Uth meri jaan, mere saath hello chalna hai tujhe’, at a time when it was believed that the function of the lady was to take a seat at dwelling and take care of kids. He stated ‘No! It’s a must to march, shoulder to shoulder’,” Shabana stated.
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The movie additionally stars Naseeruddin Shah, who performs a bigoted, unaccepting neighborhood chief who tries all he can to maintain the younger dancer away from her desires. However Shabana desires to make clear that the movie exhibits no neighborhood in strictly adverse mild. “The movie shouldn’t be concentrating on a neighborhood. It’s concentrating on a mind-set, a world view. As a result of each communities have been proven with their issues and their good qualities additionally. We’ve got to grasp that the struggle as we speak is between not religions however between world views which are tolerant and liberal on one facet as towards the illiberal and fundamentalist on the opposite. That, I believe is a really highly effective factor that the movie says,” she stated.
Mee Raqsam premiered on Zee5 in August.
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