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Finally, some good news to feel excited about! Zindagi Tamasha has a release date.

The most controversial Pakistani film, that was scheduled to be released in 2020, was undoubtedly Sarmad Khoosat’s directorial Zindagi Tamasha. The film never saw the light of day as it got embroiled in all sorts of disputes due to its content, which was preconceived to be controversial. After becoming Pakistan’s official submission for Oscars for the 93rd Academy Awards and receiving international recognition by winning several accolades, the film is now all set to release in Pakistan in March next year.

Nimra Bucha took to Instagram a few hours ago and revealed its release date.

“There’s so much to say about this but shall we just wait and let it speak for itself? Zindagi Tamasha, directed by Sarmad Khoosat, winner of many accolades, out in cinemas in Pakistan on March 18th, 2022. Khuda karay,” she wrote.



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Written by Nirmal Bano and directed by Sarmad Khoosat, Zindagi Tamasha features Arif Hassan, Samiya Mumtaz, Eman Suleman and Ali Kureshi in the lead. The film is centred around a naat khwan Rahat Khawaja (played by Arif Hassan) and his family who are outcast from the society when a secret from Khawaja’s personal life is leaked.

Read: Senate Committee on Human Rights clears Sarmad Khoosat’s Zindagi Tamasha for screening

In 2020, the Central Board of Film Censors postponed the release of the film due to several objections and countrywide protests against its screening. Former Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan tweeted that the censor board has been asked to approach the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to deliberate over the matter.

Later, Covid-19 pandemic made matters worse for cinemas across Pakistan. However, we saw a glimmer of hope in July when the Senate Committee on Human Rights approved Zindagi Tamasha for screening. The film has won the Kim Ji-Seok Award at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and also won two accolades at the 6th Annual Asian World Film Festival.


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