The release date for Zenith Irfan's biopic starring Sohai Ali Abro has finally been revealed.

Motorcycle Girl will be released in cinemas across Pakistan on 20 April this year. The movie is writer/director Adnan Sarwar's second feature film after the 2015 biopic Shah, based on the story of Pakistani Olympian boxer Syed Hussain Shah.

Director Adnan Sarwar with his muse, Sohai Ali Abro
Director Adnan Sarwar with his muse, Sohai Ali Abro

The film is loosely based on the boundary-breaking motorcycle journeys of Zenith Irfan who, at 20 years of age, is thought to be the first Pakistani woman to have made a solo motorcycle journey through the northern regions of the country.

Irfan's multiple bike journeys (documented in her Facebook blog "1 Girl, 2 Wheels") through regions of the country "where it's taboo for women to venture out unaccompanied, let alone riding solo on two wheels", have attracted worldwide attention.

A behind the scenes shot of Sohai
A behind the scenes shot of Sohai

"The remarkable story of what Zenith did at such a young age caught my attention after Shah and I knew it was the right subject to turn into a film", said Adnan Sarwar. "I have scripted a fictional world around the core true story of her journey and I hope that Motorcycle Girl will help further the cause of women empowerment in Pakistan".

To prepare for her role, Sohai Ali Abro undertook extensive motorcycle training and followed Zenith Irfan's bike journey from Lahore to Khanjerab during the shooting of the film. The film has been co-produced by Jami under his banner Azadfilm Company.

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