Mustache, a film written and directed by Imran J Khan, won the audience voted Narrative Feature Competition honour at the SXSW Film & TV Festival, it was announced on Monday.
Mustache stars Atharva Verma, Rizwan Manji, Ayana Manji, Alicia Silverstone of Clueless, Hasan Minhaj, Meesha Shafi, Shaheryar Rana, Chris River and Mojeane Sadr. It has been produced by Christina Won, Jessica Sittig, Christopher Storer, Tyson Bidner.
The film is award-winning shorts director Khan’s first feature film and is largely autobiographical. According to Deadline, it’s about an eccentric 13-year-old boy, Ilyas (played by Verma), who sets off to navigate the social hierarchy of his new California public school with a moustache his parents will not allow him to shave off.
Rizwan plays Ilyas’ father while Shafi his mother and Ayana his schoolfriend Yasmeen.
Khan shared the news on Instagram, thanking people for voting for the film.
Shafi shared the news on Instagram, as did Manji.
Congratulations to the team!