Sarmad Khoosat’s Zindagi Tamasha has really been through it and despite all its ups and downs, most Pakistanis never got a chance to watch the acclaimed film.
Now’s our chance! South Asia Peace is giving you the chance to watch the movie online for a $50 (approximately Rs14,000) donation. If you donate $100 or more, you get to see the film and virtually meet director Khoosat and one of the lead actors, Samiya Mumtaz.
Pakistan’s official entry to the Oscars in 2021, Zindagi Tamasha has been directed and co-produced by Sarmad Khoosat and Kanwal Khoosat and written by Nirmal Bano. It’s cast includes Arif Hassan, Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz and Ali Kureshi.
According to the official synopsis, “the film is an intimate portrait of a family as well as a scorching political commentary on little gods on this earth who police our private passions.”
It was barred from being shown in Pakistani cinemas over a political controversy.
The film had its premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in 2019 and was the first Pakistani film to win the prestigious Kim Ji-Seok Award at the festival. It also bagged the Snow Leopard Award for Best Film at the 6th Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) in 2021.
Zindagi Tamasha faced controversy after Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) called for protests against its original release on January 24, 2020, alleging it was “blasphemous”. Sarmad had filed a petition against the TLP in a Lahore court for “trying to interfere into the smooth running, public screening/releasing” of Zindagi Tamasha in January, 2020.