Filmmaker Sarmad Khoosat just dropped the trailer for his upcoming telefilm Roshan Raahein (lit paths), and it looks like it will be a treat to watch.
Khoosat posted the trailer to his Instagram handle and stated: “I used to love telefilms/stand alone teleplays but they became passé and stopped making any lucrative sense. Literally after a decade or so, I got an opportunity to direct this heartwarming story with some of my favourite collaborators”.
The film stars Sania Saeed, Rasti Farooq, Omer Ghaffar, Aleeza Fatima and Adeel Afzal, and, according to Khoosat, will be released soon on YouTube.
The trailer shows a young woman who faces difficulties travelling at night after the road leading to her home is dug up and she must instead walk home on a path with no streetlights. The protagonist must then fight against the bureaucracy’s apathetic reactions and delays to get lights installed.
Soon, she gathers a group comprised mostly of women to help her in her efforts.
According to Khoosat Film’s YouTube channel, “Roshan Raahein is a story of a girl who inspires a community to realise their strength — a proof of when everyone works together; they overcome the darkness with their light.”
The movie appears to be an excellent portrayal of sisterhood and community unity in an effort to better women’s lives. It is reflective of how society often fails to address minor problems until a woman suffers and others have to band together to attain something that would be easy to achieve in the first place.
It also seems to touch upon the issue of victim blaming and restricting women’s movement instead of making existence easier for them, as an official advises the main lead to refrain from going outside at night rather than doing his job and fixing the streetlights.
We hope the movie lives up to the great trailer and does justice to the problems it is discussing.