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(L-R) Mohib Mirza and Aamina Sheikh

A chance to see husband-wife duo Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza together on screen is pretty much all the motivation needed for a Pakistani movie and drama buff to watch the latest indie wonder “Seedlings” also known as “Lamha”

Lamha weaves through the life of a young couple Maliha (Aamina Sheikh) and Raza (Mohib Mirza) and those affected by their deep struggle to reconnect after the loss of their only child in a tragic accident.

Maliha is an artist who suffers from OCD and recluse behavior since the death of her son, and Raza, a photographer who ignores his own feelings since the death of his son. Both have come to a cross-roads in their relationship where they may completely fall apart or be brought together to overcome their trauma.

Director Mansoor Mujahid, a SZABIST graduate, seamlessly layered the obstacles of each character into each scene.

Sheikh and Mirza perfected the role of the tortured husband and wife – struggling to find what each had before the accident. Their road to re-discovery is one full of the typical misunderstandings between the man and woman relationship dynamic except the background is based on a terrible tragedy.

Lamha’s most intriguing character was Anil (Gohar Rasheed), a guilt-driven driver. Anil is uncomfortable and shifty – never having suffered the consequences of his actions – making the audience members just as uncomfortable and shifty in their seats. Rasheed seems to have crossed the bridge and become the new look-out artist; his adaptability is an art in itself.

The most enthralling scene is when Maliha and Anil finally confront each other after months of agony. The confrontation is jolting if nothing else – flood gates that spilled real anger and hurt.

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Gohar Rasheed.

Intentional or not, Mujahid had a fourth main character – the silent character is his use of light. He used light, darkness, and shadows to portray emotions rather than speech. There is a quiet scene where Maliha stands in the shadows and Raza behind her in the light – not saying a word but the tension built up around them spoke volumes. It had a creeping emotional result – which was not too abstract – it was just the right amount for its purpose.

Whether or not, Mujahid planned for this feature film to become what it is; heartbreaking, captivating, and an engrossing piece of work – “Lamha” has ultimately set the standard for future feature films that come out of Pakistan.

The production house is Bodhicitta Works whose CEO Meher Jaffri was also one of the main the producers for “Lamha.”

“Lamha” or “Seedlings” is currently being shown in New York as part of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) – one of the 100 films picked from thousands.

It has been nominated for the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director (Mansoor Mujahid), Best Actress in a Lead Role (Aamina Sheikh), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Mohib Mirza), Best Actor in a supporting Role (Gohar Rasheed) and Best Original Screenplay (Summer Nicks).

The author is a former Dawn.com staff member, now based in New York.

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Comments (31)

Adeen syed
August 14, 2012 12:18 pm
i will definitely gonna watch it...expecting some amazing performances from whole cast
farida
August 14, 2012 12:01 pm
So many Pakistanis owe to such few!!!!!!!!!!!! your talent is phenomenal against all the odds and undeterred will to create a name in the work of art. well done, farida from Khartoum
Sadat amirzada
August 16, 2012 2:37 pm
Even though the story is exactly the same as The rabbit hole ,still the acting was super and nominated in Ny... Grt job!
Sadat
August 16, 2012 2:35 pm
Even though the story is exactly the same as The rabbit hole ,still the acting was super and nominated in Ny... Grt job!
Kashif, Riyadh, KSA
August 14, 2012 11:31 am
hats off to the team
Falcon
August 14, 2012 9:57 am
Certainly impressive.
Nisar
August 14, 2012 8:51 am
EXCELLENT! Always such a good feeling to see young people (any age for that matter) from Pakistan putting their efforts to good and productive use! A prayer for your success ....
roquefort
August 14, 2012 1:46 pm
It sounds like the story of a movie, ' Rabbit Hole'. Starring Nicole kidman.
ayesha
August 14, 2012 4:43 pm
When it is going to release in Pakistan?
princess
August 14, 2012 6:17 pm
expecting something new nd intrestng
Samar
August 14, 2012 7:39 pm
Guys must watch rabbit hole.
thecrescentgirlingreen
August 14, 2012 8:30 pm
Oh I want to see!!!
BNS
August 15, 2012 1:08 am
Good news. Best wishes to the film's team.
Abbas
August 15, 2012 4:48 am
I hope this will increase in the coming days/months/years. We also need to create more commercial films like this to bring back Pakistani Cinema to their lost glory.
Ghinva Raza
August 15, 2012 5:56 am
that sounds amazingg...i likess amina sheikh,quite an actress..
Zainab Shah
August 15, 2012 7:14 am
This is such a proud moment for us Pakistanis.. All young talent is being recognised..!! Keep up the good work (YOUTH OF PAKISTAN).. :)
@RameshManghirma
August 15, 2012 7:56 am
Congratulations
kami
August 15, 2012 9:37 am
or a bit like Lars von Trier's Anti Christ starring Willem Dafoe
Fahad
August 15, 2012 6:54 pm
Go Judean Boy!
Sabeen
August 15, 2012 7:15 pm
Good to see that this time a Pakistani movie shown to international audience is not about violence against women rather a neutral and universal topic dealing with human feelings.
Iqbal
August 15, 2012 10:08 pm
Any chances of it being released in Atlanta, GA ? When will this be released in DVD?
Maha
August 16, 2012 12:16 am
Awesome, we needed this step and Alhumdullilah we are leading it now.. Thankyou shoaib mansoor for this rival :-D
sarah
August 16, 2012 1:48 am
I saw the film and it was great, except that the story was very similar to 'The Rabbit Hole'!
Ammar Abid
August 16, 2012 4:59 am
Wonderful effort. Such endeavors are a testimony to the great talent our nation possesses. All we need is to channel our efforts in the right and distinctly innovative directions. Great work!!
Hermes
August 16, 2012 5:29 am
I dont know the storyline seemed to be a mix of machinist and antichrist (English Movies) lolz !!!
sane voice
August 16, 2012 7:18 am
Wow.. best of luck for the awards
DWBaig
August 16, 2012 7:45 am
has anyone seen the Hollywood movie "Rabbit Hole"???? its really a wonderful movie and exactly the same story..jus check it out.
Imaad khan
August 16, 2012 7:56 am
Always like when these two work together, all the best. Proud Pakistani
binte
August 17, 2012 8:41 am
saw the trailer. Aamina sheikh's acting was even better than mohib's who's a seasoned actor. this girl is truly talented!
nighat
August 18, 2012 6:29 pm
We want to see here in PAKISTAN in near future........Inshaallah..
Nighat.
August 18, 2012 11:31 pm
Hum pur ummeed hain k inshaallah pakistani film will reach on top and gain OSCAR..........
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