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Zinda Bhaag – starring Amna Ilyas, Khurram Patras, Salman Ahmad Khan, Zohaib and Naseerudin Shah, seems like a fast-paced, explosive and entertaining Pakistani film, both comical and serious in certain areas – at least what can be deduced from the trailer.

Written and directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi and produced by Mazhar Zaidi, the trailer cut is well edited (and hopefully so is the film itself), starting with shots of Lahore and then the introduction to the film’s characters – overall high-quality cinematography. The plot in two short sentences: Three young people in Lahore try to escape the reality of their everyday lives. They succeed in ways they least expected.

The addition of the local music touch adds to the over all flavour, and although some of the visual effects give the impression of being down right tacky, they will probably make the film enjoyable when fused in with all the drama and action going on in the actual feature length film.

The trailer reveals that the film is in both Punjabi and Urdu, which might be a disappointment for those who have a hard time understanding the languages, unless the film is subtitled too.

Some humorous dialogue by Amna Ilyas from the trailer in the midst of all that is going on: “Pata hai computer kay mouse par bathroom say bhee ziyadaa jaraseem hotay hain…to be exact, chaar hazaar saat saw peyntaalees.” And then again: “Main aap ko rasgulleh kee mithaas say ziyadaa, imlee ki khataas say ziyadaa, Pakistan main corruption say ziyadaa pyaar karti hoon.”

During the latter half of the trailer Naseerudin Shah’s character is revealed, who according to an article was in Lahore in the month of March last year to shoot his sequences.

The storyline according to IMDB: What makes a man step into a cargo container that is going to be sealed for days? Why does he step into a flimsy overloaded boat to face a stormy sea? Or dart across international borders dodging bullets? What are the compulsions faced by men in Pakistan, which make them take extreme risks to chase a mirage of a secure future in alien lands? Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag is a film about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives ... and succeeding in ways they had least expected. In a nondescript neighbourhood of Lahore, three friends are desperate to get on to the fast track to success. Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, all in their early twenties, believe that the only way out ... is to the West. The journey that unfolds through the story of this film gives us a peep into what constitutes the everyday in the lives of many young men and women in Pakistan - a sense of entitlement that cannot be fulfilled.

The film will be released this August.

Comments (16) Closed

MAHESH MEHTA Jun 20, 2013 12:06am

When people in India are returning back from the West for better opportunities it is surprising that younger generation of Pakistan is thinking of escaping from the country even at the cost of their lives.

Ek Jun 20, 2013 03:20pm

@MAHESH MEHTA: Dear Mahesh Not everyone is coming from India and not everyone from Pakistan is going to the west.

Rahim Jun 20, 2013 05:49pm

@MAHESH MEHTA: You need to look at facts, surely more Indians are going abroad than Pakistanis. Its Billions v Millions mate!

Ali Jun 20, 2013 06:21pm

@MAHESH MEHTA: Mahesh bhai this just a movie don't get carried away like other Indians friends comments about Pakistan. Your comment was uncalled for. I know how many Indians are returning home where 60% oF the population does not have toilets in their homes. I am sure you will withdraw your comments so to save your country's reputation. Both Indians and. Pakistanis should build bridges and live as good friends. Hope you got my message.

Lakhkar Khan Jun 20, 2013 06:53pm


How is that related to this movie? Just so you know I seen more Indians, than Pakistanis, on the streets of few countries I visited, working very hard under harsh environments, for a few Euros a day to support their families back home. God bless them all. However, I often notice Indians think very highly of themselves financially. Your class of Indians might be doing well financially in current economy boost but majority of Indians, just like many Pakistanis, don

Mushtaq Khan Jun 20, 2013 06:58pm

Cannot wait to see it. Pakistani independent music and movies rule.

Zack Khan Jun 20, 2013 09:12pm

@MAHESH MEHTA: Mahesh bhai, I am an IT professional living in Chicago for last 30 years(to be exact). I have seen Indians more desperate to stay here than Pakistanis. What can I say! It is human nature to strive for better. I would leave USA if find better opportunity somewhere else, won't you ?

Sandipan Jun 20, 2013 11:56pm

Reverse brain drain is a true phenomenon in India. People can be very cynical and critical about Indian success stories, but for most of us India is a hope in spite of having its having it monumental problems. To my understanding India and Pakistan are standing on same platform, but their directions are poles apart. Here I see India on the positive side and needless to say Pakistan falls on the other side.

waseem Jun 21, 2013 12:36am

@MAHESH MEHTA: Narrow Indian mind as always.

Vikram Jun 21, 2013 08:42am

I think a better take on what @MAHESH MEHTA said was that on an average there would be far more Pakistanis who would do such a thing than Indians (the latter if ANY at all!). Leave aside issues of poverty and unemployment (India of course has plenty of this too), it is issues like terrorism, load-shedding and rampant inflation that seems to pervade Pakistan society and country as a whole, while India (barring a few places) does not have these immediate "survival issues", hence the large number of Indians returning back "home" (or wanting to/planning to even) unlike their Pakistani counterparts. Sad facts (for Pakistan), but true. Having said this, the flick certainly appears to be interesting (esp the bit about "rusgulley, imli and corruption etc" -- that dialog certainly rings true!) -- how nice it would be if it were released in India also... For sure it would be a "super-hit" over here! :-)

raya Jun 21, 2013 09:24am

This looks so much like the a bollywood movie that you love to run down.

Suraj Shetty Jun 21, 2013 02:40pm

@Mehtaji -Is it so ?, it doesn't seems so when you go to any Western consulate in India ? ;-)

Hope We see more of Pakistani movies release in India ...culture exchange is only way to heal our mutual animosity :)

S. A. M. Jun 21, 2013 03:26pm

@MAHESH MEHTA: from your writing it seems that you've never stepped out of India (returning back) please see English Vinglish where the teacher said something about returning back!

AJ Jun 21, 2013 04:03pm

In answer to comments bellow: Some years ago a coal mine in South Africa collapsed and the labourers inside it some 200 meters below the surface were trapped for some 48 hours before luckily they all got rescued. Among the rescued labourers where some immigrant workers from India and Pakistan too. A south African local tells , "when all 32 of us had given up hope and were waiting for a horrible death, two indians and and a pakistani worker were still passing hate comments against each other and blaming eachother for interference in each others country"

Ajaya K Dutt Jun 21, 2013 09:17pm

What Mahesh said is true, however the difference is not because of being Indian or Pakistani. The difference is because many of the Indian immigrants are from professionals schools, whereas most of the Pakistani immigrants are from working class, be it in Europe or in Middle East. Indians without a professional credentials do not fare any better than Pakistanis and Pakistani professionals, I have a number of them as close friends, do just as good as, if not better, than their Indian counterparts. (See comparison of Indian Vs General US population depicted in US news account

Mahesh also pointed out a fact that many Indians from US and Europe are returning "to reap the benefit in flourishing economy". However many a times I feel that they are returning not just because of economy but a comfortable retirement also.

A knee jerk sharp reaction from Pakistani readers bares one of the impediment to cordial Indo-Pakistan relationship, which is an adversarial perspective of India.

Ajaya K Dutt Jun 21, 2013 09:23pm

@waseem: Myopic Pakistan mind, as ever.