Khoosat Films’ Zindagi Tamasha is to have acquiesced as Pakistan’s choice for the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 93rd Academy Awards, announced by the Academy Selection Committee on November 28, 2020. The news is frisky-cum-startling in the acuity of rumours and claims. Controversial ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ Reached in Oscars after Backlash Locally by Pakistan.
Moreover, the final nomination is due by February 2021 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while the committee will announce the complete and final list on March 15, 2021. Let us see what happens NEXT…
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Controversial ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ Reached in Oscars after Backlash Locally by Pakistan
Zindagi Tamasha(Circle of Life) is a Sarmad Khoosat production and direction, with Kanwal Khoosat as co-producer and Nirmal Bano as a writer. Featuring Arif Hassan, Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, and Ali Kureshi, the film is shot in old Lahore; dogmatic annotation, it is a representation of intimate family relationships.
For me, Zindagi Tamasha is the strongest submission from Pakistan since 2013. Grateful to have been on the committee & to have seen this film, memories of which still haunt me, weeks after.
Kudos to Sarmad and team! https://t.co/fJSGral5nQ
— Asim Abbasi (@IllicitusProduc) November 28, 2020
Talking about the selection, co-producer, Kanwal Khoosat spoke to Express Tribune:
“Zindagi Tamasha’s story reflects on regular people and is a poignant snapshot of life, family, the city of Lahore, and the different values that people have. Onset, we felt passionate about working on a story that was representative of a real situation that regular people could face. Real emotions. Real issues. The announcement surely proves that we in Pakistan are ready to tell stories close to the heart.”
The movie was forcefully stopped its launch earlier in 2019. Called out for depicting a religious character in the wrong light, the film was litigated with coercions given to the team and the Khoosat family. “
According to Director, Sarmad Khoosat. He told Express Tribune:
“After being cleared by the court to release, the selection has become a very bright light shining at the end of this dark tunnel of a year. All the heartache that Zindagi Tamasha gave me has somehow restored my faith in the power of art too: the sheer, almost physical power of art to make life imitate it. I made this film in Pakistan and foremost, for Pakistan, for my people and the misfortune that my people have remained deprived of it weighs quite heavy on my artistic conscience. Some pride is slowly kicking in though and no matter how far we go with this official selection, Zindagi Tamasha will be representing all of us – our ‘Pakistan’. I feel honoured on behalf of my entire team and I am extremely grateful to the committee for finding it worthy enough.”
The big names of the Oscar committee for 2020, chaired by
The Oscar Committee is chaired by the two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, including Faisal Kapadia, Asad-ul-Haq, Hamza Bangash, Syed Muhammad Ahmed, Mehwish Hayat, Hasan Shehreyar Yasin, Asim Abbasi, Arshad Mahmud, and Jamal Shah.
We wish the best of luck for the entire team of Zindagi Tamasha which had become earlier a standing joke. As of now ready to meet crowning glories by making Pakistan prominent on the global spectrum of art.