Mahira Khan is among the countless people speaking up to support the release of ‘Zindagi Tamasha’

Stellar filmmaker, Sarmad Khoosat, has been facing trouble trying to release his latest project, ‘Zindagi Tamasha,‘ which is a hard-hitting representation of society, exposing many evils that exist.

He first penned an open letter regarding the same.

However, the situation has since escalated, and he has been receiving threatening calls and messages. His personal details have also apparently been leaked.

In another open letter, he talks about the same, clarifying that the movie is not intended to hurt or offend – it is simply a story.

Here’s the heartfelt open letter:

The entire scenario is heartbreakingly Manto-esque, where Manto, too, was criticized for his portrayal of society’s evils. Yet, the stories were some of the most brilliant pieces of literature and art that we have in the subcontinent. The rawness in them and their closeness to reality made them what they are, for the stories were meant to double as eye-opening commentaries. Unfortunately, even in 2020, the situation seems strikingly similar.

However, ever since Sarmad Khoosat penned the second letter, people are rallying to support him and his cause. Mahira Khan was amongst those who spoke up.

Renowned author Mohammed Hanif also expressed solidarity. 

Pakistanis weighed in about how they’re actually excited about this film.

Once again, we are reminded that if one’s faith can be endangered by a movie, then perhaps, a look inwards is of the utmost importance.

People are rallying to support the movie.

In fact, it is a movement of sorts on Twitter.

Some people are even trying to find alternative ways to watch the movie.

In times of trials and tribulations, our art is all we have. Yet, our art is almost always all that’s threatened. It isn’t the first time we’ve seen this happen. However, with the support that this film’s receiving and will continue to receive, we can hope that it’s the last.

At the end of the day, it is a quote by Saadat Hasan Manto that comes to mind when thinking about this entire situation:

“If you cannot bear these stories, then it is the society that is unbearable.”


Sajeer Shaikh

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