The brave city, Peshawar has been an easy target for devastating terror attacks, political trauma and neglect but amidst all this, there’s still hope for art.
We are all set to see the first international bilingual film come out of the city titled, Project Peshawar.
The telefilm, directed by the debutant Irshu Bangash and produced by Junaid Kamran, revolves around a London-based character who falls in love with a girl from Peshawar through the internet and travels there only to discover that it was a mere trap to kidnap him.
Watch the gripping trailer here:
Project Peshawar has been shot in Peshawar, as well as in the UK and Canada. The movie will be released in English, Dutch, Urdu and Pashto.
Speaking to Tribune, Bangash gave some insight on how the movie relates to Peshawar’s situations.
“So, we decided to do something related to social media and how it’s misused. We see it all around us and even Mashal Khan’s case was elevated due to social media and its power,”
The shocking thing about the telefilm is, the story of Project Peshawar was based on a true incident.
The lead role in Project Peshawar is played by an Afghan-Dutch actor Shoaib Lodin, who has done a few appearances in Bollywood movies. Lodin studied in Birmingham and has been trained by Anupam Kher’s acting school.
Other than Shoaib, the cast of Project Peshawar comprises Navishta Sahar, Sally Ingry, Moiez Mohmand, Mihela Bursc, Arbab Izhar Ahmad, James Ryan, Mustafa Khan and Mariyam Dilawar Jan. The music includes songs by Sajid and Zeeshan, and Khumariyaan the band, amongst others.
According to Bangash, the telefilm will not be released in cinemas but will see a TV premiere first.