Director Hansal Mehta announced on Wednesday that his upcoming film, starring newcomers Aditya Rawal and Zahan Kapoor, is called Faraaz. The team revealed the name through an animated poster, giving a glimpse into the plot.
The 23-second video begins with a bomb explosion in a cafe. Towards the end, the voiceover says: “Insaan jab mazhab ke naam pe maarega na, woh mazhab ko maarega (A person will kill religion if he kills in the name of religion).” Stunning graphics and background score paint a grainy picture.
हंसल जब शाहिद देखी थी सोचा था इतनी अच्छी फ़िल्म कैसे बनाई जाती है। “फ़राज़” बहाने कुछ हुनर चुरा रहा हूँ। Friends, honored and privileged to work with my friends @mehtahansal and #BhushanKumar Bless the young children @zahankapoor @ adityarawal1 pic.twitter.com/fLPa018MeO
– Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) August 4, 2021
Faraaz, a joint production of Anubhav Sinha and Bhushan Kumar is an action thriller illustrating the attack on Holey Artisan coffee that rocked Bangladesh in July 2016. It chronicles the events that took place on the night of July 1, 2016 , in Dhaka when five young activists ravaged the upscale cafe and held more than 50 people hostage for nearly 12 terrible hours.
Faraaz marks the big screen debut of Paresh Rawal’s son Aditya Rawal and ending Shashi Kapoor’s grandson, Zahan Kapoor. Hansal Mehta, in a statement, said Faraaz’s story is special to him not only because it is rooted in reality, but also because it has been with him for almost three years.
Here is the first look at #Faraaz, a film based on Bangladesh’s most terrifying attack. Thank you @mehtahansal sir to believe in me! Thank you @anubhavsinha and #BhushanKumar sir for this opportunity! So proud to be a part of it.#ZahanKapoor @T-Series @T-Series movies pic.twitter.com/rNA35L5wwD
– Aditya Rawal (@ adityarawal1) August 4, 2021
“Faraaz is a story of deep humanity and its ultimate triumph in the face of violent adversity. While it is based on real events, it is also a deeply personal story that has been close to my heart for almost three years. I’m happy that Anubhav and Bhushanji are supporting this story and allowing me to make this thrilling drama exactly as I envisioned it. It’s exciting to collaborate with such diverse young talents on this labor of love. I can’t wait for the world to see this movie, ”said Hansal.
While Anubhav sinha, who is also one of Hansal’s closest friends in the industry, said Faraaz is as much about terror and loss as it is about hope and faith.
“Faraaz is a human story based on one of the darkest days in modern history. It is a film that is close to our hearts. From the launch of new actors to the good look at the movie, we’ve done our best to imbue this story with ingenuity while keeping it suspenseful and exciting. It’s a film that will give audiences a deeply intimate look at what happened that night. It is as much a story of terror and loss as it is of hope and faith, ”added Anubhav Sinha.