Rafay Rashdi’s ‘Shahvaar’

Rafay Rashdi, the director who seems to be giving a new diretion to Pakistani cinema is all set to bring a series of short films. He released the first poster of his short film ‘Shahvaar’ which makes us spell bound with the depth.

HIP got in touch with Rafay Rashidi to know who Shahvaar is and what she’s all about…

“Shahvaar is a short film highlighting social taboos. It’s a women centric film. A film about women empowerment. It’s about our own women, bound and shackled by the society unable to perform to their true potential. Shahvaar highlights the potential of women. It shows us real life scenarios of how women, when liberated, can perform twice as much as men and earn a respectable position for themselves despite the gender bias they confront on each step they take,” Rafay revealed.

He further added, “Our central subject, Shahvaar, is an accomplished, well established and well-settled woman. She has achieved each and everything on her own but there has been sacrifices she have had to make and prices she had to pay. Shahvaar highlights how this woman has emerged from the depths of her helplessness and her plight to become what she is today.”

Rafay Rashidi also told HIP that he had come across women in his life, who has when given the chance, performed to their true potential and stunned everyone around. He quotes Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and his mother Mahtab Akbar Rashidi, to be his true inspirations of how powerful women can be and how much they can achieve, defying all odds, if they set their mind to it.

The face of Shahvaar, will be unveiled in the last week of February 2017, while the film will go into post production mid-March. “I have passed on the direction mantle to Umair Najeeb Khan for Shahvaar- a person truly deserving to be leading a powerful film of this sorts,” Rafay said on a parting note.

Rimsha Butt