Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha has been selected as Pakistan’s official entry to the 93rd Academy Awards (Oscars) by the Pakistan Academy Selection Committee.
As per the reports, the film will be submitted for Oscar consideration in the International Feature Film Award category by the Pakistan Committee.
The final list of nominations are yet to be decided by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in February 2021 and will be announced on 15th March 2021. The Oscars are scheduled to take place on the 25th of April 2021.
The Pakistani Oscars Committee 2020 was presided by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Faisal Kapadia, Asad-ul-Haq, Hamza Bangash, Syed Muhammad Ahmed, Mehwish Hayat, Hasan Shehreyar Yasin, Asim Abbasi, Arshad Mahmud, and Jamal Shah.
Movie Zindagi Tamasha has been directed and co-produced by Sarmad Khoosat and his sister Kanwal Khoosat and written by Nirmal Bano. It features Arif Hassan, Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, and Ali Kureshi.
The film tells the story of a Naat Khwan named Rahat Khawaja and his family who find themselves hated when a video of Khawaja becomes viral. After the video goes public his own daughter Sadaf also becomes ashamed of him.
Last year in October, Zindagi Tamasha created a major thrill when it won big at the high-status Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
The film also won the Kim Ji-Seok Award, named after the festival’s co-founder and executive programmer who died in 2017.
Previously on 14th March, the council of Islamic Ideology said that they will not review Zindagi Tamasha according to a decision made by the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights.
Moreover, the Senate committee had asked the Central Board of Film Censors for a copy of the film.
In a tweet, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokar, the chairperson of the committee, said that the committee took notice of the ban on the film. He said he was shocked to learn that the film had been cleared twice.
He said that we directed that the transmission for the CII should be held in abeyance till the committee views and decides whether there is something offensive in it or not.
Although, Khoosat’s directorial wasn’t officially banned it was pulled back from screening after it was cleared by the central and provincial censor boards.
Zindagi Tamasha was planned to be released on January 24 but a statement issued by the censor boards of Sindh and Punjab appealed that they were told that if the film was released it would cause turmoil within some segments of society.