ZEE5 Original Film, ‘Mee Raqsam’ selected as the opening film at the prestigious Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals 2020 (CoSAFF)
With more than 100+ originals, ZEE5 Global has been a pioneer in curating original content across languages and genres. After making its premiere on 21st August on ZEE5 and receiving a heart-warming response from the fans and media alike, Mee Raqsam is selected as the opening film for the prestigious Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF) 2020. CoSAFF is a first of its kind event that brings together seven well-established South Asian Film Festivals from across North America to produce one unified film festival, which will be held entirely online.
“To see the amount of love the audience has showered us from across the globe, it has been an overwhelming journey past couple of weeks. It was the first film I was presenting a film and is a homage/tribute to our father Kaifi Azmi who was one of the torchbearers of India’s composite culture which the film celebrates. To see Aditi being such an inspiration to so many young girls in Mijwan, Mee Raqsam has offered hope to all those girls across the country. Adding to the celebrations, with CoSAFF 2020 recognising the hard work by making it the opening film for the festival, I hope we can reach out to more people and spread the message of hope and desire”, expresses Shabana Azmi.
An ode to a father-daughter relationship, the film marks a tribute to Shabana and Baba Azmi’s father Kaifi Azmi Saab whose birth centenary was celebrated this year.
Mee Raqsam which stands for ‘I Dance’; is an emotionally moving and uplifting family drama, based on love, trust, and going for the one dream that the society is against. The narrative of the film revolves around the relationship shared by a father and his teenage daughter. It is the story of a young girl’s aspiration to become a dancer, but coming from a small village like Mijwan, everyone questions her dreams and choices. It’s only her father who trusts, supports, and helps her achieve her ultimate dream.
Earlier this year, the film had an exclusive screening and well-known industry personalities Aamir Khan, Vidya Balan, Varun Dhawan, Manish Malhotra, Mahesh Bhatt, David Dhawan and many more graced their presence and were all praises for the film.
The film marks the directorial debut of Baba Azmi. The Hindi feature film is shot in Mijwan near Azamgarh and its surrounding areas.
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