New Pakistani film to ‘truthfully’ depict the 1971 Liberation War

“Khel Khel Mein” is the first post-pandemic Pakistani film to open in theatres after productions had come to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The film has been making headlines since the release of its first teaser on October 30. According to reports, “Khel Khel Mein” is set to “truthfully” portray the horrors of the 1971 Liberation War and the atrocities committed by the Pakistani army in a bid to crush resistance from the erstwhile East Pakistan.

Starring Sajal Aly and Bilal Abbas in the lead roles, the film was co-written by Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi. The cast also includes Marina Khan, Javed Sheikh, Samina Ahmed and Manzar Sehbai. Shani Arshad, Shuja Hyder and Asrar Shah composed the background score. 

"A story inspired by true events, unfolding 50 Years of mistrust, memories, and myths," reads the film's short synopsis.

Produced by Fizza Ali Meerza and directed by Nabeel Qureshi, the film revolves around two Pakistani generations – the generation that witnessed and actively participated in the 1971 war and the younger generation, consisting mostly of university students, who are questioning the official state narrative and seeking to unearth the previously hidden horrors of the war. 

A scene from the film portraying a freedom fighter| Collected

“Why don’t we ask questions? Why are we carrying the burden of a false accusation? Why don’t we ask what had actually happened back then?” asks the narrator during the one and a half minute  teaser. 

A brief portion of the film was reportedly shot in Bangladesh; but the Information and Communication Technology Division stated that it didn’t provide permission for a visit to any Pakistani film crews.  

“Khel Khel Mein” is slated for release on November 19. Watch the teaser below:

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