Rahat Kazmi’s award-winning film Lihaaf to premiere on Voot Select

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Mumbai: Director Rahat Kazmi’s award-winning film Lihaaf will premiere on July 31 on Voot Select as a part of Voot Select Film Fest. The streaming platform has released the movie trailer.

Voot is coming up with Voot Select Film Festival from July 24. A plethora of films will be showcased during this eight-day-long festival, a one-of-its-kind initiative by a streaming platform.

Rahat Kazmi is on cloud nine as his two award-winning films, Lines and Lihaaf, will be premiered during this festival.

The film, which is based on Ismat Chughtai’s most controversial story Lihaaf,’ touching the theme of alternate sexuality and gender equality in society, garnered a lot of media attention soon after its first look was unveiled at Cannes Film Festival by Oscar winner Marc Baschet and veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai.

It has also won 11 international awards including the Best Actress Award won by Tannishtha Chatterjee in Mexico.

The equally talented star cast of the film has received huge appreciation for their respective roles.  Tannishtha Chatterjee, who has worked in more than 50 films, plays the role of Ismat Chugtai, the writer of this story.

Meanwhile, Anushka Sen, who has almost 21 million followers on Instagram and is currently in the limelight for participating in Khatron Ke Khiladi, plays the role of young Ismat. Besides, actress Sonal Sehgal, known for her film Aashayein with John Abraham, plays the role of the protagonist ‘begum’ in Lihaaf. Sonal has also co-written the script with Rahat Kazmi.

Other star cast includes Mir Sarwar, known for films like Kesari and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, who will be seen in the role of Nawaab. Singapore-based actress-producer Namita Lal will be seen playing Rabbo while Shoib Nikash Shah plays the role of Manto. Bollywood actor Virendra Saxena will also be seen playing an important role in the film along with director Rahat Kazmi, who plays the role of Ismat Chughtai’s husband. 

Produced by Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal, Umesh Shukla and Ashish Wagh, the film has been co-produced by Oscar-winning producer Marc Baschet (known for Oscar-winning No Man’s Land and Lunch Box). Besides, Golda Sellam of Cinelink France, a film expert from Europe, is a consultant of this project.