Spring 2017 Event (2 of 2)
“New Pakistani Cinema”
Monday, April 24, 2017
Q&A with Meenu Gaur and Ulka Anjaria
Zinda Bhaag Film Screening
About Meenu Gaur
Meenu Gaur is the co-writer and director of the critically acclaimed film Zinda Bhaag (Run for your Life, 2013). The film was Pakistan's entry to the Oscars for the first time in fifty years and has to date won 14 national and international awards. Meenu completed her PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of London in 2010 and is the co-editor of the book Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, published by Routledge 2011 and also distributed by OUP Pakistan.
Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag (Run for your Life, 2013) is a film about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives ... and succeeding in ways they had least expected. In Samnabad, a nondescript neighbourhood of Lahore, three friends are desperate to get on to the fast track to success. Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, all in their early twenties, believe that the only way out ... is to the West. The journey that unfolds through the story of this film gives us a peep into what constitutes the everyday in the lives of many young men and women in Pakistan — a sense of entitlement that cannot be fulfilled, desperation to somehow prove themselves in the face of all legitimate doors being locked and an ennui from which they feel there is no getaway.