Lihaaf (Rahat Kazmi) India

Rahat Kazmi
India.  2019.  85 min

A period drama, the film is based on Ismat Chugtai‘s most celebrated story “Lihaaf” (published 1942).  The film inter weaves the plot of same sex relationship between Begum and her masseuse and the trial that Ismat underwent after being slapped with a case of obscenity on publishing the story.  The film raises themes of homosexuality and freedom of speech that our society is grappling with even today.


Rahat Kazmi was born at a small village called Pamrote, a town Surankote,  district Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir state of Indian side on 23rd July 1980.  He belongs to a family of sufi poets and spiritual personalities in the state.  His grandfather (mother’s father) late Walayat Ali Shah Bukhari was a sufi poet, a spiritual personality and a great socialist.  Rahat started writing poetry in his grandfather’s guidance and the later stared writing stories also. Rahat’s flair for Urdu poetry and storytelling brought him in film line.  Rahat started his career by writing and directing for local doordarshan channel of Jammu and later he shifted to Mumbai and started a serial “Tamanna” in 2002-3 for DD Metro.  Later Rahat joined ETV Urdu channel and worked as in house director for almost three years and directed almost 300 episodes of different programmes for ETV URDU channel.  Rahat Kazmi started his film career as writer and director with his debut feature film title “DEKH RE DEKH” (2009).




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