Developed the first draft from 15 newspaper articles and NGO research papers on human trafficking: Vidyut Jammwal’s 'Khuda Haafiz' director Faruk Kabir

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Disney+Hotstar unveiled the trailer of Vidyut Jammwal’s and Shivaleeka Oberoi’s Khuda Haafiz on June 24 and it received a good response from the audience. A romantic thriller,  the film directed by Faruk Kabir is said to be inspired by true events. Khuda Haafiz is the story of a young, recently wedded couple from India that decides to go work overseas in search of better career opportunities. However, their dreams soon turn into nightmare when Shivaleeka goes missing. Director Faruk recently talked about the film that is based on a real-life incident in 2008 when a man set out to rescue his wife who was abducted and forced into human trafficking in the UAE.

"I had read a newspaper article about it in 2008, and it deeply moved me. I traced one of the journalists and did some research on my own. The first draft was developed from 15 newspaper articles and NGO research papers on human trafficking," recounts Kabir, who also tracked down the subject of the story. "I did not meet the lady, I don't know whether she is with her husband anymore. But I met the husband who became my muse. He felt he could trust me and opened up on a personal level."

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Though the film is inspired by real-life events, Kabir said he has fictionalised portions of the action drama. "Many characters, including those portrayed by Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka [Oberoi] and Annu Kapoor, are real. The characters played by Aahana Kumra and Shiv Pandit are loosely based on the cops who [investigated] the case," stated the director, who developed the screenplay in 2018.

On shooting in Uzbekistan, Kabir said, "They love our music, movies and the legendary Raj Kapoor. They don't make many films, but they have an active theatre scene that stages plays of Anton Chekhov. We shot in challenging scenarios, and the locals helped us graciously."

The film also stars Annu Kapoor, Shiv Panditt and Aahana Kumra in pivotal roles. Written and directed by Faruk Kabir the film promises to be an entertaining and intriguing watch with Vidyut showcasing his exemplary martial arts skills. It will stream on Disney+ Hotstar on August 14.

(Source: Mid Day) 

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