ZEE5 released the trailer of its upciming film Mee Raqsam. An ode to a father-daughter relationship, the film is a tribute to Shabana Azmi’s and Baba Azmi’s father Kaifi Azmi whose birth centenary was celebrated this year. Presented by Shabana and directed by Baba , the film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Danish Husain and Aditi Subedi.
The trailer shows Danish as a loving father to his daughter, who wants to learn Bharatnatyam. Unfortunately, he faces a lot of wrath from his community for it. Naseer plays the intimidating leader of the community, warning the father for not following the rules that they all should abide by. However, the father, who completely supports the dreams of his daughter, doesn’t step back from his path and supports his daughter every step of the way. Even as his neighbours and friends show hatred towards him for disrespecting his religion, he believes that his religion cannot be hurt simply by a girl dancing.
Talking about the film, Shabana had said the film offers hope in these unprecedented times when people are trying to get their lives back on track amid coronavirus pandemic. “It is the first film I am presenting and is a homage to our father Kaifi Azmi who was one of the torch bearers of India’s composite culture which the film celebrates,” the actor said in a statement. “It is an inspiring tale about a father standing resolutely behind his young daughter’s desire to dance. In these dark times, Mee Raqsam offers hope and elevates the soul,” she added.
Baba, who is making his directorial debut, said the film is close to his heart as he shot it in Mijwan -- the birthplace of his late father -- near Azamgarh and its surrounding areas. “Many years ago, my father Kaifi Azmi had asked me, ‘Baba is it possible for you to shoot a film in Mijwan?’ My father was born in Mijwan, a village in eastern UP. We both smiled at each other, because we both knew what a formidable task that would be. A village with no roads, no amenities, no infrastructure. But his question stuck with me. Now, many years later I was able to do that,” he said.
The ZEE5 original film, Mee Raqsam is set to premiere on August 21.