Rehan Sheikh is well known to all those who have an eye on the Pakistan industry. Besides the illustrious performances that Rehan has bagged he is also known be a director. He has chosen to start with ‘Azad’ which will constitute Sanam Saeed and Salman Shahid.
The movie is expected to be released during February next year and a teaser has been released in due course. Rehan had this to say about the movie, “Azad is a lighthearted exploration of the idea of freedom of an individual— how one is not free of one’s own past, let alone anything else. The genre is comedy-drama with a light satirical angle on media and is set in the world of radio. It’s a small Independent film and somewhat offbeat.”
After appearing as the hoarse-voiced father in Sadqay Tumhare, Rehan Sheikh will soon be known as the director behind the upcoming film Azad.
With its teaser out, the short clip shows a man and a woman meeting each other after three years and conversing about a contract as the sun sets behind their silhouettes. The film’s tentative release is slated for February next year.
Speaking to Images about the film, Rehan says:
“Azad is a lighthearted exploration of the idea of freedom of an individual— how one is not free of one’s own past, let alone anything else. The genre is comedy-drama with a light satirical angle on media and is set in the world of radio. It’s a small Independent film and somewhat offbeat.”
Talking about the cast, “The film stars Salman Shahid, Sanam Saaed, Sabreen Hisbani and myself. Plus there are two exciting young actors from Islamabad’s theater scene, Ajlal Shah and Jawad Rana,” said Rehan.
Rehan is associated with the days when PTV was the only source of entertainment and he was a prominent figure during those days. He had been working in London in theater so his has the skills of being a good director.
“Although I have been known as an actor, I actually started off by running a small theater group in London where we used to write, direct and perform our own stuff. Later I directed for theatre as a drama student in UK and also when I taught at NAPA Karachi.”
“I have directed one film Mohabat Ki Pehli Kahani which premiered at Kara Film Festival in 2003 and then ran on Geo TV. Even then I was asked to direct more stuff, but I got busy with acting so did not pursue it,” he added.
“So directing was not an alien concept to me. The challenge was the more technical aspects of filmmaking — which one had to learn pretty quickly and luckily we had a very good professional team who all contributed massively in key roles,” he told.
Although he is a big name in the industry when it comes to acting, it remains to be seen how he turns about to be as a director with the strong cast that he has alongside him.