ZEE5 To Premiere Shabana And Baba Azmi’s Tribute To Father Kaifi Azmi – ‘Mee Raqsam’
With more than 100+ originals, ZEE5 has become a pioneer in curating original content across languages and genres. The platform just announced its upcoming original, ‘Mee Raqsam’, set to premiere on 21st August. An ode to a father-daughter relationship, the film marks a tribute to Shabana and Baba Azmi’s father Kaifi Azmi Saab whose birth centenary was celebrated this year. The film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Danish Husain and Aditi Subedi.
Check out the poster here.
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Beyond the reach of all stereotypes, a bold father stands by his talented daughter. Together, they’re liberating themselves from the shackles of religion to fulfill a dream. Presented by @azmishabana18 #MeeRaqsam premieres 21st August on #ZEE5. @aditi_subedi @dan.husain @naseeruddin49 @rakkesh.chaturvedi @shraddha.kaul @babaazmi
Soon after the announcement was shared on social media by Shabana Azmi, the industry showered love for the poster:
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 21, 2020
A real,warm & inspiring #Mee Raqsam made by friend, a world class cinematographer Baba Azmi releasing on @ZEE5India on Aug 21.Not 2 be missed. @babaazmi @AzmiShabana @tanviazmi @DanHusain #naseeruddin shah #aditisubedi pic.twitter.com/E2pfIaOur3
— satish kaushik (@satishkaushik2) July 21, 2020
Ace cinematographer, a good friend, now a debutant Director- @Babaazmi. Knowing your meticulous way of working, I am sure #MeeRaqsam would be brilliant film. Best wishes and look forward to watching it on ZEE5. pic.twitter.com/J7oeTqeLLN
— Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) July 20, 2020
‘Mee Raqsam’ which stands for ‘I Dance’; is an emotionally moving and uplifting family drama, based on love, trust and going for the one dream that the society is against. The narrative of the film revolves around the relationship shared by a father and his teenage daughter. It is the story of a young girl’s aspiration to become a dancer, but coming from a small village like Mijwan, everyone questions her dreams and choices. It’s only her father who trusts, supports and helps her achieve her ultimate dream.
“It is absolutely heart warming to see ‘Mee Raqsam’ produced and directed by my brother Baba Azmi getting introduced to the world through a global platform such as ZEE5, set to premiere on 21st August 2020. 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. 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.” expresses Shabana Azmi on the premiere of Mee Raqsam.
“The simplicity of the film will grapple the audience in absolute awe. ‘Mee Raqsam’ is made with a lot of love and purity, it beautifully portrays the father – daughter relationship. It is about a daughter’s aspiration and her father supporting her dreams and choices irrespective of what the society says. It shows the power of this beautiful bond. The film will premiere on 21st August on ZEE5.” says actor Naseeruddin Shah
Baba Azmi shares how and why the film is so close to him. “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 just that… It gives me immense pleasure to have made my directorial debut as a tribute to my father Kaifi Azmi. I’m delighted that Mee Raqsam is going to premiere on 21st August on ZEE5 and I hope it will give this inspiring story the global reach it deserves.”
Earlier this year, the film had an exclusive screening and well-known industry personalities Aamir Khan, Vidya Balan, Varun Dhawan, Manish Malhotra, Mahesh Bhatt, David Dhawan and many more graced their presence and were all praises for the film.
The film marks the directorial debut of Baba Azmi. The Hindi feature film is shot in Mijwan near Azamgarh and its surrounding areas. ‘Mee Raqsam’ is set to premiere on 21st August on ZEE5.
Watch Naseerudin Shah’s short film Half Full on ZEE5.