Thursday, July 05, 2007
We bring you an exclusive statement written by Pakistani rock sensation, Mustafa Zahid, post the announcement that Mahesh Bhatt's Awarapan will release theatrically in Pakistan, creating a history of sorts.
Previously scheduled to release on July 6, the film, it seems, will now hit screens across Pakistan on July 13, as director Mohit Suri felt that the next week should be used to promote the release aggressively in Pakistan.
The 24-year old Roxen vocalist, Mustafa Zahid, who has rendered the chartbusters To Phir Aao and Tera Mera Rishta in Awarapan, in a statement, said:
"I saw Awarapan on Saturday in Mumbai despite the raging monsoon. Not because I've sung for it, but I honestly believe that it's among the finest movies to come out of Bollywood in recent times. As a citizen of Lahore, I would love to see every Pakistani going out to watch Awarapan in cinemas. I am a Muslim and this movie has portrayed an accurate picture of my community, who believe in one God and also in the fact that if you free someone God comes to you and helps in adversity.
This film is the best answer to give to a section of the Western media who have presented a warped image of the Muslim community. Hats off to the Bhatts, Mohit Suri and the executive producer Sohail Khan who have done a commendable job in getting the film a release in Pakistan, and to Studio 18 for giving Awarapan such a strong overseas release.
We are ready to be the first in Pakistan and I am proud to be a part of Bollywood history in my own little way."