Hansal Mehta’s next Faraaz, starring Aditya Rawal and Zahaan Kapoor, will be released in theatres on February 3.
While Aditya is the son of veteran actor Paresh Rawal, Zahaan is the grandson of Shashi Kapoor. The film is based on a real-life terrorist attack that ravaged a Dhaka cafe in 2016.
Talking about what the film means to him, Hansal said, “To me, Faraaz is a story of our polarised times.”
“Through the one event that rocked Dhaka — the 2016 attack on the Holey Artisan cafe — I’ve tried to explore the broader theme of violence and what really drives young, vulnerable minds towards it. Designed as a nail biting thriller that plays out over one tense night, my attempt with Faraaz has also been to shine a light on the immense courage and humanity that it takes to stand up against violence,” he added.
Anubhav Sinha, director of Thappad and Article 15, serves as a producer on Faraaz. Talking about the film he said, “Faraaz is a story that needs to be told and Hansal has done justice to the story of the catastrophic event that shocked the world. It is a story about a hero who made a brave choice and celebrates the spirit of a young boy who stood tall for his loved ones.”
Faraaz also received an overwhelming response at the BFI London Film Festival 2022, where it had its world premiere. “After an overwhelmingly positive response at the BFI premiere, we are excited to finally bring this untold story of a young boy to the world. Faraaz will surely strike a chord in your heart as it celebrates bravery, friendship, and humanity at its core,” said producer Bhushan Kumar.
Hansal’s last directorial was the comedy Chhalaang (2020) with Rajkummar Rao. Aditya recently came in the series Aar Ya Paar on Disney+ Hotstar.