After Stuttgart & Indo-German Filmweek, Lihaaf all set to premiere as Opening film in MIFF (USA)


Indian International Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi’s film, Lihaaf (The Quilt), which successfully premiered in 16th Indisches Filmfestival (Germany) and in Indo-German Filmweek (Babylon, Berlin) has received yet another news for World premiere in USA as opening film in an International film festival.
This time, the team has received invitation to screen their most acclaimed film as opening film of the festival in the prestigious Montgomery International Film Festival (USA) which is being held from August 18 to 25, 2019 in USA.
Based on Ismat Chughtai’s most celebrated story (published in 1942), the film is garnering appreciation worldwide. The director of the film took special permission from Chughtai’s family to make this film, which gives it supreme authentication. Nonetheless, housefull screenings in Germany and Berlin is a proof of the team’s hardwork and dedication to give justice to the story.
Montgomery International Film Festival (USA), popularly known as MIFF, will begin its screening with Lihaaf, which means the film has been chosen as the opening film of this glamourous international film festival. It is a proud moment for the entire team.
The theme of this year’s festival is-Return to Art House Films, which aims to foster a community of free-thinking filmmakers, who are pushing the boundaries of sound and vision into a new frontier. The director of the movie, Rahat Kazmi has opened a new window for the audience to peep into Ismat Chughtai’s life through Lihaaf as the story is based on true events.
Ismat Chughtai (1915 to 1991) was believed to be one of the most powerful voices in Urdu literature of the 20th century. She was known for her free and fearless explorations of feminine sexuality and middle-class morality in her writing.
Not to forget that the poster of the film was launched in Cannes 2019 which caught attention of international press. Since then, the team is being invited worldwide for special screenings and Q&A rounds post premiere. The response is overwhelming.
The talented casts of the film include Tannishtha Chatterjee who has played the role of Ismat Chughtai, Anushka Sen as younger Ismat, Sonal Sehgal as Begum Jaan and Namita Lal as Rabbo. Kashmir based actor Mir Sarwar who came into limelight after playing main antagonist in KESARI is playing the nawab (male antagonist) while shoib Nikash Shah plays the character of Manto in the film whereas veteran actor Virendra Saxen will be seen as famous urdu writer M. Aslam. The film is co-written by Rahat Kazmi and Sonal Sehgal, directed by Rahat Kazmi and produced by Rahat Kazmi, Tariq Khan, Zeba Sajid, Namita Lal, Umesh Shukla, and Ashish Wagh and co-produced by Oscar-winner Marc Baschet and Cedomir Kolar.

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