British Pakistani film ‘Rahm’ will be premiered at the London Asian Film Festival this evening.
The film, which has been described as a Sufi Adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ stars Sanam Saeed and Sajid Hasan.
‘Rahm’ revolves around a governor, who goes into hiding after appointing a younger, puritanical deputy in his place who is convinced that Lahore needs harsher punishments and strict implementation of laws. Fear begins to grip the city as a young man is condemned to death after getting his fiancé pregnant on the accusations of her parents. Sameena, his sister, begs the Deputy for mercy. He refuses at first but can’t resist her beauty and offers her a deal that requires Sameena to dishonour herself in exchange for commuting the death sentence on her brother. Sameena has to outwit him, and, with the help of the disguised ex-governor they attempt to turn the tables in a gripping climax.
‘Rahm’ is the first Sufi adaptation of a Shakespeare play. As a unique interpretation of Measure for Measure shot on location in Lahore, Pakistan, it continues his indelible legacy on screen.
As well as London Asian Film Festival, ‘Rahm’ will also be screened across the UK from this Friday (17th March 2017).