‘Khuda Haafiz’ all set for release on Hotstar this week

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


Panorama Studios International has announced the release of director-writer Faruk Kabir’s ‘Khuda Haafiz’. It stars Vidyut Jammwal as a common man on a mission to trace his wife essayed by Shivaleeka Oberoi, who’s gone missing in another country.

The trailer of the upcoming film that dropped last week has received tremendously positive reactions by fans across the country. What became clear with the release of its trailer is that the Faruk Kabir directorial has been created on an international scale.

The forthcoming Panorama Studios production is a first-of-its-kind big-budget thriller that touches an emotional chord. Shot in the sub-zero temperatures in Uzbekistan over the span of 48 days, ‘Khuda Haafiz’ has a distinct cinematic appeal with scenic shots of large vistas, bazaars, beautiful structures and expanses of the country. Moreover, Kabir reveals that the film was shot using anamorphic lenses; only two sets of anamorphic lenses are in Bombay, so they are quite rare and treasured.

Interestingly, the plot of the film was inspired by an article that Faruk chanced upon. The story kept resonating with him and that’s when he started researching it; he got in touch with a few investigative journalists and some people who had been part of such incidents. Faruk’s brainchild – the script of the movie was the fruit of three odd months of digging and probing, followed by nine-and-a-half months of writing the screenplay.

Vidyut Jammwal says, “Working with Faruk was one of the highlights of my career. He has an incredible eye for cinema and I’m honoured that he trusted me with his vision. I was required to shed the action hero aura and unlearn years of martial arts training for the role. I had no qualms about it whatsoever because I had full faith in my director and my fans who have been very embracive of me.”

Director-writer Faruk Kabir says, “I have immense gratitude for the way Khuda Haafiz has turned out and the anticipation that it has garnered. I think Vidyut and the film will turn out to be quite a revelation and having the viewers watch the film in their own space will make it an intimate and personal experience for them. My producers and actors have backed me to the hilt and now I’m looking forward to the audience embracing this love story.”

Producer,Director-Panorama Studios International, Abhishek Pathak says, “It makes us (at Panorama Studios) very happy to have powered Faruk’s vision and to have offered it the canvas that it deserves. It is our endeavour to push the envelope on the content front and with Khuda Haafiz, we are doing just that.”

Produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak (Panorama Studios International), written and directed by Faruk Kabir, featuring Vidyut Jammwal, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Annu Kapoor, Aahana Kumra and Shiv Panditt and with music by Mithoon (ZEE Music Company), Khuda Haafiz (a romantic action thriller, inspired by real-events) will be streaming on Disney+ Hotstar VIP on the 14th of August 2020.