Mumbai Film Festival Preview | Good Morning Karachi
A beautician dreams of walking the ramp in Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar's latest movie
The Film India Worldwide (FIW) section at the Mumbai Film Festival, curated by Uma D’Cunha, screens movies that have been made in an Indian idiom and explore the concerns of the subcontinent either directly or indirectly. Of the six films that will be shown from various countries this year, including Nepal and Spain, is Good Morning Karachi by Sabiha Sumar, the Pakistani director of documentaries, and the Partition-themed Khamosh Pani. Sumar spent a decade in India before returning to Karachi in 2008. Good Morning Karachi is the story of a working-class beautician (played by Amna Ilyas) whose dreams of becoming a model lead to clashes with her mother and her betrothed. Good Morning Karachi, which is also known as Rafina after the name of the lead character, is far more upbeat about Karachi’s prospects than the newspaper headlines would have us believe. Sumar tells us why. Edited excerpts from an email interview.
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