SAHIR LODHI’S RAASTA

Sahir Lodhi first stepped into the limelight in 2005 as a TV show host but he always had a burning desire of moving to the big screen. Eleven years later, the host-turned-actor is gearing up for his film debut, Raasta, a project that he has not only acted in but also co-written, co-produced, and co-directed, among assuming other duties on the sets.

“I have always wanted to do a film — it was my passion,” shared Lodhi, in conversation with The Express Tribune, regarding the recently launched trailer of what so far looks like a one-man-show. Since Raastais his brainchild, Lodhi has therefore jointly taken charge of its direction, production, and has written the screenplay and dialogues all by himself — apart from playing the lead role of course. The film also stars Aijazz Aslam, Abeer Rizvi, Naveed Raza in titular roles with Shamoon Abbasi as the antagonist.

The actor is of the opinion that the film features elements that truly make it stand out from its contemporaries.

“You see, a few Pakistani films that I have seen, they look more like TV dramas. I am not criticising anyone, for an effort has actually been made. I still believe a film should look and feel like a film, complete with the music! Raastawill be a real film.”

He also added with an air of pride that the project is entirely Pakistani in every way possible way. The film has been shot at various locations in the country including Karachi, Lahore and parts of Balochistan.

Elaborating on the storyline, Lodhi revealed that Raasta features an ideal amalgamation of action and romance. The plot revolves around a boy-girl love story but there is a lot more to it.

“It’s the boy’s fight against the atrocities of this system, and willingness to stand against the evils in this society.”

There’s still no expected release date for the movie but Lodhi predicted that it will be out very soon. The shoot has wrapped up and the actor is waiting for the perfect post-production touches to do complete justice to Raasta.

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