Zaigham Imam completed his trilogy on Benaras
The first look of Director Ziagham Imam’s film Nakkash unveiled in the India Pavilion, Cannes on 11th of May 2018. Nakkash is the third installment of Zaigham Imam’s trilogy of stories revolving around the holy city Varanasi, India.
Nakkash is director Zaigham Imam’s third film. Zaigham produced & directed his first film ‘Dozakh: In Search Of Heaven’. It was based on his own critically acclaimed novel with the same name. With the release of ‘Dozakh’ in March 2015, Zaigham’s work got highly acclaimed by critics and won several awards & nominations in more than a few film festivals throughout the world.
Soon Zaigham wrote, produced & directed ‘ALIF’, his second feature film and released it in February 2017. As ‘Dozakh’ made him popular in the critic circle, ‘Alif’ made his name in critics as well as in the general audience. The film has been screened on a prestigious TV channel several times.
Nakkash is produced under the collaboration of ‘A B Infosoft of Zaigham Imam’, ‘Jalsa Pictures of Pawan Tiwari’ in association with ‘Padmaja Productions of Govind Goyal and Muvizz.com COO Mr. Piiysuh singh.
Nakkash brings back together multi-talented Inaamulhaq & Sharib Hashmi, the stars of National Award winner film ‘Filmistan’. Their on screen chemistry is unmatched. Inaamulhaq is in the lead role of Alla Rakha & Sharib Hashmi is playing his best friend Samad in the film.
The film can boost the age old secular belief of the country. Zaigham believes that both Inam & Sharib both fit the bill perfectly. Zaigham said that ever since he saw Filmistan, he wanted to work with Sharib & Inam. And when he wrote it (Nakkash), he saw that they both fit in the roles of Alla Rakha & Samad perfectly. Not only the lead stars but Mr. Kumud Mishra from ‘Filmistan’ is also the part of Nakkash. The best thing is that all three of them agreed for the film within a few minutes into the narration of the script.
The film also stars Harminder singh Alag as Mohammad & Pawan Tiwari, Rajesh Sharma, Gulki Joshi, Siddharth Bhardwaj, Simala Prasad & Anil Rastogi in key roles.
Zaigham made Nakkash with only one intention, to show that anyone can spread their wings breaking all religious boundaries and he believes that ‘Nakkash’ would force people to think and put prejudice aside.
Nakkash is the story of a gifted Muslim craftsman Alla Rakkha Siddiqui. Alla Rakha is a widower who has a son, Mohammad and a best & only friend Samad in the name of a family. Alla Rakha believes in no religious boundaries and uses his craft of engraving in the Hindu Temples. For that he gets boycotted by his community; Mohammad doesn’t get admission in Madarsa & he faces a lot of oppression from both the communities as the film progresses.
Samad who is a poor e-rickshaw driver, wants to send his to holy Hajj but has no money for that. Samad steals the Temple trust’s gold from Alla Rakha’s custody. Alla tries to keep Samad out of this situation but Samad goes to jail for it.
A year later Alla gains popularity as a symbol of accord with a news article for which Munna, an aspirant Hindu politician loses his election ticket. What happens to Alla, a cast-off from his commune and disdained from Samad & Munna is the tale of Nakkash (The Craftsman).