Under Saudi Arabian laws, women without a ‘Mehram’ are forbidden to perform the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Mehram basically means a male blood relative,
‘Mehram’ is an extraordinary story of Aamna (played by Farida Jalal) who decides to stand up to the patriarchal system to claim her right to perform the Hajj. Does she succeed in her efforts is what forms the rest of the film.
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‘Mehram‘ was recently showcased at the 5th edition of the Woodpecker International Film Festival, in New Delhi. There the film received a standing ovation for its unique story line and power packed performances.
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Commenting on the same, the executive producer of the film Shweta Sethi Buchar says,
“It always feels great to receive such appreciation. When we started working in the arts industry, there was naturally an urge to do something extraordinary. And while we did want to explore art and cinema independently, we also wanted to do something meaningful. When Mehram came about, we thought of working with theatre artists from Delhi. But a streak in us wanted to narrate it to Farida ji and when we did, she readily agreed. Which gave us more confidence in the script and we finally went ahead with the production. So basically, it was our urge to excel creatively and to contribute to the society that led to Mehram.
Apart from Farida Jalal, the film also consists of powerhouse performances from Rajit Kapur and Sushma Seth. The film is written and directed by Zain Anwar and is co-produced by Vishakha Singh and Gaurav Bharadwaj.