Talk about dedication! Filming on debutante director, Raghav Murali’s, “The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim” was so intense for Monica Dogra that she wound up with bruises on her arms after a physical scene with co-star Rahsaan Islam (of “Promise Land” and Bengali film “Simanaheen” fame). That sequence is teased below in the first official trailer for the film. Dogra stars in the film as Sabrina Jiwan, “a driven young journalist who gets caught in the web of a NYPD operation.”
Taz Rahim, described as “a Yo Yo Honey Singh desi rapper wannabe,” is essayed by Islam. The event that gets the story truly moving is when his character is “arrested and blackmailed by the NYPD into becoming a police informant.” Seems like an intriguing plot-line!
As Dogra’s Sabrina says in the clip, “In what sounds like it could pass for a James Bond film, he was asked to spy on Muslims as he lived a double life.” Also, co-starring Kal Parekh ( of “Pan Am” fame) and Sorab Wadia (of “The Kite Runner” fame), “The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim” will be releasing in select theatres internationally in May 2015.