Three young men try to escape the reality of their everyday lives and succeed in ways they had least expected.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amna Ilyas ...
Khurram Pataras ...
Zohaib ...
Salman Ahmed Khan ...
Tahir Rasheed ...
Taambi's Brother
Rasheed Ali ...
Taambi's Father
Naghma Begum ...
Ami Ji
Malik Aslam ...
Hannan Dar ...
Young Puhlwan
Goga Gunja ...
Bus Conductor
Aslam Raaz ...
Chitta's Father
Ali Murad ...
Nasir Butt ...
Younas Podri
Tanvir Fakhra ...
Be ji


What makes a man step into a cargo container that is going to be sealed for days? Why does he step into a flimsy overloaded boat to face a stormy sea? Or dart across international borders dodging bullets? What are the compulsions faced by men in Pakistan, which make them take extreme risks to chase a mirage of a secure future in alien lands? Set against the backdrop of the world of illegal immigration, Zinda Bhaag is a film about three young men trying to escape the reality of their everyday lives ... and succeeding in ways they had least expected. In a nondescript neighbourhood of Lahore, three friends are desperate to get on to the fast track to success. Khaldi, Taambi and Chitta, all in their early twenties, believe that the only way out ... is to the West. The journey that unfolds through the story of this film gives us a peep into what constitutes the everyday in the lives of many young men and women in Pakistan - a sense of entitlement that cannot be fulfilled, desperation to ... Written by Farjad Nabi & Meenu Kaur

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Realistic presentation...
23 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Realistic presentation of people living among us who have only one aim to go abroad to earn money for their families back, no matter what are the means of going abroad. The street culture, gambling, huge difference between the classes and frustration to get all in one day is what is beautifully shown in this movie.

It is in a line for consideration for the Oscars and if get a nod will be something for the Cinema here in Pakistan which now seems to be going in a good direction with lots of people filling the cinema halls and what I perceive in coming years we will be able to make some quality movies.

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