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Zinda Bhaag (2013)

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


Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi


Meenu Gaur (co-writer), Farjad Nabi (co-writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amna Ilyas Amna Ilyas ... Rubina
Naseeruddin Shah ... Puhlwan
Khurram Pataras Khurram Pataras ... Khaldi
Zohaib Zohaib ... Taambi
Salman Ahmed Khan Salman Ahmed Khan ... Chitta
Tahir Rasheed Tahir Rasheed ... Taambi's Brother
Rasheed Ali Rasheed Ali ... Taambi's Father
Naghma Begum Naghma Begum ... Ami Ji
Malik Aslam Malik Aslam ... Thanedar
Hannan Dar Hannan Dar ... Young Puhlwan
Goga Gunja Goga Gunja ... Bus Conductor
Aslam Raaz Aslam Raaz ... Chitta's Father
Ali Murad Ali Murad ... Booba
Nasir Butt Nasir Butt ... Younas Podri
Tanvir Fakhra 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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Three friends try to escape the reality of their everyday lives... and succeed in the ways least expected. See more »


Drama | Family | Musical






Punjabi | Urdu

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lahore, Pakistan


Box Office


$325,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

PKR 7,500,000 (Pakistan), 20 September 2013
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Best Realistic Movie in past Whole Decade.
22 September 2018 | by RuralSoulSee all my reviews

What do you want to see in a movie? Flashy clothes? Glamour? Happily lived after kind of love story? Women in short dresses? Item number? Pure entertainment? If you want that all, You have come to wrong place Sonny. This movie isn't meant for you.

Zinda Bhaag is one of the sharpest dagger to pierce your heart to fill the reality of unsung heroes of poor families who risk everything to dream for better future, for them and their family. I am actually a big critic of current Pakistani movie scene. Similarly to our drama industry, films are more filled with pathetic action and unnecessary glamour. This is why I don't think movies like Zinda Bhaag do come often.

I really watched this movie with very firm grip that I would find just a tiny point to criticise it but I couldn't find it. It made me proud that at last this movie has broken all the stereotypes. A very moving and extra ordinary script.

Story of three poor and working class youths who are fighting to survive in this hellhole of poverty but also irrigating this mighty tree of hopes with their blood, the three on which their families are daydreaming. It has some veteran actors of PTV and star performer Naseer Ud Deen Shah from India but I will specially name Khurram Patras (Khaldi), Zohaib Asghar (Taambi) and Amna Ilyas (Rubina) for their fantastic performances. Zohaib Asghar is an hell of a find, who was previously working as a mobile phone salesman. The pain he depicts of a young man on his face, who's family has gone estranged over his failure to earn fortune is worth billions. Movie is partially in Punjabi movie which can hint that unnamed city is highly inspired from Gujrat or Gujranwala where its common for people to migrate west for jobs. Movie also has one of most original sound track. Sahir Ali Bagga is the man with all amazing stuff happens ever.

Best movie is past decade in my humble opinion. A movie which really unveiled class difference, broken promises, destroyed innocent wishes and reality of death.

Give me a favour, don't hesitate because of rating. Go for it please.

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