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Unable to rely on her cash-strapped family to further her education, an ambitious and fiercely independent young woman seeks out a scholarship from a conservative Muslim trust. When she discovers that the money comes with strings attached, her liberal values will be put to the test. Based on a true story, the film is an exploration of the patriarchal notion of male agency over female bodies, constructed on a systematic theological idea that requires women to cover up, to be ‘more modest, respectful, and acceptable’ by society.


Director: Shazia Iqbal Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Ajay Rai Script: Shazia Iqbal Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sarah Hashmi, Vipin Sharma, Sheeba Chadda, Sana Pathan

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Original languageUrdu, Hindi
Year of production2019
Participants in the competitionYes
Playing time21
Premiere statusGerman premiere