In September last year, Pakistani Cinema reported on ‘’Shams-e-Rumi’’, a biopic on the 13th century theologian, jurist, poet and mystic Maulana Jalal-Ad-Din Rumi, in works. There remained a lull on the project for a long time but now we got to know that it had been undergoing some major changes in production and writing department.
News has it that the Fayyaz Adrees directorial venture is now being bankrolled by his own production company Wide Angle Films and will be written by Fayyaz himself.
Fayyaz, who has studied the art of film making from the prestigious New York Film Academy, directed and co produced rom-com “Thori Setting Thora Pyaar’’ released in 2022. Other than that, Fayyaz has a number of TV serials like ‘’Surkh Jora”, ‘’Zindgi Mujhy Tera Pata Chaiey’’, ‘’Haye Bechara Tipu’’ and ‘’Jabeen-e-Ishq’’ to his credits as director. He has also worked internationally too and has some journalistic work for International channels like CNN, BBC and National Geographic to his portfolio.
With him on board as writer of the biopic now, their have been some changes in the storyline of the project and its new title is yet to be revealed. The film is said to have a wide horizon of perspective, transcending borders and cultural divides. A great amount of research has been put by the team for the past few years on it. The cast of the film is yet to be revealed and it would be interesting to see who gets casted to play the character of Rumi and Shams-e-Tabraiz in the film.
The film is ready to go on floors by mid February and will be shot at different real locations and some crafty sets in Pakistan & Turkey. Fayyaz has plans to release it by end of 2023 not only in Pakistan but also internationally.
Here’s wishing the team good luck for the project. Keep checking the space for more on the film.