Director’s official trailer Hansal Mehta‘s latest thriller Faraaz was released on Monday by T-Series on its YouTube channel. The more than two minute trailer begins with a glimpse of customers enjoying their meals at the Holey Artisan cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 1, 2016. Actor Zahaan Kapoor, son of Kunal Kapoor and grandson of the late actor Shashi Kapoor, is also featured in the trailer as one of the clients. Faraaz marks Zahaan’s debut. (Also read | Faraaz: Hansal Mehta shares poster of his next movie, based on our ‘polarized times’)
While people are enjoying a quiet meal in the evening, several terrorists burst in and shoot people at random. Actor Paresh Rawal‘s son Aditya Rawal is seen as one of the terrorists in the trailer. As the Bangladesh police outline their plan to free the hostages from the terrorists’ clutches, Aditya’s character tells Zahaan, “Faraaz Hussain, Bangladesh ka Shehzada (Prince of Bangladesh)?” Faraaz was a 20-year-old who was killed in the 2016 attack. He was the grandson of Latifur Rahman.
While the police are planning an attack, Zahaan is seen rescuing children and fighting with the terrorists in the café. The trailer ends with Zahaan being pushed by Aditya’s character asking what he wants. He replies, “Tum jaeso se apna Islam wapas chahiye (I want my Islam back from people like you).”
The line was a hit with the fans who praised it in the comments section. Someone said, “‘Tum jaeso se apna Islam wapas chahiye’, what a blow.” Another fan said, “Trailer promises the story is full of suspense and action. Can’t wait.” “The names of Hansal Mehta and Anubhav Sinha are enough,” one comment read. “What a topic to be seen and discussed. Can’t wait to see it!” wrote another.
Earlier on the storyline, Hansal had said, as quoted by news agency ANI: “For me, Faraaz is a story about our polarized times. The one event that rocked Dhaka — the attack on the Holey Artisan cafe in 2016 — has made me try to explore the broader theme of violence and what really drives young, vulnerable minds.”
“Designed as a nerve-wracking thriller set in one suspenseful night, my attempt with Faraaz was also to shed light on the tremendous courage and humanity it takes to stand up to violence. Because standing up against bigotry and the carnage it causes is the only way to defeat it,” he added.
Faraaz will hit theaters across the country on February 3. The film is a joint production of Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, Anubhav Sinha’s Benaras Mediaworks along with Mahana Films – Sahil Saigal Sakshi Bhatt and Mazahir Mandasaurwala. The film will have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2022.