• 28 Apr - 04 May, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

How many films in the last few years have taught you the lesson of women empowerment in Pakistan? Hardly any… Adnan Sarwar’s Motorcycle Girl – being the real torchbearer of women empowerment – spreads the strong message and that too in style for it is a biopic and a tutorial at the same time. Biopic of Zenith Irfan who travelled from Lahore to Khunjrab on bike and tutorial as to how to achieve greatness as a woman in this man’s world. It is one of those films that make you cry, smile and wonder at the same time, a trait usually associated with international movies, not ours.

Zenith (Sohai Ali Abro) is a girl who wants to follow her father’s dream but is unable to do so because of the responsibilities she has on her shoulders. She looks after her mother (Samina Peerzada) and has a college-going brother Sultan who owns a motorcycle, the one thing Zenith loves and her grandmother (Shamim Hilali) doesn’t. Aided by her colleague (Mehar Bano) and demoralised by her egoistic boss (Sarmad Khoosat) and her possessive fiancé (Ali Kazmi), Zenith decides to prove herself to the world and goes out to fulfil her dad’s dream. How she manages to reach the Pak-China border and how she defies all odds to return a champion is what the film is all about.

Motorcycle Girl, which has been made on a shoe-string budget, shows that when the script is realistic and the idea is clear, success comes running. Co-produced by Jami, the film takes you on a journey of self-discovery where the director’s craftsmanship doesn’t let you get bored at all. Sohai Ali Abro’s acting as Zenith Irfan, the amazing cinematography and Adnan Sarwar’s dual role as writer/director are the highlights of the film. If this film doesn’t make you want to travel to the Northern part of our country, then nothing will!