Sohai Ali Abro has been signed to play Zenith Irfan aka The Motorcycle Girl in the upcoming biopic by director Adnan Sarwar.
The film will be an independent production made under the banner of Logos Films, the company behind the 2015 Pakistani biopic Shah.
The film is based on the boundary-breaking journeys of Zenith Irfan who, at 20 years of age, is thought to be the first Pakistani female to have made a solo motorcycle journey through the northern regions of the country.
Irfan’s multiple bike journeys through regions of the country “where it’s taboo for women to venture out unaccompanied, let alone riding solo on two wheels”, have attracted worldwide attention and have been covered by publications such as CNN, New York Times and Vice etc.
“I feel that Adnan is such a sensitive and intelligent filmmaker and I truly believe in the kind of cinema he wants to create. When I saw Shah I just knew that I had to work with him someday and here I am”, said Sohai.
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“It is absolute honour to play Zenith in his film. The role of this incredible, empowered female is one that I can relate to and is close to my heart. I have always believed in the liberating the power of our women, especially considering the taboos we face in our society, and I am really happy that a lot of young girls would be able to look up to me for doing something positive and inspiring.”
The film is being written and directed by Adnan Sarwar and is scheduled for release in winter 2017.