With $6K we will be re-shooting two scenes that we believe could use a little more love. The shoot will take place in late January. As an added incentive for our wonderful supporters, we will also be shooting a behind-the-scenes short documentary and blooper reel bringing the process to life!
Thank you for your support!
'Rang Raaz: The Secret of Colour' is about a young Muslim-Hindu couple who elope with the help of their best friend. As day breaks and reality sets in, the newlyweds must come to terms with the consequences of their marriage.
Rang Raaz explores universal themes that resonate irrespective of gender, nationality, or religion. The dynamics between childhood friends, the recklessness of youth, and the tensions that arise from the journey into adulthood are some of the themes that the film touches upon.
Rang Raaz is written and directed by Hamza Bangash
Currently in post-production, Hamza invites us to see Pakistan through his eyes; Dynamic, complex and fundamentally at war with itself.
Personal Statement from the Writer / Director
A little bit about me.
Born in Pakistan, grew up in Canada. Always loved storytelling. Hated semi-colons. Went to Queen’s University. Studied Theatre & Film. Graduated in 2014. Lived in Toronto, working for a major film distribution company. Heard the siren song of my ancestors and returned to Pakistan. Got inspired. Wrote a stage play. Made some commercials.
Remembered that I came back for one reason, and one reason only. To make a movie.
So, I decided to write a screenplay for a short film. Something simple. Something relatable. About two crazy young kids, who fall in love and decide that love is enough to live on. That they will run into the night, get married, and figure it all out.
Except. She’s Muslim. He’s Hindu. They live in Pakistan. It’s complicated.
I sent the script to trusted advisors, mentors, people who have strong opinions and a track record of making those opinions count (one Oscar-winner in the line-up). They gave me feedback. Encouraging feedback. I met some collaborators, people who loved the story. I built my crew.
Then, I started sending the script out to potential financiers. Here was the tricky part. I was told that the plot is “too dangerous,” that NOW is not the right time to fund such a project. That it’s too risky.
It wasn’t all bad. Deepak Perwani, a hugely successful designer, came on board and provided us with our costumes. Avari, a major hotel chain, put us up for two nights as we shot the film. Pakistan has people like that too.
The shoot- like the screenplay- was complicated. The film has a stylistic aesthetic that is heavily inspired by the work of Wong Kar Wai, Asghar Farhadi and Sabiha Sumar. Rich colours, spectacular locations and elaborate camera set-ups. I was taking a familiar love story and bringing it to a society that often still operates on a medieval level. I wanted the story to be honest.
After months of preproduction, we finally got on set, and it was like seeing a dream come to life. The crew was brilliant, and as you can see from the teaser, the actors lit the screen on fire with their passion and brave performances. I’m stoked to share this film with the world.
But we’re not quite there yet.
We shot the film in mid-December. We have all the pieces, except for the last. This is where you come in. I’m asking for your help in completing the post-production as soon as possible, so that the film can look and sound incredible, at which point the film will land in your inbox for you to be THRILLED by.
Reaching our Kickstarter goal will allow us to complete post production and finish the film. Any additional funds will be used to cover the debts and expenses accrued during physical production of the film. With your assistance, we can put this story together in the way it deserves to be constructed.
In addition to the knowledge that you have single-handedly saved the careers of some of the most dedicated Pakistani artists, our Kickstarter supporters will be the first ones on earth to see the film. Everyone else will have to wait for festivals. You’ll also get access to all kinds of awesome gear!
Some of the perks will be available soon after the campaign is over (The title track digital download and Poster Artwork). The actual film will be available after it’s festival run. However, the Online Premiere Party lets you see it BEFORE its festival run!
WHY SHOULD YOU HELP?
Because you are brilliant, and you like brilliant things and want to bring more brilliance into this world we share. Besides that?
If you have been in love, you will love this film. If you think LOVE is LOVE, and doesn’t need to be confined to socially-constructed confines, you will love this film.
If you like attractive young actors, you will love this film.
If you love that indefinable feeling you get from a movie that makes you remember what it’s like to be alive, to have the blood pumping through your chest, wind racing, heart pounding. You will love this film.
Because if you don’t stand up and support the kind of movies you want to see, they will never get made.
We believe in rewards that make you a real part of the team, and show you our incredible gratitude for coming on this journey with us.
Our rewards include both digital and real-life experiences! They include music, artwork and one-on-one sessions with the production team!
The poster artwork makes for a dope cell phone wallpaper. The title track BEGUN is a haunting rendition of "Bandish." The song was converted into a vilampat by acclaimed industry legend, Saffia Saleem Beyg. It's been recorded by singer-songwriter Mehreen Rizvi, and will be a great addition to your Itunes library! You can hear a brief snipped of it in Soundcloud link below:
Additionally, you get to be part of the exclusive online premiere party, months before the general release! And we will be sending you virtual hugs and high-fives, in additional to a digital download when it is officially released! We’re also offering DVDs, Posters, signed screenplays and much, much more!
CAST & CREW
Writer & Director
Hamza Bangash pitching for Shorts HD at Cannes 2014
Hamza Bangash is a theatre and film artist, playwright and entrepreneur who is passionate about creating content that addresses and contributes to challenging social issues.
Currently based in Karachi, Hamza has been acclaimed for his thought-provoking endeavours that tackle controversial topics.
Amtul Baweja (Maryam) and Hadi Bin Arshad (Amir) are no strangers to working together. They both starred in Hamza Bangash’s award-winning stage play, Baraf Paani, as well as the Bangash directed Mental-Health Awareness production, Suno!
Baweja is best known for her many roles on the Karachi theatre circuit, starring in Nida Butt’s production of Grease, and in Sarwat Gilani’s Kis Ke Topi Kis Ke Sar. Born and raised in Karachi, she is the youngest of three siblings, and the only daughter. A humanities major from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Amtul directed and wrote several college theatre productions. As part of her university theatre experience, she travelled to Malaysia and Germany to promote Pakistani theatre.
Arshad is best known for his sensational social-media presence, with his dub-smashes and commercials crossing into the hundreds of thousands of views. Arshad made his stage debut with Baraf Paani and received rave reviews for his recent portrayal of a bipolar patient in Suno! Currently, Hadi is developing a sitcom that has generated significant buzz in the local industry. The sitcom, Hashstags, has been written and directed by Hadi, and is featuring him in the principal role. Hadi is the oldest out of his three siblings, and knew he was destined for the entertainment industry from a young age.
Kashif Hussain (Tahir) has amassed a staggering body of work for someone with his deceptively youthful appearance. Hussain starred in the Zia Mohyeddin directed stage play, Neik Perveen. Kashif is best known for his many roles as part of the National Academy of Performing Arts Repertory Theatre. In addition to his repertoire work, Hussain is an experienced choreographer and attended an exchange program with the University of Texas, where he specialized in dance (contemporary and Laban). Kashif started acting from a very young age and cannot imagine life without the performing arts.
Sumair Saleem founded Velo Motion Pictures, an emerging film, theatre and television company, in December 2015. His slate includes the stage play, Haseen: A Gamble of Honour, a drama staged at the Karachi Arts Council on the controversial topic of honour killing. On the television side, Sumair is in development on a scripted comedy that he is producing with Nabeel Khan. Most recently, Saleem produced Pakistan Mental Health Association’s theatrical debut, starring Hammad Siddiq and Yasmeen Hashmi.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Osman Rafique is a talented and well-travelled Cinematographer whose is passionate about portraying the human psyche through challenging and beautiful images. Following his degree at the South Asian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Television, he attended the Global Cinematography Institute’s workshop in Los Angeles. At the GCI Workshop, he became Level 1 and Level 2 certified, putting him in the ranks of the best Pakistani cinematographers. His commitment to excellence continued through his training with Dubai-based brand, Musion. Through Musion, Rafique was trained in Hologram Cinematography by UK-based experts. Osman’s feature-film credits include Operation 021 and the Palm Springs Film Festival selectee, Moor. Rafique has shot numerous commercial campaigns for major brands including L’Oreal, ICRC, and Bank Alfalah. Today, Osman Rafique lives & works between Dubai and Karachi and has additionally under his belt feature films, music videos and web series.
Risks and challenges
We’ve already shot our film, so the major risks have been taken care of. It’s now just about making this film as good as it can possibly be. It is more about how quickly we can get our film to the public and into film festivals- and that’s where this funding will really help us cross the finish line. At the end of a race, a sprinter doesn’t want to jog to the finish line, they want to sprint through it. So do we.
Your support will make a world of a difference to this project. Making films that don't fit into the mainstream is incredibly difficult, especially in Pakistan where there is zero funding for independent cinema. With Rang Raaz we're trying our best to create cinema that is both entertaining and able to go head-to-head with taboo subjects.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our project!
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