Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed’s Barzakh to premiere at Series Mania festival in March

A still from Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed’s new show Barzakh.

Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed will be seen in the upcoming series Barzakh. Fawad plays a single father in the series.

Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed’s upcoming series Barzakh will premiere at the grand Series Mania festival in March 2023. Directed by Asim Abbasi and produced by Shailja Kejriwal and Waqas Hasan, the show has already created high anticipation among the audience.

The series features a stellar ensemble cast, with Fawad playing the role of a single parent, charming but guilt-ridden for what he has lost. Sanam plays the central female character who is mysterious as well as compassionate. Barzakh is the only selection from South Asia at the festival to be held in Lille, France in March. The web series will be screened as part of the International Panorama line-up, a 12-title competitive section, and has been nominated in multiple categories such as Best Series, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor as well as the Student Jury Award. Has been done and Audience Award.

Thrilled at the selection, director Asim Abbasi said, “At its core, Barzakh is a family drama set within the world of supernatural beings and supernatural occurrences. The origin of the story is a personal loss and the fear that comes with it, which made me realize made me realize that love is truly eternal and inspired me to write a story about it. The selection of Barzakh in Series Mania is an important but humbling occasion for all of us, not only because it is a show that is dear to my heart. Very close but also because the selection is a strong validation of our belief in this story which is now finding its way among the best in the world.”

The Series Mania festival, held annually in Lille, France, since its inception in 2010, has been instrumental in recognizing and curating the best series around the world. The festival brings together the best of screenwriters, directors and artists under one roof.

“The series was conceived during a pandemic when all preconceived notions of love, life, death and beyond were undergoing a seismic shift. The online work, mourning and celebrations had created a kind of haze and confusion about what was real. Here originated the show which is essentially a family reunion, where the living and the dead are all invited. Set in the Hunza Valley with its myths and legends, Asim Abbasi’s quirky, funny, deeply philosophical and layered writing, a dollop of magical realism and bringing back Fawad Khan… all added up to a show that needed to be made . I am so thrilled as Barzakh has not only received its title, but has also become the only series from our region to make it to the Series Mania festival. We feel its selection at the festival is the perfect first step on the global journey the series is set to embark on”, concluded producer Shailja Kejriwal.

Shot in the Hunza Valley in Pakistan, Barzakh blends together magical realism and supernatural fantasy within a family reunion setting and deals with themes of love, loss and reconciliation.

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