A filmmaker from Jammu Kashmir has come up with a remarkable cinematic masterpiece “Sanson Ki Mala” (Beads of Breath), which has garnered applause worldwide.
Shoaib Shawl’s ‘Beads of Breath’ is a poetic odyssey with a strong theme about true nature of love.
The film revolves around an eccentric man, who yearns to find the true nature of love while villagers’ varied perspectives about his identity heat things up.
“Beads of Breath” transcends borders, both geographical and cultural. The Himalayas, in their raw, resplendent glory, morph from mere backdrop to living characters, mirroring the emotional ebb and flow of the protagonists. At the heart lies an enigmatic man, consumed by a yearning for love’s true essence. His presence ignites a web of speculation and intrigue amongst the villagers, their varied perspectives painting him as a puzzle to be deciphered,” he told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).
For Shawl, who is fuelled by his artistic passion and deep Pahari roots, “Beads of Breath” is more than just a story.
He said it’s an amplification of his region’s voices.
Through this film, he champions local talent, showcasing their skills on an international platform while weaving the rich folklore, culture, and stories of the Pahari people into the very fabric of the film.
Alongside the captivating performance of Usman Shawl as the enigmatic protagonist, a talented ensemble cast, including veteran Kashmiri actor Yousuf Shahnaz, Javaid Khan and local talents, lends their distinct voices to the narrative.
Shawl said this film has already resonated with audiences worldwide.
“Fresh from captivating viewers at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, “Beads of Breath” garnered both Best Student Film and Best Actor (Usman Shawl) awards at the Ayodhya Film Festival, alongside accolades at the Indogma Film Festival. Now, it prepares to enthrall audiences once again at the Kolkata Short Film Festival,” he said.
He said the film’s title, inspired by the Sufi hymn “Sanson ki Mala Pe” sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, pays homage to the legendary singer.
“As audiences embark on this mystical quest, they are invited to contemplate the mysteries within themselves and the world around them,” he said.
“Beads of Breath” is more than a short film; it’s a sensory immersion, a philosophical inquiry, and a testament to the enduring power of love and nature. This is a cinematic experience that lingers long after the credits roll, leaving audiences breathless with a glimpse of the divine hidden within the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas,” Shawl said
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