Director: Munzir Naqvi
Language: VOSE | VOSC
Mahender Nath Kaul ‘Azad’, besides being an Urdu poet, has been teaching Urdu for thirty years at Awadh Degree College, Lucknow. Although the number of students in his Urdu class has declined year after year, Azad’s love for the language has only multiplied. Amidst family constraints and everyday disagreements, one day the principal of Awadh Degree College informs Azad of the decision to close the college’s Urdu department. Azad, along with his disciples and other close associates, starts the peaceful and unifying “Learn Urdu and Succeed” movement, which will be criticized and condemned by Hindu and Muslim communal forces. Going against these will cost Azad too much, but it will also be the coming of a revolution, of a new dawn.
Munzir Naqvi, born in Lucknow in 1985, started as an editor at a Mumbai television production house in 2006, and continued at Times Television Network and Zee Network as a visual promo editor. In 2016 he wrote, edited, directed and produced a short film, Dhabba, which was screened at the 17th New York Indian Film Festival, the 4th Jaipur International Short Film Festival on Culture and Tourism and the 14th Stuttgart Indian Film Festival. Sehar is his first feature film as a writer and director.