Dukhtar is a Pakistani drama-thriller film directed, produced and written by Afia Nathaniel.
The film stars Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Morza, Saleha Aref, Asif Khan, Ajab Gul and Samina Ahmad.
In the mountains of Pakistan lives a Pashtun family headed by an
old patriarch married to a much younger woman, Allah Rakhi. They
have a ten-year-old daughter, Zainab. One day, the father breaks
the news that he has given away his daughter to a powerful tribal
leader in marriage to settle a bloody feud.
Allah Rakhi’s worst fear is coming true, as Zainab’s life, which has
barely begun is about to end.
On the morning of Zainab’s wedding day, Allah Rakhi pulls off a
daring escape with her daughter, and begins her journey into the
unknown. The hunt for the mother and the daughter begins in earnest.
The escape represents a damning act of dishonour to the family
punishable only by death.
On the road, Allah Rakhi and Zainab meet a truck driver, Sohail, who
helps them thinking they need a ride to the next stop. As the men
begin to pursue his truck, he finds out their true identity and purpose,
and realizes his life is in as much danger as theirs since
anyone helping the runaway mother and child would be caught and
punished as well.
As the relentless chase intensifies, Sohail has no course except to
devise an escape plan in the formidable winter landscape where
they can be betrayed by any stranger. As Allah Rakhi, Sohail and
Zainab continue their journey together, their destinies now
entwined, Allah Rakhi finds herself falling for a man she is forbidden
Carefully dodging the fearsome, far-reaching influence of the tribal
leader, the trio embarks on an epic journey through the sweeping
landscape of Pakistan where the search for freedom and love
comes with a price.
2014, Pakistan, 93mins, Urdu/Pashto with subtitles
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