Faraaz is not a simple movie to watch, and making it certainly wasn’t easy. This Hansal Mehta film is based on the 2016 Dhaka terror attack, in which 5 armed young men broke into the Holey Artisan Bakery then murdered up to 20 people—the bulk of whom were foreigners—while holding a number of other hostages, mostly Bangladeshi Muslims. The movie depicts the racism that society has been facing for a very long time. Faraaz is a heartbreaking story with some outstanding performances. It has both gruesome and emotional scenes.
Faraaz tells the tale of Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain. He was shot dead with his two female pals because he wouldn’t leave them during the attack. You feel a knot in your throat as you recall the anguish and fear from the sights that have been replicated inside the café. We learn that Faraaz as well as Nibris (debutant Aditya Rawal) went to college together and even participated in a friendly football game through a series of dialogues. That’s when you discover how much brainwashing is going on and how young men are coerced into engaging in bloodshed and religious wars without feeling guilty about it.
In regard to other things, Faraaz is worth seeing because of the outstanding performances. Faraaz’s mother is portrayed by Juhi Babbar Soni, who does a fantastic job of capturing a helpless mother who would do anything to defend her child. Because she hails from a wealthy and prestigious family, she holds all the cards, but when terror hits, it’s all for naught. Even when she is anxious, she projects a sense of calm onto the chaos all around her. Zahan Kapoor, the late legendary actor Shashi Kapoor’s grandson, makes his acting breakthrough as Faraaz. He gives a controlled performance and emotes effectively, whether it is through violence, terror, or a serene posture.
While Zahan has a respectable start, Aditya Rawal’s harsh portrayal of the youth who has been brainwashed as the adversary will leave you in amazement. He does a powerful act.
Despite all, Faraaz’s most memorable aspect continues to remain Musafir Ko Ghar Hi Jaana Hai’s moving, soulful tunes. It was created and delivered by Sameer Rahat, so it encourages hope and compassion for the relatives of the deceased.