I had a chance to see the movie last Sunday in cinema. For those who don’t know, Motorcycle girl is a Pakistani film written and directed by Adnan Sarwar penning the autobiography of Zenith Irfan (Played by Sohai Ali Abro), a young Pakistani girl making a road trip all the way from Lahore to Khunjrab; Pakistan China border to fulfill her deceased father’s dream. Even though my initial thoughts while watching the trailer of the movie was it to be a road trip of this young girl showing landscapes of Pakistan’s northern areas, the movie reviews say it is more towards women empowerment in Pakistan which is true after all. But I have my own perception regarding the movie Motorcycle girl which is “Life is short, follow your dreams”.
About the Movie
The movie begins with a clumsy Zenith late for her office and missing her van and getting scolded by her strict boss (played by Sarmad Khoosat). Zenith works at an ad agency saving money for her collage and supporting her family as well. He family consist of her mother (played by Samina Peerzada), younger brother Sultan and her nsupportive grandmother (played by Shamim Hilaly) who constantly urges to get her married and is totally against her working as she believes a woman’s career should solely be in homemaking. Parallel to the story depicting life of Zenith, there is a story in which Zenith is actually on a road trip to Khunjrab riding the bike. While at various rest stops along her journey, she reads comments on her Facebook page condemning her of being a “Kafir” (disbeliever) constantly just because she is a woman and riding a bike (highly uncommon in Pakistan). After series of incidents, she finally learns to ride a bike by the help of Sultan and goes to office watched by everyone all over the road just because they never saw a girl riding a bike.
After a series of various incidents she gets fired from her job and getting herself engaged arranged by her granny to an investment banker Zafar (played by Ali Kazmi), she finally asks her fiancé to let her fulfill her father’s dream for a biking trip to Khunjrab to which he reluctantly agrees. After the approval, she finally sets off and begins and competes the journey.
Glimpse of Gilgit Baltistan, a hidden gem of Pakistan
Along Zenith’s journey, various landscapes of Gilgit Baltistan, villages and lifestyle of the villagers has also been shown. On Zenith’s stay in Passu, the hospitable and moderate lifestyle and behavior of the region is a great example for the rest of the country despite if being relatively under developed. The way they treated her throughout her stay is a good example of how our behavior should be like treating as well as educating women equally.
Inspiration to dream and travel
Despite the message given strongly points to the women empowerment by breaking the unnecessary boundaries deployed by the ignorant society, the message also encourages us to follow our dreams irrespective of our gender as we are only given one life. If your dream is to travel and see the world, you must. There is a saying “You have always time for things you put first!” so why not putting our dreams first? This question has been answered quite well and I guess Adnan has done a great job and showed us many aspects of life which we need to follow.