Motorcycle Girl was released in cinemas across Pakistan on 20 April this year. The movie is written and director by Adnan Sarwar, after the 2015 biopic Shah, based on the story of Pakistani Olympian boxer Syed Hussain Shah.
The film is loosely based on the record-breaking motorcycle journeys of Zenith Irfan who, at 20 years of age, is thought to be the first Pakistani woman to have made a solo motorcycle journey through the northern regions of the country.
Irfan’s multiple bike journeys (documented in her Facebook blog “1 Girl, 2 Wheels”) through regions of the country “where it’s taboo for women to venture out unaccompanied, let alone riding alone on two wheels”, have attracted worldwide attention.
The remarkable story of what Zenith did at such a young age caught my attention after Shah and I knew it was the right subject to turn into a film
said Adnan Sarwar. “I have scripted a fictional world around the core true story of her journey and I hope that Motorcycle Girl will help further the cause of women empowerment in Pakistan”.
To prepare for her role, Sohai Ali Abro undertook extensive motorcycle training and followed Zenith Irfan’s bike journey from Lahore to Khunjerab during the shooting of the film. The film has been co-produced by Jami under his banner Azad film Company.
The film keeps to its light-hearted feel even while it holds up a mirror to the more conservative members of Pakistani society. Sohai is joined by Ali Kazmi, Samina Peerzada and Sarmad Khoosat in the cast.