WHAT PEOPLE WILL SAY ? (2018)
A film by Iram Haq
Cast: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna
Sixteen years old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) is your typical teenager in Norway, she is sneaking out of her parent’s apartment coming back from partying with her friends where her father had no idea about it, until one night he finds her in her room with a boy and her destiny will change forever.
Here is this great biographical film from Haq. Nisha is always careful to return before her father’s regular night-time checks on his children. Nisha here so her family thinks is a good girl. But Nisha lives a double life. We are in Norway where there are a community of Pakistanis. Her father may be more liberal than her mother, but woman in this culture are told what to do and how they should conduct themselves. When the incident happens social services step in to protect the child and to have her version of the incident. But Nisha refuses. Her family is going to take some serious measures to sent her straight and will change her life for ever. The thing is what people will say that is what the Nisha’s parent cares about. She is born in Norway, she is a free woman to do what she wants and study and work plus marry who she wants. But the community of Pakistanis does not like what Nisha is doing (rebelling against her parents). In this community people talk and Nisha’s parents wants the rumours to stop so they are going to do what ever it takes and you will not believe it.
Here is a powerful message with an emotional roller coaster type film that will make you think of what is going on in this world and why some culture can not seems to move forward. Tradition are tradition. Pakistan (The set of Pakistan was shoot in India, the director felt it was more safe to shoot in India and the film industry was much advanced in India), here is filmed at its rawest form, in the day time it is live and the street are full of people and the night is dark sometimes darker but not too many people on the street. Even thought this family is in Norway tradition from their country should be respected. That were they are wrong. Nisha is born in a free country to which she can go out with whom she pleases even party with her friends but because her family is so stuck on tradition and what will people say in their little community of Pakistanis. So they force her to become what she does not want to become. Here is a story that needed to be told and my hats go out to the director Iram Haq for surviving it and telling it as honestly as she could.