A Zindagi original, Barzakh is the only selection from South-Asia this year at the prestigious Series Mania in France

Filmmaker Asim Abbasi’s next, starring Fawad Khan – the actor who has charmed the country and the world with his path-breaking performances, gets its title Barzakh.  Produced by Shailja Kejriwal and Waqas Hassan, the show which has already created high anticipation among viewers, will make its debut at the illustrious Series Mania festival in March 2023.

In the series, Fawad will be seen playing the role of a single parent, charming but ridden with guilt for what he has lost. Sanam plays the central female character in the show. Barzakh which marks Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed’s reunion after 10 years, after their popular show Zindagi Gulzar Hai, is the only selection from South Asia at the festival scheduled to be held in Lille, France in March. The web series will be screened as part of International Panorama line-up, a 12-title competitive section and is also nominated in several categories such as Best Series, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor as well as the Student Jury award and the Audience award. 

Thrilled at the selection, director Asim Abbasi said, “At its core, Barzakh is a family drama framed within a world of supernatural beings and otherworldly events. The genesis of the story stemmed from a personal loss and the fears that came with it, making me realise that love is indeed eternal and nudging me to write a story about it. The selection of Barzakh at the Series Mania is such a momentous yet humbling occasion for all of us, not only because it’s a show that’s so close to my heart but also because the selection is such a strong validation of our belief in this story which is now finding its way amongst the best in the world.”

Held annually at Lille in France, the Series Mania festival, since its inception in 2010, has been instrumental in recognizing and curating the best series across the world. The festival brings together the best screenwriters, directors and artists together under one roof.

“This series was conceptualised during the pandemic when all pre-defined notions of love, life, death and beyond were going through a seismic shift. Online work, mourning and celebrations had led to a sort of haze and confusion about what was real.