adaptation of Parveen Talha's short story, The Shawl tells the story of
Agnes and Sakina - the Dulhan Begum. Upon Dulhan Begum's death, her
friend Agnes recalls the years they had spent together. Agnes remembers
the Begum's fetish for an old, worn-out shawl, a stole that strangely
enough had a bearing on the Begum's personality and behaviour. As the
narrative unfolds, Agnes discovers, however accidentally, the real story
behind the shawl.
Muzaffar Ali is a painter, designer,
filmmaker. Whatever his creative impulse, it is always motivated by a
particular vision of the human condition - that of a world in which love
is the reigning concern. He draws inspiration from human helplessness
and eventual, undeniable strength. His first film was Gaman, of which
Faiz Ahmen Faiz remarked, 'Muzaffar Ali's Gaman is a poem in visuals.
Its tragic lyricism, its muted eloquence... it sensitively conceives and
truthfully captures the beauty and heartbreak of the human situation...
a veritable tour de force'.