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After delivering a blockbuster directorial hit, Country of Blind director Rahhat Shah Kazmi ventures into acting again with Kaya Palat alongside Helly Shah*

*After delivering a blockbuster directorial hit, Country of Blind director Rahhat Shah Kazmi ventures into acting again with Kaya Palat alongside Helly Shah*

Renowned filmmaker Rahhat Shah Kazmi, known for his international contributions including Lihaaf, Mantostaan and Country of Blind, has stepped into the spotlight as an actor again in his latest film, “Kaya Palat.” The film, directed by Shoib Nikash Shah and co-written by Rahhat himself features Helly Shah in the lead role. The film, centers around river mafias in Jammu, gained international acclaim, closing the Namaste Vietnam festival in Ho Chi Minh City before making waves in the USA.

Reflecting on his second innings as an actor, Rahhat shared, “Kaya Palat is a film that holds a special place in my heart. It marks a thrilling and humbling chapter for me. When Tariq Khan, my longtime friend and industry partner, and I started our careers, we began as actors. Over time, I transitioned into writing and directing, while Tariq focused on production. We always talked about making a film that brought us back to where we started – as actors, and ‘Kaya Palat’ brings that dream to life.”

He added, “Going back in front of the camera after directing for years felt like meeting an old friend again. It brought back memories of when Tariq Khan and I were young actors with big dreams. But, it wasn’t easy. Challenges were right there, staring at me through the lens. It was like starting over, figuring out the details of a craft I knew but kind of forgot. Switching from being the one in charge to following directions needed a different vibe, a new kind of openness. I took on the challenge with all my heart because I believe that real growth happens when we step out of our comfort zones. It was like rediscovering my love for acting, remembering the excitement and passion that got me into this world in the first place.”

Recently earned accolades at the Indian International Film Festival of Boston, USA, where Rahhat and his co-star Helly Shah bagged two prestigious awards. Not only this, veteran actress Faridad Jalal also extended her heartfelt wishes to Rahhat and the team. Expressing his happiness on the same, he said, “Bagging the Best Actor award at the Indian International Film Festival of Boston felt unreal. Farida Jalal ji’s words on destiny and gratitude hit home. This unexpected win just shows the magic that unfolds when you follow your heart.”

Director Shoib Nikash Shah emphasized the uniqueness of the story, stating, “I believe in the power of a compelling narrative, and ‘Kaya Palat’ delivers just that. With unexpected twists and turns, the film has garnered praise for its screenplay and storytelling, especially during our screening in Vietnam. Working with Helly and the dedicated cast has been a rewarding experience, and the results are now evident.”

Apart from Rahhat and Helly, “Kaya Palat” features an ensemble cast including seasoned actors like Mir Sarwar and veteran actress Swaroopa Ghosh, alongside indie-music singer and composer Rohil Bhatia in a significant role.

Lastly talking about the film, Rahhat shared, “Kaya Palat is more than a film; it’s a journey, a promise fulfilled, and a celebration of surprises. As we navigate these new waters, I’m grateful for the love and support fueling this incredible adventure. It’s been a ride filled with joy, challenges, and the unexpected, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”