Revered Urdu writer, Ismat Chughtai wrote a short story titled Lihaaf in 1942 which revolved around homosexuality. However, apart from a short film and a play, no filmmaker ever adapted this story into a movie. But, a big fan of Urdu literature and Ismat Chughtai, filmmaker Rahat Kazmi managed to get all the necessary copyrights from the family of the famous novelist. The film was then titled Lihaaf: The Quilt.
After unveiling the film’s poster at Cannes 2018 and premiering in the prominent film festivals of the world — Indisches Filmfestival (Stuttgart), Indo-German Filmweek (Berlin), Montgomery International Film Festival (USA), Singapore South Asian International Film Festival, Queer International Film Festival Playa del Carmen (Mexico), Jagran Film Festival (Mumbai), and Kolkata International Film Festival, the film is now all set to premiere at 24th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) next month.
The film has also got selected to participate in the International Competition round along with films from Asia, Afric, and Latin America.
IFFK got acknowledged as one of the leading cultural events in India. Commencing on December 6, 2019, in Thiruvananthapuram, the fest will go on till December 12, 2019. The festival aims at presenting a selection of the best of World Cinema and a competition section exclusively for films from Asian, African and Latin American countries. The festival also showcases the best of Malayalam cinema for international audiences. It has hosted by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. Over the years, the IFFK has recognized as Asia’s best managed and the world’s most people-centered film festival.