Usman Mukhtar’s ‘Bench’ trailer released


‘Bench’, the dialogue centric short film directed by Usman Mukhtar, has released its trailer on Youtube on Wednesday.

A 1:46 minutes trailer features Rubya Chaudhry who is one of the lead roles in the film. In the trailer, Rubya can be seen walking towards a bench after purchasing two packets of cigarettes. Her character is giving a monologue to the audience about decisions she regrets one of which she aims to rectify.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Rubya termed her role in the film as “An intimate dialogue between two conflicted hearts, looking to find their own truth in life.”

The actress related her role with real life and explained how difficult it is to take tough decisions. “It takes courage to make tough decisions, to force yourself out of your comfort zone in order to take charge of your destiny,” she said.

“Bench sets out to explore one such relationship; that turning point where you could either settle with the cards you’ve been dealt or break the mold to find your own truth,” she added.

On the other hand, Mukhtar revealed that the short film will be released sometime after the Covid-19 situation settles down.

“So we are somewhat in a state of confusion. So we are trying to figure that out. But yes the film will definitely be screened locally in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad once the Covid-19 situation settles down,” he said.

It must be noted here that Bench has been submitted to multiple international film festivals including Independent Short Awards Los Angeles, 3rd South Asian Film Festival Kolkata, Prisma Awards in Rome and South Asian Film Festival Toronto.

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