Meesha Shafi, Hasan Minhaj, Rizwan Manji, and Alicia Silverstone have been roped in for a Pakistani-American coming-of-age film!
As reported, the upcoming flick titled Mustache is going to be award-winning shorts director Imran J Khan’s first feature film and is largely autobiographical.
Deadline reported that Mustache is about an eccentric 13-year-old boy, Ilyas (played by Atharva Verma), who sets off to navigate the social hierarchy of his new California public school with a mustache his parents will not allow him to shave off.
While details of Silverstone and Minhaj’s characters are being kept under wraps, it’s learned that the film also stars Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek) who will play Ilyas’ father Hameed, with Shafi playing the mother, and Ayana Manji will feature as his school friend, Yasmeen.
Talking about the film Rizwan Manji said, “I am excited to be a part of a project that tells a universal coming-of-age story in ways that we haven’t seen before and from a diverse perspective. Mustache is an honest representation of growing up Muslim in the 90s. I found the script special, and immediately connected to the father-son relationship that is central to the film.”
While in a joint statement, Christina Won and Jessica Sittig of MakeSay said that Mustache is exactly the kind of “paradigm shift” they love to bring to the screen.
“A heartwarming and funny story that highlights an underrepresented culture and uplifts a diverse, auteur filmmaker,” the joint statement said, adding, “Imran is an incredible talent and he draws from his own personal experiences growing up in the bay area in the 90s to create a film with laughs and a lot of heart. We couldn’t be more proud to bring this story to light.”