While reading The Times of India in 2008, writer-director Faruk Kabir stumbled upon a four-column story headlined “Man ‘buys’ back wife from pimp“.
It was a story filed by Ananthakrishnan G. from the paper’s Kochi edition, of a 32-year-old from Malappuram who lands in Muscat with Rs 6,000 to save his wife.
The woman, who had been lured to the Gulf with the promise of a job as a house help, had been sold and resold in an organised prostitution racket.
“It was a small article but it stayed with me, which is why I decided to make a film around it. Research took three months and another nine months went in writing the script.”
The result is: Khuda Haafiz starring Vidyut Jammwal.