Anjli Mohindra and Sacha Dhawan have been cast as leads in Pakistan's first hand-drawn animation feature film 'The Glassworker'. The film is being created by Pakistan-based Mano Animation Studios and will boast a host of South Asian talent.
The family film is a love story set in a war-torn country loosely inspired by Pakistan. Sacha Dhawan plays Vincent who together with his father run the finest glass workshop in the country. However their relationship is tested when the approaching war brings an army colonel and his violinist daughter, Alliz, to their town. As love develops between Vincent and Alliz, they have to be brave enough to confront their fathers. Anjli Mohindra plays the part of Alliz.
Film maker and animator Usman Riaz recently talked about the film saying it is "a glimpse into how we grew up in Pakistan. It can be seen in the conflicts, the local legends, the characters’ clothing, the food they eat, and the colonial architecture. The art of glassblowing has never been depicted in any film. With its vibrant colors and ever-changing forms, I feel it is a magical medium to explore with hand-drawn animation".
The first glimpses of the film were shown at the Annecy Film Festival in May, as part of their 'Work in Progress' showcase. There is no formal release date yet for the film but it is expected to premiere in 2023.
Anjli Mohindra is best known for roles in 'Vigil', 'The Suspect' and 'The Lazarus Project, whilst Sacha Dhawan is recognisable for his acclaimed performance as 'The Master' in Series 12 of 'Doctor Who', as well as starring in 'The Great' and 'The Boy with the Topknot'. Both are available for voiceovers from Anthea Represents. Click their images for their profile pages and voiceover showreels.