Shahzad Rafique's film Salute follows the life of student Aitzaz Hasan Bangash, who sacrificed his life to save his schoolmates from a suicide attack in 2014. The film was originally set to release on August 5th but was pulled back from the release and then was decided to be released by the end of August and now, it' been delayed once again!
This time it will be postponed till December due to flaws in the final version of the film and due to this, Rafique is now seeking assistance from film experts in both India and Pakistan. Apparently, one of the issues the film’s crew faced while shooting was that Rafique had wanted to shoot at real locations which were not always available at the right time.
In fact, Distribution Club, the film group handling Salute’s distribution, had even begun marketing it, as reported by The Express Tribune.
“Rafique has been engaged with us for the last six months and this is the third time the release has been postponed. The delay has caused us much trouble and now we are expecting to see the film open on December 2,” shared an official from the company. “August is important for Pakistan and Eid is also a good time to release films. We have been pressing him to release Salute but the reason why it still hasn’t been completed is beyond us.”
Although most of Rafique's films have been love stories, this time he took a different approach and decided to do a story on real life terrorism and even met Aitzaz's parents in his local home town Hangu as part of the research.