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The OST of Hahdhu was released at a dinner held at Salt Cafe on 06 August 2017.

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The film has 06 original songs with music, melody, lyrics, and vocals by the best artists currently working in the music industry. They have done such an admirable job with the songs. In the film, each and every song is devised as a tightly packed sequence to rev up the narrative.


In the event, the music video of one of the songs, Beehilaashey was also released.

The songs are receiving rave reviews and numerous downloads. The premiere of the film is on 06 September 2017 with a wide release on the following day.






Along with her elder sister, years ago, Mariyam Azxza Azxona was reigning the music video scene until its rave diminished and she took a break. Out of the two sisters, which one conquered the throne as the ultimate dancing queen is difficult for me to affirm since (a) I have no technical idea about dancing and (b) all my life I have either chased the music while dancing or the music chased me. Whoever dancing with me wearing iron shoes is a different matter altogether. Anyway, all I know is that both sisters had all the right moves that made everyone glued to the small screen.

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Azxza’s transition to the big screen was phenomenal. Suddenly she was the most demanding and the most bankable actress starting last year. If I am not wrong, it was director Abdul Faththaah who kick-started the role-after-role spree of Azxza by casting her in Hahdhu regardless of its release date on 06th of next month.

With her remarkable success of last year with the horror film, 4426 directed by Fathimath Nahula with newcomer Ahmed Shinan and the rom-com, Miee Loaibbakee from DRE which was premiered in April this year, at present Azxza has no time to look back. Meanwhile, producers continue to get her signature on those dotted lines, and she has three more releases slated for this year starting with full-blown comedy Naughty 40 releasing tonight, followed by Hahdhu and finally on October, Bos directed by her sister.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any of her releases so far. But from the reviews, word of mouth, she has become the undisputable darling of Dhivehi film industry. It’s no small feat for anyone to win rave reviews from back to back releases, especially in the circle of mean critiques who are always eyeing to rip apart any film or anyone involved in them.

What astonishes me about Azxza is that both of her previous films and the one releasing tonight are of entirely different genres. And to flourish in different roles mean that she is a woman for all seasons. She fits any genre like a glove and has been making them work like a charm. I believe that such an occurrence doesn’t happen accidentally. She has the brain and brawn to handle any role she gets in addition to looking glamorous, versatile and very talented.

Her feet fit perfectly to every shoe of diverse characters she plays. So far, she has cat walked gracefully to win the hearts of audiences across the nation. And without a doubt, she will in all her future shoes.

In her upcoming film Hahdhu, she plays Yusra, a free-spirited woman who has everything going for her until a moment of miscalculation that spirals her life into chaos. I was so mesmerised by the performance that left me wondered how in the world did she manage to scare up an audience or tickled their funny bones in her already released two films. From the sound of those roles and her character of Yusra in Hahdhu are entirely on different poles. The latter is a melodramatically intense journey of a woman as she goes through all the trials and tribulations, accepting both emotionally and physically the backlash she receives from the closed society she lives in.

Azxza clearly understood the very depth of Yusra. She masterfully transforms herself plausibly if not effortlessly with every twist and turns in her character arc. She makes such a broad distinction from her introduction to the final scene of her screen time. In the end, she made a lasting impact on my heart and soul, stirring my tear glands along the way. It felt like a performance of a lifetime, and she made me believe every heartbeat of her character to earn a round of applause from me. The tears that I couldn’t hold back was for her endearing performance and the gratification I received from watching her perform. She made me realise, understand and experience the subtle subtexts surrounding her character as well as the film. In one single frame of hers, in one very decisive scene, she uses just her eyes to express a broad range of intense and conflicted emotions that she was going through at a difficult point in her life. Sheer brilliance! My heartfelt thanks to Yusra, I mean Azxza for such a commanding performance. Applause!

I wish her all the best and good luck in future.



In his debut, Abdul Faththaah directed Aadheys, Ali Azim Dhon Ayya showed that he has so much potential and promise. Over the following years, time and again he has proved that given the meaty roles, he’s ready to sink his teeth deep into them.

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After Aadheys, Dhon Ayya was then cast as the protagonist in Fatthaah’s segment of Hatharu Halha called Dhari/ Firi. Sadly, the anthology which consists of four unrelated short films was stalled at the post-production. When that segment was written, it was made challenging for whoever was going to play that role. Though the whole segment was 25 odd minutes, the character never had to deliver a single line except a few words at the very final frame just before the end credits. Everything was left to the acting abilities of the chosen actor.

I was so glad when Fatthaah cast Dhon Ayya for the role rather than a high-profile actor or any other actor for that matter. Dhon Ayya showed passion, dedication, discipline, and since he was fresh, it was easier to guide him. In his capable hands, Fatthaah always kneads a richer dough.

When Fatthaah showed me a rough cut of his segment, I was utterly blown away by the powerful performance of Dhon Ayya. To this day, I still feel that no other actor could outperform him. He was living that character inside out. And what made that role more challenging was not only he doesn’t have to speak, but it was a profoundly psychological role that was layered manifold. Dhon Ayya gave such a nuanced performance that I had goosebumps. An occurrence that rarely happens to me, especially in such a short time frame.

A year or two later, he was given a supporting role in EFVJ. Comparatively, it wasn’t a role with psychological depth like the previous one, but he shone brightly and gave his character enough range with his minimal acting abilities.

This year, his acting prowess will be showcased in the upcoming Dhivehi film, Hahdhu. He played the role of Hamza with aplomb. After the screenplay was finalised, Fatthaah came up with this idea of externally transforming the character Dhon Ayya was going to play after a huge plot twist in his character arc. I rewrote the screenplay and made this change as more of a plot device, putting extra pressure and responsibility on Dhon Ayya. It looked risky, especially when the production was to begin within a few days.

I confess that I was unsure that this change would be pulled off as easily or smoothly as Dhon Ayya did until I saw the rough cut. It was like a walk in the park for him. He once again rose to the occasion with such finesse and made his character look so riveting. I was left speechless. He was so amazing in one pivotal scene where Fatthaah shot in one long take. Brilliant. And yes, goosebumps too.

I am so excited that on 06 September 2017, the audience will get to witness the performance of Dhon Ayya, one of the highlights of film Hahdhu. May the star of Dhon Ayya keeps rising and shine brightly. I wish him all the best and success in his future endeavours.




We are either classified as carnivores or herbivores or a bit of both. The first classification is us eating meat and the second is us eating plants or herbs or shrubs or need I to continue? Anyway, what if someone chews up the scenery? What are they called? I don’t have a word for them but I sure do know when someone does.

The upcoming Dhivehi film Hahdhu has completed shooting all the scenes of veteran actor Arifa Ibrahim.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see a rough edit of all of her scenes. And believe you me, what a treat it was.

When you cast veteran actors in supporting roles and put them in the mix of three youthful leading actors, they create an impact that is like a volcano that’s bursting already. They are so good, I mean not the volcano but the veterans, that I felt that even with lesser screen time they have, whenever their scenes are up, they steal the show. And when they are together with the leading actors in a scene, they make the latter shine as well.

Arifa plays an opportunistic mother of Ahmed Shiban whose dream doesn’t go further than Thiruvananthapuram. She delivered each line with sarcasm painted all over yet with humor that’s sublime. Her performance is so magical that I give all her scenes 5 out of 5 stars.

Watch her chew up the scenery on 06 September 2017. You will not regret it.


#recordbreakingmovie #whatisyourlimit #06September2017



It’s crazy that my last post was three years ago.  There have been many reasons for my absence and the best excuse I could think of is that I was busy. More on that later since at the moment, right now, I am excited to share the first official trailer for the new movie in production which I wrote. It’s called Hahdhu. Translated into English, means Limit. I will get back with the details of this movie as I start posting hopefully on a regular basis. So, without further ado, the trailer. Enjoy.

This movie is slated to release on 06 September 2017.