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Sameer trailer: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is the mole in this dark, engrossing trailer

Directed by Dakxin Chhara, the trailer offers a sneak peek into a film that revolves around the growing religious divide in the country.

Shriram Iyengar

Even as the news of the outgoing CBFC chairman, Pahlaj Nihalani, left everyone stunned on Friday, the trailer of Dakxin Chhara's Sameer was released. The film, starring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Anjali Patil and Subrat Dutta is set to be released on 15 September.

The trailer begins with the description of a post 2008 Gujarat that is fraught with religious tensions. The film's initial sequence of bomb blasts is a reminder of the 2008 terrorist attack that saw 21 blasts taking place around the city in a span of 70 minutes, killing 56 people. In the trailer, the police are on the tense trail of a terrorist named Yasin. While they are unable to track Yasin, they find an unwitting engineer friend of Yasin and use him to their advantage. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub plays the student sent in as a mole to infiltrate the terrorist plot.

Chhara's debut as a director shows an impressive plot, with a certain 'Departed' feel of its mole character. Ayyub is sincere in his portrayal as the character. Known for playing supporting characters in films like Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Raees (2016) and Tubelight (2017), Ayyub is one to watch out for. Anjali Patil plays the journalist following the story, while her cop husband continues to hound the trail.

Based on Ahmedabad bomb blasts, Sameer to be released on 15 September

The film was in the news recently after the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) asked the maker to remove the terms 'mann ki baat' from a dialogue due to its connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio show. The removal of Nihalani from his CBFC post seems to be apt timing for the release of the film. It will be interesting to see how the film passes its new 'censor' board post the makeover.