The sequel to Hajwala (street racing or drifting) is set to release in November after wrapping up its UAE shoot in 30 days, filming across 300 hours in four emirates.
The Dhabi Films and Empire International production is a joint effort between the UAE and Lebanon, with Hajwala 2: The Mysterious Mission narrating the story of five drifters who collaborate with a gang to embark on a new adventure.
Director Ebrahim Bin Mohammad described the action-comedy as a “different kind of story,” which was “filmed with a new way of thinking.” Mohammad also co-directed and wrote the first film that saw two team leaders entering into a competition that unexpectedly changes their lives.
The sequel takes the story forward, according to the makers.
Shot in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, the makers have further stated the audience will see a number of movie stars from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq collaborating on the project, along with members of the motoring world, including Captain Abdallah Youssef, the Kingdom’s drift champion.
Ali Marzouqi, Director General of Dhabi Films, stated the project will “represent a milestone in the UAE movie industry.”
Mario Jr Haddad, President at Empire International, added: “We believe in the potential of Emirati films and following the success of the first Hajwala, we are confident that the sequel will appeal to Arab audiences and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have worked on.”
Hajwala 2 will also release across cinemas in Saudi Arabia.