First Balochi fea­ture film shot in sul­tanate to re­lease soon

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Our Cor­re­spon­dent

The first mod­ern-day full-length Balochi fea­ture film will be re­leased in Oman soon. Shot ex­clu­sively in the sul­tanate, San­gat is the story of four friends bat­tling so­cial prob­lems.

Speak­ing to Mus­cat Daily, Sami Sarang, di­rec­tor and lead ac­tor, said, “We have got the per­mis­sion from the Omani gov­ern­ment and will re­lease the movie soon. It is a story of four friends with lots of drama, mu­sic and ac­tion. Our aim is to show a dif­fer­ent side of Balochis­tan [in Pak­istan]. We hope to lay down the foun­da­tion for a strong film in­dus­try, so that young Balochi tal­ents have a plat­form to show­case their skills.”

He added that through the movie his team aims to pro­mote the Omani film in­dus­try and Balochi lan­guage.

The movie has been shot with full-frame Dig­i­tal sin­gle-lens re­flex cam­era (DSLRs) and edited with Adobe Pre­miere Pro CC. It took al­most a year from con­cep­tu­al­is­ing the script to shoot­ing and then for the post-pro­duc­tion work.

Show­cas­ing some of the best nat­u­ral and his­tor­i­cal sites in Oman, the film is slated for a re­lease in Pak­istan and Gulf states in the next few weeks. “We have cap­tured some of the most his­tor­i­cal and beau­ti­ful places in Oman. The main chal­lenge was to work with artistes who have no film ex­pe­ri­ence. We also didn’t have a big team; we had just three tech­ni­cians for shoot- ing and pro­duc­ing the film.”

He thanked his friend Said al Balushi, pro­ducer Wa­heed al Balushi and the line pro­ducer Shahid Hameed for all their sup­port. Speak­ing to Dawn newspa- per in Pak­istan Wa­heed had said, “Though the Pak­istani film in­dus­try is un­der­go­ing a re­vival of sorts, the Balochi film in­dus­try is yet to de­velop as there is a dearth of film­mak­ers. As a re­sult, cin­ema the­atres in Balochis­tan are be­ing con­verted into malls. In the last few years, four out of the seven cin­e­mas in Quetta [the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal of Balochis­tan] have been closed down.”

(Sup­plied pho­tos)

The film was shot at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Oman

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