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Pak­istani Films in 2017 Some Promis­ing Ac­tresses Another Awards Cir­cus

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Pak­istani cinema is now pro­gres­sively pick­ing up. 2016 was a good year with films like Mah e Mir, Ac­tor in Law, etc. but there are ma­jor hur­dles to be crossed. Other films that were re­leased in 2016 in­cluded La­hore Se Agey, Maa­lik, Bachaana, Hi­jrat, Ishq Pos­i­tive, Sa­lute, Saye-eKhuda-e-Zul­jalal, 3 Ba­hadur: The Re­venge of Baba Balaam, Jee­wan Hathi, Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai, etc. Any film in­dus­try takes time to evolve and de­velop and this can take up al­most 30 to 40 years. More film­mak­ers and in­vestors are needed for the film in­dus­try to make some­head­way. May be there comes a time when Pak­istani films will be ex­ported to Iran, Turkey, In­dia, UAE, Sri Lanka, Nepal, etc. At present, In­dian con­tent is be­ing watched in Pak­istan with great in­ter­est. The Pak­istani in­dus­try on its own is still in a pre­lim­i­nary phase of re­vival.

“Pak­istani cinema should not ex­per­i­ment. You have to make cinema your unique iden­tity. But right now cinema is evolv­ing and when it evolves it will it­self re­veal what that iden­tity is,” says In­dian ac­tor Naseer-ud-din Shah.

Pak­istani film­mak­ers must try not to copy In­dian con­tent ei­ther. Pak­istan is it­self full of in­spir­ing sto­ries. Pak­istani cus­toms and her­itage have a lot to of­fer and this must be cap­i­talised upon.

Pak­istani cinema can of­fer sto­ries that at­tract the com­mon man. The fo­cus on go­ing global should be the next step. Pak­istan has just 106 screens in a coun­try of over 200 mil­lion peo­ple. The lack of cine­mas and high film ticket prices are ba­sic prob­lems. While there are mul­ti­plexes for those who can af­ford the high ticket prices, there is a need for cine­mas with lesser priced tick­ets to bring in more film-watch­ers.

There is news that In­dian films will hit Pak­istani screens once again soon. This cuts boh ways. It will of­fer more more prof­its to cinema own­ers and the ben­e­fits will travel all the way to the film pro­duc­ers and ac­tors but on the other hand, it will also add to the in­se­cu­rity of lo­cal film­mak­ers. This is all the more rea­son why Pak­istani films should be stronger and pow­er­ful so that more peo­ple are at­tracted to the cine­mas to watch lo­cal con­tent.

More than 20 films are said to be in the works cov­er­ing ac­tion, ro­mance, so­cial is­sues, his­tory and drama. Will these films make a bang at the box of­fice?

Saba Qa­mar has now turned to film act­ing. She has al­ready ap­peared in such films as La­hore Sey Aa­gay and 8969 and will be seen in Hindi Medium, op­po­site Ir­rfan Khan.

Yal­ghaar is a war epic with a re­port­edly PKR 60 crore bud­get. It is based on the true story of Pak­istan Army’s Swat Op­er­a­tion and ex­plores the af­ter­math of the op­er­a­tion. Hassan Waqas Raza, di­rec­tor of the film, has re­vealed that it is a trib­ute to the slain chil­dren of the 2014 Pe­shawar School at­tack. It has a star-stud­ded cast such as Shaan Shahid, Hu­mayun Saeed, Ad­nan Sid­diqui, Armeena Khan and Aye­sha Omer.

Maula Jatt 2 is an ac­tion drama film di­rected by Bi­lal Lashari. It is writ­ten by Nasir Adib and Bi­lal. A se­quel to the 1979 Maula Jatt, it features Fawad Khan and Hamza Ali Ab­basi who will be seen in the lead roles with Mahira Khan and Hu­maima Ma­lik. “This will be my take on Gan­dasa films which are blamed for the death of Lol­ly­wood,” says Bi­lal Lashari.

Pun­jab Nahi Jaoongi is di­rected by Nadeem Baig and writ­ten by Khalil-ur-Rehman Qa­mar. It is a love story and ex­poses a cross-cul­ture mar­riage be­tween two peo­ple be­long­ing to Sindh and Pun­jab. It features Hu­mayun Saeed, Me­hwish Hayat, Urwa Ho­cane and Ahmed Butt.

Project Ghazi is a sort of su­per­hero film that features Hu­mayun Saeed, She­heryar Mu­nawar and Saira Shahroz. It is di­rected by Nadir Shah.

Mehrunisa We Lub You is a ro­man­tic film, di­rected by Yasir Nawaz and writ­ten by Saqib Saleem. Sana Javed is mak­ing her de­but in the film. It stars Danish Taimoor, Sana Javed, Javed Sheikh and Saqib Sameer. Amina Ilyas will also be seen in an item song.

Balu Mahi is a ro­man­tic com­edy film fea­tur­ing model Sadaf Kan­wal in a de­but role while Os­man Khalid Butt and Ainy Jaf­feri are in leads roles. It is di­rected by Hais­sam Hus­sain and pro­duced by Sa­dia Jab­bar. Ra­hat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawwali ti­tled “Rung De Chu­nar” has al­ready cre­ated some ex­cite­ment among fans.

Ran­greza is a mu­si­cal ro­man­tic film, di­rected by Aamir Mo­hi­ud­din and pro­duced by Yasir Mo­hi­ud­din and Us­man Malkani. It is writ­ten by Akhtar Qayyum with mu­sic by Hamza Akram Qawwal. As­rar Shah sings in Ran­greza. It features Urwa Ho­cane, Bi­lal Ashraf, Go­har Rasheed, Tan­veer Ja­mal, Seemi Pasha, Saba Faisal, Hu­maira Bano, Saleem Mairaj and Ak­ber Sub­hani.

Arth2 is a ro­man­tic drama film, di­rected and writ­ten by Shaan Shahid. The film is a re­make of Ma­hesh Bhatt’s 1982 Arth and stars Shaan Shahid, Hu­maima Ma­lik, Mo­hib Mirza, Uzma Hassan and Yasir Hus­sain. “Shaan Sahib is re­mak­ing a film that I started my ca­reer with and that makes me very happy. I am very keen to see how he will in­ter­pret it,” said Ma­hesh Bhatt, the In­dian film-maker.

Cha­lay Thay Saath stars Syra Shehroz, Kent S. Le­ung, Behroz Sabzwari and Man­sha Pasha. It is di­rected by Umer Adil and pro­duced by Been­ish Umer with Sheikh Shi­raz Mubashir as the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. It re­volves around emo­tions, re­la­tion­ships and self-re­al­iza­tion.

The Trail is writ­ten, di­rected and pro­duced by news an­chor Kamran Shahid. It is based on the his­tor­i­cal in­ci­dents of 1971 and stars Mikaal Zul­fiqar, Sa­dia Khan, Shamoon Ab­basi, Re­sham and Alyy Khan.

Verna has been writ­ten by Shoaib Man­soor. It is based on women in Pak­istan. It is also di­rected by him and features Mahira Khan in the lead role.

Cinema in Pak­istan is set to get a new fil­lip from these films. But gen­er­at­ing money at the box of­fice re­mains a chal­lenge. More com­mer­cial films will need to be made and the in­dus­try must be fa­cil­i­tated through new tech­nol­ogy, a re­spectable film acad­emy ad other sup­port that pro­motes film-mak­ing.

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