The Patriotic Pakistani Industry
The industry that used to boast more than 700 cinemas, now hardly had 100 of them. The number of films as well declined from what it used to be in the past. Previously, there were about 200 movies produced in a year, but now it had also reduced to only 25. The main reason for this drastic change is the changing of cinema houses to shopping malls and this change occurred due to the lack of interest of the public towards the cinema houses and so lack of business.
Although now the situation of the Pakistani industry is totally different as it had revived upping its ante. The Pakistani film industry had given many blockbusters in the last five years that would fuel up your soul with the right amount of energy. Few movies would definitely blend up your devoted enthusiasm while others would unquestionably give you snippets of rib-tickling parody. But the fledgling industry of Pakistan is entirely different when it comes to bleeding green. Many hits had been produced in the last few years and in the past as well that are just perfect to rejuvenate your passion and trigger up the patriotism in you.
Many famous Pakistani dramas having the feel of patriotism managed to be on our television sets for quite a long time grabbing the attention of its audiences. The famous drama ‘Sipahi Maqbool Hussain’ made with the collaboration of ISPR and Interflow Communications was based on the life of Sipahi Maqbool Hussain who went missing during the Azaad Kashmir regiment during 1965 war between India and Pakistan. Another famous serial ‘Alpha Bravo Charlie’ made with the relation department of Pakistani army sent a wave of
excitement among the audience. The story of three friends and their individual experience of being in the army struck the audience. ‘Wilco’ a venture of Seventh Star Entertainment and ISPR focuses on the army that not only protect the people from the enemies but also help those who are affected by natural disasters. ‘Khuda Zameen Se Gaya Nahi Hai’ a project of ISPR with HUM TV and PTV revolves around the activities of an extremist leader and with the help of ISPR, the drama was able to cast many Pakistani soldiers and also use army helicopters. ‘Faseel-e-Jaan Say Agay’ an ISPR and CRS public relation was a brave struggle of the valiant soldiers against the ever growing extremist activities. The film industry is also not so far when it comes to patriotism. Projects like ‘Main Hoon Shahid Afridi’, Shahzad Rafique’s ‘Ishq-e-Khuda’, Matteela’s production ‘Zinda Bhaag’ and Iram Parveen’s internationally acclaimed small budget ‘Josh’ are few of the movies that proved to be the reviving pills of the Pakistani cinema. The initiative taken in this regard by ARY Films and ISPR is commendable. Productions like ‘Waar’, ‘Operation 021’ and ‘Saya-i-Khuda-iZuljalal’ put a new life to Pakistani cinemas. Shoaib Mansoor’s ‘Khuda Kay Liye’ broke the Pakistani stereotypes regarding the teachings of Islam and Pakistani culture and highlighted the brutalities faced by Muslims after 9/11. Another outstanding biopic ‘Shah’ revolves around the life of Hussain Shah who was the only Pakistani to have secured a medal in the Olympics. Ashir Azeem’s political thriller ‘Maalik’ circles around the SSG officer’s anti-corruption crusade. Although the movie got banned for inciting violence and bias but the KPK government released it in their region. The biographical movie ‘Jinnah’ released in 1998 showed the life of the founder of Pakistan. The movie was re-released in 2015. Jami’s patriotic venture ‘Moor’ released nationwide depicts a real life story which was established on the collapse of a railway system in Balochistan. The movie was all about a station master who was caught in a former instant. Jamal Shah’s action drama film ‘Revenge of the Worthless’ was a hard hitting movie based on real life incidents. The film describes a severely distorted social account with social legacy highlighting the courageous battles of unsung heroes amid 2009 Swat Insurgency.
The trend of patriotic movies in the Pakistani industry is again at a rise and we are well aware that Pakistanis are a passionate yet emotional notion. We may see thousands of people who are always complaining about Pakistan and its ongoing social problems but deep inside there’s a
patriotic part in everyone’s heart. The newly released ‘Yalgaar’ managed to bring the audience to the cinemas due to its groping plot and the touch of patriotism. The film explores what happened in the life of those involved, including the militants and how all of them were affected at personal level because of the ongoing operation. The movie proved to be a major hit at the box office proving to be the second highest grosser of 2017 after ‘Fast & Furious 8.’ The upcoming movies ‘Project Ghazi’ and ‘Waar 2’ are in the cue to be released as soon as possible. While Project Ghazi is a superhero movie that revolves around the thread to the political soldiers, ‘Waar 2’ is a sequel to the 2013 action thriller ‘Waar’ portraying Pakistan’s effort to conduct a war on terror and how the lives of security officials are affected. Both the movies having a solid plot are anxiously waiting to be released by the said date for its audience, while the audiences wearing the emotion of patriotism on their hearts are too waiting for its release.
The change that happened to occur in the Pakistani industry is all because of the young blood. With the entrance of young producers, directors and actors, Pakistan has a scope of going beyond where it is now. The audiences, particularly the middle class, are coming back to the cinemas to watch local films without the regret of purchasing the movie tickets afterwards. Although our films could not be compared to as what the Indian cinema is producing, but it is way much better. The movies being produced in Pakistan are somewhat decent, which is, in fact, a massive improvement for our shaky production ethics. There is no need to have that tootie frooties and Billi in our films, we are very much happy without them. Even there may not be a shift from Indian cinema but people could be lured into the true essence of Pakistani talent by incorporating genius ideas and themes for display.
The recent wave of ambitious productions had raised hopes that the declining movie industry may be on the verge of renaissance. It is refreshing to see Pakistani film makers taking a different approach from the past of singing and dancing and creating thought provoking and patriotic films. With more decent looking local movies infiltrating theatres, we could conclude that we are heading towards the right direction in terms of public sentiments, emotions and their entertainment. One thing that needs to be highlighted is that the film makers must not, by any chance, use the word PATRIOTISM for their own business, there should be a proper story as well.