Friday, 19 October 2018

The Donkey King Breaks All Animated Movies Record in Pakistan!

Geo Films recent animation movie The Donkey King continues to create waves across the box office. The film surpassed previous records of all animated movies in local cinema on its day one with an impressive Rs3.6 million in business slightly higher than its earlier comparisons.

Following the trend, the film has managed to make a whopping Rs3.25 crore in its four days business, leaving behind all other animation movies produced previously! Earlier animation releases Allahyar and Legend of Markhor, 3 Bahadur 1 and 3 Bahadur 2 had total four day earning of Rs2.18 crore, Rs1.5 crore and Rs1.67 crore respectively. The numbers The Donkey King has achieved are quite astounding given the history.

According to Box Office Detail, the movie after a strong run on the weekend was expected to slow down on its third day i.e. Monday, as expected with the previous movies' performances on weekdays. However in contrast to expectations, the film made another Rs3.5 million on Monday hence validating its strong position on the box office.

Seeing the upward trend of the movie, popularity of its music and the hype amongst audiences, it can be safely said that The Donkey King is going to have a successful run on the box office in the coming weeks as well.

Trailer of 'Pinky Memsaab' shows bittersweet tale of two worlds

KARACHI: Although off to an erratic start, Pinky Memsaab‘s trailer begins with answering a very important question – how Hajra Yamin’s character got the nickname Pinky. “Bachpan se, mere gaal na laal tamaatar hua karte thay. Bas jee, parh gaya mera naam… Pinky (As a kid, my cheeks were tomato red. And so, I became Pinky),” narrates Yamin.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s speak of the more serious parts. Yamin’s character is seen married off to a village guy but due to financial constraints, she moves to Dubai, to work as a maid. And that’s where the second lead Kiran Malik, who plays a Dubai-based socialite named Mehr, comes in.

The trailer shows the transition from Pinky’s village life to Mehr’s lavish lifestyle in a subtly comical way. The Maan Jao Na star is seen waiting at the airport for hours, holding a name board until Santosh the chauffeaur (Sunny Hinduja) finally comes to pick her up.

However, in between these ‘happier’ moments, snippets of the bitter relationship Mehr has with her husband Hasan (Adnan Jaffar) are also displayed; including hints of abuse, jealousy and carelessness. This negativity portrayed in Mehr’s life is probably the reason why the bond between the two females had formed, as she finds a kind of escape in her kinship with Pinky.

Overall, Pinky Memsaab is a story of two different worlds in the form of Pinky and Mehr. It entangles the lives of the four characters quite aptly, making for a thought-provoking tale. The concept, as Mehr narrates it, seems to be “Kuch cheezen door se bohot achi lagti hain, per paas jao… toh woh baat rehti hi nahi. (Some things look very admirable from afar, but when you come closer,

it’s just not the same.” Pinky Memsaab is all set to hit theatres on Decemebr 7, 2018.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Farhan Saeed to debut in films with Wajahat Rauf's 'Karachi Se Lahore 3'

Yep, its our very own, and hot favorite singer cum actor Farhan Saeed. And he's studiously reading the scripts for Wajahat Rauf's Karachi Se Lahore 3. And while he could be singing a song or two in the film, he wouldn't need to be reading the script for that, would he?

So, running our radars on high alerts, we have learned from our credible sources that Farhan Saeed indeed is all set to make his film debut with Wajahat Rauf's Karachi Se Lahore 3.

The sources further confirm that Farhan Saeed has replaced Ahmed Ali Akbar in this pivotal character for the film and will be playing the lead alongside Kubra Khan.

Karachi Se Lahore 3 will be Wajahat Rauf's 3rd film, scripted by Yasir Hussain and the third edition of his hit franchise Karachi Se Lahore. The film is all set to go on the floors from December 2018 and stars Yasir Hussain, Asad Siddiqui, Zara Noor Abbas, Ayesha Omar, Shehzad Sheikh, Kubra Khan and now Farhan Saeed in important roles.

Donkey King Makes An All-Time High Opening Day!

The film broke all previous animated movies' record and made a handsome Rs3.6 million on its first day of release

The Aziz Jindani animated movie Donkey King that had created a pre-release hype for its star cast and catchy music has managed to get the highest ever opening day business!

Produced under Geo Films banner, the film has broken all previous records of animated movies and acquired a handsome Rs3.6 million on its first day of release. The turnover is slightly higher than Allahyar and Legend of Markhor that earned Rs3.5 million on its opening day.

Starring Jan Rambo, Ismail Tara and Hina Dilpazeer, Donkey King has been widely applauded in the masses for its political satire theme and exceptional animation work. The song Donkey Raja from the movie had become a household favorite among children even before the movie release.

According to a Box Office website, the film is expected to double its earning on the second day of release. It is also expected that Donkey King will most likely earn a total of Rs15 million during its weekend business.

It is also noteworthy that Donkey King was released alongside five other movies, hence the opening day business is quite an impressive one!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Film industry's revival calls for increase in digital cinemas

LAHORE: Strong storylines, advancements in technology and the younger crop of talented actors and film-makers have played a pivotal role in rejuvenating Pakistani cinema. With quality work infiltrating theatre halls now, we are finally heading in the right direction in terms of public entertainment.

The rebirth of Pakistan’s film circuit has been followed by the demand for more cinemas across the country. Bigger cities have started the construction of digital theatres, with the number currently standing at 140. The number of screens at each cinema is also in the process of increasing. As of now, an extra 200 screens have been added to existing cinema houses.

Details provide that the last five years have seen a growing amount of modern cinemas, courtesy of Urdu films. The likes of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad already have such halls.

According to stake holders, the next few years will see the construction of 500 new cinemas across the country due to the increasing amount of investors wanting to plough money into the business. Talking to The Express Tribune, the chairman of the Film Distributors Association, Chaudhry Ejaz Kamran said, “We hope to see an additional 500 modern cinemas in Pakistan in the next five years.”

However, stakeholders have made it clear that the success of digital cinemas is associated with the strength of the local film industry. “The most important thing, in this regard, is for our industry insiders to produce good films which will strengthen our industry,” Kamran stated. They also believe that the government of Pakistan should take an initiative and aid the film community.

It is important to mention here that nearly four decades ago, Pakistan’s cinema industry was among the best in Asia and the cinema business was at its peak. There were nearly 800 cinema houses at the time, with 400 of these in Punjab.

Back then, Lahore was known as the hub of film-making with around 85 cinema halls within the city. Nonetheless, many of them were forced to shut down due to the crisis that hit the nation’s film industry, leaving only 25 cinema halls. But the contribution of new talent to Pakistan’s showbiz has allowed an increasing construction of cinemas.

Speaking about the power of local cinema, Kamran mentioned that we do not need revenue from Indian films to keep our industry afloat. “This year, the occasion of both Eids proved that we can do good business without Indian films and that was commendable.”

Kamran went on to talk about the possibility of increasing shareholders. “Many foreign investors have expressed their interest of expending in and contributing to our cinema business. Although this is great news, we still need our government to focus on welfare for Pakistan’s film industry,” he said.

Senior film director Iqbal Kashmiri also shared his two cents on the situation, affirming that although Urdu films have greatly impacted the film industry, Punjabi and Pashto films have done no less. “It’s true that new cinemas have been constructed due to the revival of the film industry. However, while Urdu films have pitched in, we should not forget the importance of Punjabi and Pashto films.”

He continued, “Without them, this revival would not have been possible and without them, we can go back into a crisis. Punjabi cinema was once at the top of the game and there are still numerous viewers present in Punjab, wanting Punjabi films.” Kashmiri concluded by noting that most cinemagoers are from the lower class and are unable to afford high prices and therefore, traditional cinemas should come back into play.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Bilal Lashari's Maula Jatt Set To Release Next Eid!

One of the most anticipated movie of this year has to be the Bilal Lashari directorial Maula Jatt! With a stellar cast of Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Humaima Malick on board, it's already the talk of the town.

Now while we are super thrilled for the project as we can't wait to see Fawad and Hamza converse in Punjabi, today we have another reason to be excited for the film. According to our sources, the release date of Maula Jutt has been finalized and it happens to be Eid ul Fitr 2019!

Now this news is quite big for us, as we have been trying for long to find out when will the star-studded film will see the light of day, so this bit of information has literally brighten up a fan's day.

In addition to that - if the information on the release date was not enough to excite you - our little bird also told us that the trailer for Maula Jatt is also expected to release very soon! This is calll double the treat!

Now while we look forward to watch Fawad and Mahira romance one another yet again, right there we can't help but wonder what the fate of the film will be. Apparently the film will clash with Salman Khan's Bharat which too is slated for the same release date.

Here another fact is important to mention that maybe, just maybe Bharat does not get the green signal to release in Pakistan! As earlier we saw this year that Indian films were not allowed to be screened on Eid in order to give our local movies plenty of screens to excel and woo the audiences.

Maula Jutt is currently in post production stage and we for one can't wait to see the film. It has all our favorites in one frame and watching them all together on the big screen is a treat we don't get to see very often!

All fingers crossed for Maula Jutt.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ayesha Omer Believes in Portraying Strong Women On-Screen

Renowned actress Ayesha Omer has been in the entertainment industry for quite some time now and known for her unconventional characters.

Ayesha recently spoke to Haroon Rasheed of BBC Asian Network and shed light on her choice of characters and the reasons behind.

"I have always wanted to do characters that push the boundaries, that send out a strong positive image in the world," said the 30-years old actress.

Adding further she said, "In recent times we have seen films like Verna and Parwaz Hai Junoon that were female centric and portrayed strong, independent females."

"I'll only want to do characters that would further push that message, we need that kind of image lifting of Pakistan," she emphasized.

In addition to her vision of playing progressive characters on-screen, Ayesha also appreciated the digital mediums like Netflix that have further given boost to Pakistan's entertainment industry.

She appreciated Netflix that has given a wide reach to Pakistani dramas for both Pakistani community and non Pakistani fans of our local dramas.

 "It's nice that all this happening," she concluded.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Pakistan Has Only 161 Cinema Screens for 200 Million Population!

Pakistani film industry is evidently flourishing and recent Eid ul Adha when all the films released were Pakistani, further validated this boom.

However, there’s one sector – deeply related to film industry – that is still lagging behind. The plight of cinema owners and industry is still unheard and while the fraternity and audiences continue to grow with exponential increase in opportunities, the number of cinema screens in Pakistan is still unmatched to cater the large number of cinema goers.

As per a digital media outlet, the total number of cinema screens in Pakistan – which has presumably grown over the years – is not more than 161. Out of these, as many as 59 are in Lahore, whereas both Balochistan and Sindh (which includes the largest city Karachi) have only a handful of 39 screens!

Chairman Pakistan Exhibitor Association Zoraiz Lashari while talking to the outlet said, “The reason of greater number of screens in Lahore is that initially Lahore was the hub of film production, and while that has changed, the populace in Lahore is still more accustomed to the idea of going to a cinema to watch a movie.”

Adding further he said, ”However, there’s a very slow growth in number of cinema screens and that is mainly on the back of massive land and construction costs for cinemas and much more than that, the running cost of a cinema house is too expensive.”

The Chairman shared his appeal to the higher up authorities to ease up the taxation, utility costs and provide benefit to cinema owners so that this industry can also grow and cater to the needs of large number of cinema goers – which is by the way still on the rise.

We hope that this message gets across and in near future we see an exponential increase in cinema screens of Pakistan that benefits everyone associated to the entertainment industry.

Meera, Osman Khalid Butt to share screen space for first time

KARACHI: Saqib Malik’s long-awaited directorial debut for the big screen, titled Baaji will soon be nearing completion. A social drama-cum-thriller set against the backdrop of a fading Lollywood and the emerging new order of the Pakistan film industry, Baaji promises to be a film with a difference, stated a press release.

Penned by Irfan Ahmed Urfi and Saqib himself, Baaji’s storyline aims to deliver a sizzling dose of high glamour and intense drama. Although the film is a homage of sorts to the riveting story and character oriented classics of Pakistani cinema of the 70s, Baaji will, however, be very contemporary in its tone and treatment.

The film boasts of a unique and stellar lineup of actors, including Meera making her comeback in a career-defining title role. Showstopper supermodel Aamna Ilyas, who recently stole the show in 7 Din Mohabbat In, will also be proving her acting prowess as the female lead

The men in the film should equally hold their own with Osman Khalid Butt leading a crew that includes Mohsin Abbas Haider and Ali Kazmi in pivotal roles. Nisho, the Lollywood star of yesteryear, will be seen in a strong supporting role, along with the highly sought after Nayyar Ejaz.

Musically, Baaji should also hit all the right notes with names like Zeb Bangash, Jamal Rahman, Taha Malik and the legendary maestro of Pakistani cinema, Taffoo, contributing to the film. Audiences will surely wait with bated breath for Baaji to hit the screens in mid-2019.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Cake Shortlisted for Oscar Consideration in 'Foreign Language Film Award’ Category!

Aaminah Sheikh and Sanam Saeed starrer “CAKE” has been selected to be submitted for Oscar consideration in the 'Foreign Language Film Award’ category at the 91st Academy Awards. The selection has been made by Pakistani Academy Selection Committee, chaired by two-time Emmy and Academy Award winning film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will choose the final nominees for all award categories including 'Best Foreign Language Film' in January 2019. The complete and final list of Oscar nominees will be announced on January 22nd, 2019 with the presentation show for the 91st Academy Awards scheduled to take place on February 24th, 2019.

Chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the selection committee includes Kamila Shamshi [Novelist], Saira Kazmi [Actress and Director}, HM Naqvi [Novelist], Hadiqa Kiani [singer, song writer, and philanthropist], Ali Sethi [Singer and writer]. Zoe Viccaji [Singer, Song-writer, and musical actress], Nadeem Farooq Paracha [Journalist, author, and cultural critic], Nabila Maqsood [Haistylist and entrepreneur], Khalid Malik [Actor and Radio Jockey] and Faisal Qureshi [Actor].

First Look of Paray Hut Love is Here - Is Mahira Still On-Board?

Asim Raza’s second directorial Paray Hut Love has been in the news for quite a while now. First it was Mahira Khan’s exit (or not) and Maya Ali’s entry that made waves in the news and now it’s the first look of the movie – credit the director himself – that has caught the attention of media and masses alike.

Since the first shoot spell for the movie, in Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir, has completed, Asim took the opportunity to share ‘first look’ of his second silver-screen project starring Sheheryar Munawar and Maya Ali and we are now rooting for more!

While Asim and Sheheryar has been a perfect combo in their previous co-produced Ho Mann Jahan starring Sheheryar, Mahira and Adeel Hussain; the duo has this time boarded quite a unique cast on-board. Including but not limited to, Ahmed Ali Butt, Zara Noor Abbas and of course the lead lady Maya Ali are all promising actors who will be featured in this rom-com.

In earlier news it came into everyone’s knowledge that Asim’s last lead lady Mahira had to quit the project due to schedule issues. However as per Gulf News, Mahira might not be completely 'Paray' from the 'Love' scene in the movie! As quoted by the news outlet’s sources, ‘Mahira will make a very special post-interval entry in the movie, and the second half will be all or mostly about her. Presumably, the story will shape up into a love triangle.'

Now we must say that the hype around PHL is increasing at quite a pace already, and we can’t wait to know more of this movie which is expected to release on Eid Ul Adha 2019! Stay tuned as we bring in all itsy-bitsy of this very anticipated production.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Is This For Real? Meera Praises Mahira Khan!

It seems that the Lollywood star was so impressed by Mahira, that she too paid a visit to under-privileged children

Miracles never cease to occur! At least that's what we had to say when Meera, who has never shied away from bashing Mahira Khan, in her latest tweet praised Mahira. But what exactly happened that made Meera have a change of heart? Well read along to find out.

But before we get in to the latest news, let's recap a bit to last year where she made no secret of retaliating against the praises and endorsement that Mahira was receiving from the media. “The trend of promoting Mahira Khan should end, there are other actors in the industry too,” once said Meera.

Fast forward to this year and Meera has a change of heart due to Mahira lending her support to the Afghan refugee children. As she herself tweeted:

Having been inspired so much by the two leading ladies, Meera herself immediately got down to doing some good deeds of her own too!

Now where we can say that Meera was copying Mahira and trying to steal a bit of the limelight, right there we rather take the positive approach and state that it is always good to take inspiration from one another and help those in need.

Both Mahira and Meera are Pakistan's assets and if they choose to work together to help under-privileged kids live a better life then there's no better collaboration!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Stars Come Out and Donate to Support PM Dam Fund

Prime Minister Imran Khan has appealed the nation to donate money to build the two crucial dams Daimir and Bhasha for the country. The PM shared that as per the alarming situation in the decrease of water level, Pakistan might face drought conditions by 2025.

In his address to the nation, he said, "I want to take over the fund-raising and want overseas Pakistanis to contribute like they used to do for the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital.

" Earlier, the Chief Justice of Pakistan had urged the nation to donate as well. After that, Chief of Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa donated Rs1 billion on behalf of Pak Army and its officers. With large number of people donating for the dams, our celebrities have also come out to support the cause by donating money. Shahid Afridi announced Rs5 lac and Rs10 lac fund from SA Foundation.

Whereas, Hamza Ali Abbasi also announced that he has donated Rs3 lac to the fund. Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa - in his personal capacity - also donated his one-month salary for the construction of Daimer-Basha and Mohmand dams.

Atif Aslam becomes another celebrity to join the bandwagon and has donated Rs25 lac to the dam funds. Also, Pakistan's umpire Aleem Dar announced that he will be contributing $10,000 to the dams fund project.

In addition to these awesome celebs, Pakistan cricket team will also be donating Rs32 lac for the construction of dams. All in all, with the contribution of public and noted personalities, the dam fund has collected Rs2 billion so far. Way to go Pakistanis!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Animated Movie Tick Tock All Set for TV Premiere

HUM TV’s animated movie Tick Tock that was released on March 23rd this year, did not fare well on local cinema and raised some serious questions over the bar of animated movies in Pakistan. Those who went to watch it termed it as very basic and amateurish animation that should be aired on TV instead of being put up in cinemas.

It seems as if the makers have taken the feedback of cinema-goers way too seriously as the film is now all set to premiere on TV over weekend.

As per HUM TV’s official Facebook Page, the animated film will premiere on World TV today Sunday, 9th of September at 5:50 pm.

Directed by Omar Hassan and produced by Sana Tauseef, Tick Tock is about two teenagers Dania and Hassan who join their teacher KK on an adventure filled with time travel. They have to stop the villain Gobo from changing the history of Pakistan for the worse.

The adventure-filled series, that features voices of talk show host Maria Memon and actors Aly Khan, Ahsan Khan and Ghulam Mohiuddin, basically aims to educate children on history.

Let's see how this premiere is received by the audiences specially young children.