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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Lollywood insiders expecting fruitful December as three major films gear up for release

LAHORE: Stakeholders of the Pakistani film industry are expecting a big month due to the release of three much anticipated films through December, namely Chupan Chupai, Rangreza and Arth 2.

Insiders are hopeful that these will attract the general public and expect the three upcoming releases to be amongst the best of 2017, which also saw Na Maloom Afraad 2, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Verna and Yalghaar.

Promotions have kicked-off across the country and actors, as well as the production teams, are all set out to run the campaigns. Just yesterday, actor Shaan Shahid visited various parts of Lahore in connection to his upcoming film Arth 2.

He has adopted a different approach for the promotions this time: a culturally-decorated double decker bus on which he toured Lahore along with his cast and crew members. They visited Minar-e-Pakistan and spent a lot of time there with countless fans.

Although 2017 has only seen the release of 15 Urdu films up until now and only a few of those were able to perform well financially, it is quite practical to expect these three films to not do as well as is anticipated. However, celebrities are truly assuming a fruitful outcome.

Speaking with The Express Tribune, Shaan mentioned how relaxed he felt during promotions and went on to talk about the film industry’s turn for the better. “The revival of Pakistan’s film industry has begun and I am hopeful that the public will like Arth 2. I have tried my level best to create a film that is up to international standards”

The Chairman of the Film Distributors Association of Pakistan Chaudhry Ejaz Kamran further spoke about the films that were released this year. “We always stand with the welfare of our local industry and are hopeful that all the stake holders will be satisfied with the release of Chupan Chupai, Rangreza and Arth 2,” he said.

“Without the revival of Pakistan’s film industry, we cannot receive any remuneration. I think it is the public’s responsibility to come and watch these films for the welfare of the film industry. Last month, Mahira Khan’s film Verna gave cinema owners and the general public a lot of confidence, and we hope to see the same assurance this month too.”

“I look forward to the day we will be able to say that our cinema industry can do well without Indian films,” he concluded

Whilst Arth 2 and Rangreza are both set to release on December 21, Chupan Chupai will hit theatres on December 29.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Aamina Sheikh's first look from 'Cake The Film' is finally here

Aamina Sheikh is all set to make her return to the big screen and needless to say, we can’t wait! Especially since her upcoming venture Cake The Film also stars Sanam Saeed, who was last seen in Dobara Phir Se and Sadqey Tumhare star Adnan Malik.

Now, while there were many behind the camera pictures and clips shared on the movie’s official Instagram account before, Sheikh’s character has finally been brought into the limelight.

The 021 star will be playing a ‘badass baker’ named Zareen. Aamina took to Instagram to share the illustration with the caption, “Character Reveal!”

Talking about the movie, the director Asim Abbasi previously revealed to The Express Tribune. “It’s about two sisters, one of whom lives abroad and the other is left behind here. It showcases their conflicts in dealing with their relationships and parents,” he said.

“The story is something we all can relate to in some way. We have seen globalisation, children moving away and the rivalry between siblings. It’s a story about love, loss and life and death – all the things that we are familiar with.”

Cake The Film is all set to hit the screens in spring next year.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Humaima Malick sizzles in latest song of 'Arth - The Destination'

Humaima Malick is definitely a firecracker! The starlet proves that effortlessly chic in her latest song, Aadat from her upcoming venture, Arth – The Destination, which also stars Shaan Shahid, Uzma Hasan and Mohib Mirza in titular roles.

Composed by Sahir Ali Bagga, and sung by Sana Zulfiqar, the track portrays Humaima as the diva that she is.

With apt dance moves, and perfect sultry expressions, the Bol star shows exactly why everyone should take a page or two on how to perform item numbers with grace from her book! (We’re eyeing you, Sadaf Kanwal!)

Malick also gets a shout out from her favourite Bollywood director and the man behind the classic himself, Mahesh Bhatt. The Murder director took to Twitter and lauded the starlet. He wrote, “Humaima dazzles ! She has class.

However, previously talking to The Express Tribune, the Dekh Magar Pyaar Se star asserted, “I don’t only do item numbers that entertain. I can cry, I can do romance and I can make people laugh.”

Her Pakistani venture Arth 2 — a film that’s quite close to her heart — is nearing release. The film will see Malick play a role inspired by Smita Patel’s character from the original Mahesh Bhatt film.

Bhatt had written Patel’s role after taking cue from his personal relations with Bollywood diva Parveen Babi.

“I’ve given so much to the Parveen Babi character. It takes a lot to give a performance like that,” Malick said, adding, “I believe that an actor who gives their best to a project should be doing one film a year and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

“You cannot exactly study acting. You’re either born with it or you don’t have it in you,” alleged Humaima while elucidating the hitches and hurdles she had to endure on her journey to finally making it into the film industry.

Arth – The Destination hits the theatres on December 21.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

'Parchi' trailer is out and Hareem Farooq's looks could kill

KARACHI: With the plethora of Pakistani films releasing this December, we might just have to camp in at the nearest theatre. After Arth 2, Rangreza and Chupan Chupai, we have a new addition to the line-up.

Brace yourselves everyone, the Parchi trailer is out!

Needless to say, the cast of Parchi is huge. Favourites from Diyar-e-Dil, Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman Khan, alias Arjumand and Suhaib will be seen beside Usman Mukhtar. The trio was earlier part of Janaan as well. The very handsome Ahmed Ali Akbar will also grace the screen with his presence alongside Shafqat Khan, Shafqat Cheema, Faizan Shaikh, Talal Jilani, Mojiz Hasan, Salman Shaukat, Mahenur Haider and Faiza Saleem.

Hareem makes an entrance that screams haseena atom-bomb and she looks perfect in that gangster avatar. She might just be overshadowing all the male-characters in the film.

Apart from the trailer, the film has also released its entire music album online and the tracks are mind blowing as well, as promised.

We hope it’s not too late to add another track to all your mehndi dances this season because Parchi might have just brought the best bhangra number sung by the famous Sahara and Nindy Kaur, titled Billo Hai. Hareem, Usman, Ali and Ahmed seem to have nailed all the moves. Thanks to Balu Mahi star, Osman Khalid Butt who is making a choreography debut with Parchi.

Here is the trailer:

Final Release Date Of Saat Din Mohabbat In Revealed

Karachi “Saat Din Mohabbat In,” produced by Dawn Films in collaboration with IMGC Global, is all set to unveil its magic in 2018 on Eid-ul- Fitr.

The movie stars Mahira Khan and Shehryar Munawar in lead roles with Javed Sheikh, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Aamir Qureshi, Hina Dilpazeer and Adnan Shah Tipu. “Saat Din Mohabbat In,” the first venture of Dawn Films, will be distributed all over Pakistan by the Distribution Club Private Limited.

“Saat Din Mohabbat In,” directed by the acclaimed duo Meenu and Farjad and written by Fasih Bari, aims to deliver pure entertainment through its unique storyline and star studded cast.

The cast is currently shooting for the last spell of the movie, and the movie will soon go in post- production phase.

Verna Two Weeks Worldwide Business - BoxOfficeDetails

Verna has been a low grosser when we look at previous totals films of Shoaib Mansoor or Mahira Khan but looking at genre it has done reasonably well.. As per estimates two domestic total has finished at little over 5cr approx and now third Weekend is of just two days as cinemas were closed on Friday.

Coming toward overseas it has seen decent to low performances from various territories but UAE has done quite well.. Film had seen a Week late release in UAE amidst huge negativity at social media but numbers there have come exceedingly well with Week closing around 80lacs! If it had released in time then Week numbers would have been similar or probably better than a big film like Punjab Nahi Jaungi which came on Eid!! UK saw slow start but has been steady in Week two, similar is the trend in North America.

Film has collected over 3.5cr from Overseas in two weeks which is a respectable total taking 14 days worldwide total around 8.65cr approx.. Film will probably cross 10cr mark before end of it's run..

Below is the territorial breakdown of the film till the end of Week two..

Pakistan (estimates)..

5.05cr UK.. 1.57cr

North America.. 1.05cr

UAE.. 78lacs

Australia.. 17lacs

Total.. 8.62cr

Friday, 1 December 2017

Supermodel Omer Shahzad joins the cast of 'Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2'

The sequel to Pakistan’s highest-grossing film to date Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA 2) has a casting coupe of sorts. Humayun Saeed, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Uzma Khan and Sarwat Gilani will be reappearing in their respective roles – while it was earlier announced that Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan have joined the star-studded cast.

The latest addition to JPNA 2’s cast is model-turned-actor Omer Shahzad, who impressed us with his all-new beefed-up avatar on the runways this year. Having made a forgettable cinematic debut with Jawad Bashir’s Teri Meri Love Story, Omer now hopes to prove his mettle as an actor. However, his television career has only blossomed over the years since his foray with Adhoori Aurat in 2013 to the ongoing hit Alif Allah Aur Insaan.

Omer, who’s joined the team in Istanbul, Turkey, where the film is being shot since early November, spoke exclusively to The Express Tribune directly from the sets. “When Nadeem came to me with this part, he told me a little about it – but what really made me say yes was when he told me that I was perfect for this particular character,” he began, revealing how he was approached and what made him take it up.

Though, he chose to remain tight-lipped about his character and its facets, he did disclose that his character holds great significance in the progress of the plot. And even though Omer is evidently not the centre of attention in the film, he feels working with an adept troupe will only assist him in polishing his acting skills.

“The best part is that I get to learn so much,” he professes as one asks him of the substance he has to offer in the film, “Of course, I do want to (work on a solo lead-film), but all four protagonists in this film are senior actors, so it’s going to be a very different experience altogether. The cast literally brings together my favourite actors together and that would definitely help me grow as an actor.”

Speaking of what the audience may expect from the film, Omer was all praises for the feature. “I think this part (of JPNA) is coming up with something very exciting and stirring, I must say it’s been a wonderful experience so far working with the entire crew, here in Turkey. It’s huge, it’s massive and I am truly honoured to be a part of such an amazing team,” he concluded.

In an earlier interview with a leading daily, Fahad Mustafa had revealed that the film follows his journey with his leading lady, just how Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat were brought together by the rest of the gang in the original. What one hopes to find out soon is how the new entries, Kubra Khan and Mawra Hocane come into play and whether Omer has more to offer than eye-candy? We’ll have to wait and find out. JPNA 2 releases worldwide on Eidul Azha 2018.

Monday, 27 November 2017

No one can just become ‘Meera’, it takes years of struggle: Meera

LAHORE: Renowned Lollywood actor Meera revealed that she will soon be among the top heroines of Pakistan. She said that she’s working on bigger projects now and a Karachi-based film director has cast her in a film which will serve as a breakthrough for her career. She also added that all the female actors now are trying to be like her, making her their ideal.

Meera started working in showbiz about a decade ago. However, she has been inactive due to marriage-related court cases. The actor had filed a lawsuit seeking orders to restrain her self-proclaimed husband from calling her his wife. She stated that it took nine years for the court to finally issue a verdict in her case of jactitation of marriage.

“I never said I was leaving the film industry. I was doing other projects and also worked in Bollywood films as the industry here was in crisis at that time. I always give priority to quality work and I’ve been lucky with what I’ve done so far. I am now very excited to begin shooting for my next film in Karachi,” the Salakhain actor told The Express Tribune. She is very enthusiastic to about rebooting her film career which is why she recently made a guest appearance in a Lahore based film too.

When questioned on her favourite director in the industry right now, Meera replied, “There are many talented people in the film business and I really admire Ho Mann Jahaan’s director Asim Raza. His work has been very impressive and I feel that he is amongst the best directors in Lollywood right now. It will be an honour for me to work with him.” She further added, “I am hopeful that with new people entering Pakistani cinema, the industry will flourish and be known to the rest of the world.”

The actor continued, “I’ve earned fame only on the basis of hard work and talent. I advise all girls in the industry to be a 100% dedicated to working hard. No one can become ‘Meera’ after starring in a few movies, it takes years of struggle.” “I made a good name for myself and did all sorts of roles, both in Urdu and Punjabi films. I don’t believe there is any competition for me in Lollywood. I don’t compare myself with other actors because I like to focus on positivity, honesty and commitment,” explained Meera.

When asked about the kind of films she wants to do now, Meera quoted, “Currently, I feel that I should do a comedy movie. I want to impress my fans with my acting skills once again and I think doing a comedy flick will help me accomplish that.” Civil court issues arrest warrants for Meera She also claimed, “I think everyone experiences hardships and difficulties but that does not mean that one should give up. I didn’t leave the industry during difficult times, like many others did, and I think that makes me a very strong woman.” With all the rumours and ups-and-downs, Meera has managed to stand her ground and we wish her nothing but the best for her upcoming projects.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Final release date of 'Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2' revealed

Behold! The next installment of the audience-favourite Jawani Phir Nahi Ani has just announced its release date. The film comes out on Eidul Azha next year and we cannot help but swoon over how dapper all the men look.

Cast members of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA2), which include Ahmed Ali Butt and Humayun Saeed, have begun filming in Istanbul. Fahad Mustafa will be seen replacing Hamza Ali Abbasi in the sequel. Other cast members include Vasay Chaudhry, Uzma Khan, Sarwat Gilani and further additions comprise Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan.

Parts of the movie will be shot in Turkey while some portions will later also be filmed in Dubai.

There were earlier reports that Rishi Kapoor was offered a role in the movie which he politely turned down. Syra Shehroz was also offered a part in JPNA2 – however, she also refused saying that her role wasn’t “substantial” enough.

 The first chapter of the movie was adored by Pakistani audiences worldwide while some movie-goers also criticised it for its vulgarity. This was reportedly one of the reasons Hamza Ali Abbasi backed out from the sequel.

While the first look of the men is out, we’re now anxious to see the beautiful ladies.

Friday, 24 November 2017

'Chupan Chupai' aims to encourage young talent in Pakistan

KARACHI: 2017 has been the year of many entertaining films. From the multi-starrer like Punjab Nahi Jaungi to Mahira Khan’s controversial Verna, the Pakistani cinema is surely making itself known to the rest of the world. With the year coming to an end a lot of films are set to be released, namely Rangreza, Arth 2 and Parchi, now with the latest addition of Chupan Chupai.

The comedy-thriller unveiled its poster earlier this week with a scheduled release date of December 29 while the trailer was launched last night at Nueplex Cinemas.

The red carpet event brought forth the cast of the film, which includes names of senior actors like Rehan Sheikh, Sakina Samo and the iconic Talat Hussain. Faizan Khawaja, Adnan Jaffar and graduates of Napa make up the rest of the cast while Ahsan Khan and Neelum Muneer take the lead. Ray Khan and Zayed Sheikh, a Napa graduate, make their production debut with Chupan Chupai. Fellow graduate, Mohsin Ali who was earlier a part of Wrong No. makes his directional debut with this film. Javed Sheikh, one of the biggest names in the industry is also a part of Chupan Chupai but producers did not want to disclose a lot about him in the trailer as he comes as a surprise element.

The producers revealed that it was very challenging for them in the beginning to make this film.”Distribution is probably the most difficult part while creating a film because not a lot of people are willing to trust you since you are new in the industry,” said the producers. Once filming begun, their biggest challenge was making sure that all the 53 different locations and 20 major characters in the film get to fulfill their purpose on screen. They were thankful that the entire cast trusted them with their vision.

Mohsin when questioned on why he is so adamant on working in comedy movies said, “I think there is nothing better than comedy that we can give to our citizens. Comedy is a very strong genre in our country and what’s better than making our people laugh.” He also revealed, “I couldn’t queue ‘action’ when it was Talat saab’s first day on set as he was my teacher back at Napa. But he explained that I should forget about the student-teacher relationship on set and ask from him whatever he would ask from any other actor.”

Ahsan, the lead actor explained that he was very quick to finish the script and that is primarily what made him choose this film. He further added that Chupan Chupai is a mix of Golmaal, Na Maloom Afraad and The Hangover. Ahsan is known for doing meaningful projects like Udaari and standing up for issues in the society and this film does that. “Chupan Chupai is firstly entertaining, however, it also focuses on unemployment in the country and how people in our society resort to other means to earn a living,” stated the Mausam actor.

“Moreover, I feel that we newcomers in the industry should be treated better than the rest because it’ll encourage them and help take Pakistani cinema to new heights. I request everyone to please not judge them and give them a fair chance to prove their worth in the industry,” said Ahsan. He also revealed that he has signed another film titled Rehbra which is rumoured to be alongside Ayesha Omar.

Talat explained, “The film is very entertaining but it also touches on the different social issues in the country. The film will make you laugh and but also help you recognise the flaws in our society. I believe that it is one of the best ways art can cater to Pakistani community. I am so proud that my students are taking this step and making meaningful contributions to the industry.”

Rehan also claimed that working with his students from Napa felt like “passing on the mantle.”

The trailer shows five characters who set on a quest to earn some cash through unconventional means. They hit a rough patch after kidnapping the minister’s son which lands them in a game of hide-and-seek with the antagonist, Chaudhry – perfectly titled Chupan Chupai. It also hints at a romance between Ahsan and Neelum who play Babu and Pari, respectively. Full of epic one-liners and a police chase, we’re hoping Chupan Chupai proves to be a complete entertainment package.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

'Verna' update: Censors awaiting official request for second review from Shoaib Mansoor

LAHORE : The Islamabad Film and Censor Board is currently awaiting an official application from Verna’s director Shoaib Mansoor as they require him to submit a formal request to go ahead with a second review of his upcoming film.

The administrators believe this to be necessary according to the Board’s policies. As of yet, no one has been in touch with them regarding a second screening process and until this is done, they have refused to issue a censor certificate – even though the Lahore and Karachi Boards have allowed its display.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Lahore premier of the film was also cancelled due to the non-issue of the certificate. There was great uproar from the public, especially non-government organisations who support women in the society.

 “We are not concerned with what other censor boards are doing with this film. If they want the film to release in Punjab, its producer will need to get a censor certificate from us by way of a written application,” stated an official of the board.

 They continued, “We have not received any such application. There are many reasons as to why the objections have ascended. Firstly, it shows a governor’s son involved in a rape case – which was the biggest objection. Secondly, it includes many bold dialogues and scenes. The general plot of the movie revolves around rape, which we consider to be unacceptable.”

“However, we have not announced a ban. We are ready to review the film in the presence of Chairman Madam Zarqa and all the members,” said a senior board member. The film’s cast members, mainly Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid, have been very busy promoting Verna around Pakistan.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Jami's 'Moor' now available on Netflix!

Jami's Moor released on 14th August 2015 and proved to be a true treat for all cinema lovers, and if you haven't watched it yet, this is your chance to watch it now on Netflix.

Yep, you heard that right. Moor now joins the official list of Pakistani movies available on Netflix after the likes of Na Maloom Afraad, Ho Mann Jahan, Waar and others. Moor, an amazing story that revolves around around a headmaster, his dead wife and a son and talks about the era of decline of railway in Balochistan, is an interesting watch and has garnered appreciation from all over the world.

Breathing life into the reviving film industry, Moor captured the beauty of Balochistan amongst a roller coaster ride of emotions. The film with its powerhouse performers Shaz Khan, Sonya Hussyn, Samiya Mumtaz and Ayaz Samoo impressed critics and viewers alike, not only in Pakistan but around the globe, making the film a recipient of international recognition awards at various film festivals.

Moor’s producer Nadeem Mandviwalla announced the news on his social media, followed by Shaz Khan, the lead actor in the movie.

So all those who have missed watching Moor in the cinemas, here is your chance to watch one of the perfect’s by Jami.

Shaan Shahid takes the final spell of Zarrar to Turkey

While Arth- the destination is all set for a December release, Shaan Shahid is busy shooting for the final spell of his next movie Zarrar in the gorgeous locations of Turkey.

Zarrar- The Lone Shadow, is an action packed, fast paced thriller based on the life of a spy and the constant contributions of our intelligence agencies for the safety of the homeland. According to sources, Zarrar will focus on a conspiracy not just action and thrills.

Zarrar, with its fair share of action to rival any high end Hollywood flick, is wrapping up its final spell in Turkey. The film has been shot in extreme locations across Pakistan, London, Afghan border and now Turkey.

With the amount of dedication and hardwork that has gone into Zarrar, the film will surely live up to expectations of Pakistan's first real action movie and will perhaps give Hollywood action flicks a run for their money as well.

‘Power Di Game’: Mahira Khan looks angry – and we love it

KARACHI: Verna’s official rap music video, Power Di Game, just came out and we’re falling more in love with Mahira Khan in the angry, young woman avatar (and yes, she is also changing the derogative of only men being allowed to be young and angry). The video was released by Patari Music and let’s just start by saying that Mahira looks like she could beat anyone in a fight.

The video teases us a little more about Verna’s story and it looks like Mahira and Haroon Shahid’s romance, as seen in the trailer, is short lived. The on-screen couple is seen playing the classic game of chess and it looks like Haroon might just be getting owned by Mahira, the invincible.

Seems like X Polymer Dar, the mastermind behind this rap song, has truly captured the emotions of the film’s characters in this song. The lyrics, the beat and the visuals are on par with each other.

Whether you’re a character in a film or a Twitterati, this video surely proves that you don’t want to mess with Mahira.

The film will be released worldwide on November 17. Watch the latest music video here: