Friday, 13 July 2018

Much-delayed Imran Khan biopic set for release

KARACHI: Kaptaan, a biopic on cricket legend Imran Khan, will finally release this year.

The movie has been in the works for over six years. A trailer of the film was first unveiled in 2013.

Saeeda Imtiaz and Abdul Mannan, who essay titular roles in the movie, spoke exclusively to The Express Tribune on this account. “The idea of Kaptaan came around in 2011. We conducted a workshop that year to translate the vision into a film. Filming commenced a year later,” Imtiaz, who plays the role of Khan’s first wife Jemima Goldsmith, said.

“The film was originally slated for a 2013 release, right before general elections. The release got stalled after Khan met an accident before the polls,” the Wajood actor added.

Imtiaz spoke about how she met the cricket legend in late 2013 after Kaptaan’s filming was complete. She also revealed that while Khan’s consent had been secured before work commenced, the film’s producers were not keen on executing the project after the 2013 accident.

Imtiaz said Goldsmith was mighty pleased with how she had been portrayed onscreen. “I had an email conversation with her in 2013. She said she had loved the way we’ve portrayed her in the film. Goldsmith was ecstatic on learning that I was playing her onscreen,” the starlet said. Imtiaz was also supposed to meet her in London but the meeting was cancelled due to protests.

Speaking of his role in the film, Mannan said he didn’t really know much about the PTI chairman’s life. “There was an uncanny physical resemblance but I knew I still had a long way to go. I had to emulate his mannerisms, gait, speech. I spent a day with him just to observe.”

Mannan added the film delved into hitherto untouched aspects of Khan’s life. “Around 60% (of the film) is premised on his personal relationships. Kaptaan will also shed light on his relationship with Goldsmith,” he said.

Imtiaz said the scope of the film was limited to the formative years of Khan’s political innings, the crises he surmounted and his marriage to Goldsmith. “The film is complete. All we need to do is hire a director to re-shoot and edit some sequences.” Mannan added how a part on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was axed. While a release date is awaited, both actors appeared confident of the film finally seeing light of the day this year.

Friday, 6 July 2018

"Ours is an immature industry to release 4 films on same date," Javed Sheikh

This Eid-ul-fitr, four Pakistani films were released simultaneously including 7 Din Mohabbat In, Azaadi, Na Band Na Baraati and Javed Sheikh’s directorial Wajood. While the audiences and cinema houses might have been overjoyed with the prospect of multiple choices to watch and avenues for business respectively; it was the “injustice” Wajood received that made Javed Sheikh angry on distributors, producers and the government.

“Ours is an immature industry, otherwise, we would not have released four films on the same day,” said veteran actor Javed Sheikh while talking to a leading publication.

The actor claimed that his directorial return after a decade – he stopped directing movies after the failure of Asmaan ke Neechey at the Box Office – got nothing but injustice from the distributors who gave his film 110 shows on Eid day contrary to the 240 shows 7DMI which also features Javed Sheikh in a supporting role.

The actor compared the incident to that of release of Padman and Padmavat, where in order to give maximum business to both the movies the coinciding dates were adjusted. Whereas according to Javed Sheikh, regardless of his request to IMGC Global (distributors of Wajood) to shift the movie release to August, the movie was released on Eid and thus faced ”injustice” in terms of number of shows and exposure in the cinema.

Although the seasoned actor cum director have had simultaneous releases earlier as well, namely Bin Roye, Wrong No., Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Hulla Gulla which all released around the same time. Javed Sheikh thinks of it as a coincidence – presumably because as an actor release dates do not really make a difference?

However with his upcoming film Teefa in Trouble, which is going to be a non-Eid release, Javed Sheikh believes that perception of Eid films being a box office hit will change amongst distributors.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

'Load Wedding' teaser is out and it's bursting with colours!

Fahad Mustafa has proven his acting prowess time and again. Combine his star power with that of Mehwish Hayat and you are definitely headed towards a blockbuster!

This year, Eidul Azha will witness intense competition as three promising films are slated to hit cinema screens. The teaser of Load Wedding released today and if anything, the battle just got even more fierce.

The one-minute-long teaser sees a happy-go-lucky Mustafa, whose dream is to have an extravagant wedding.

Next up is Hayat, donning a flawless traditional ensemble, which bears a striking contrast to her last character Amal in Punjab Nahi Jaungi. And must we say, she seems to have nailed this one as well.

The teaser commences with quirky beats and dance moves which might want you to groove along. While the clip mostly comprises scenes from a wedding, the last few seconds encapsulate heartbreak and sorrow, leaving us curious to find out more.

Load Wedding will hit cinemas this Eidul Azha alongside Parwaaz Hai Junoon and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2.

Watch the teaser here:

2018 will be a great year for the Pakistani film industry: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi is all set to return to the silver screen this year, with his much-awaited air force drama Parwaaz Hai Junoon slated to release on Eidul Azha.

While the movie previously got into some legal issues, Abbasi has hinted that its trailer will be released next week.

Taking to Twitter, the Mann Mayal star wrote, “So… How about Parwaaz Hai Junoon trailer first week of July? Sounds good?

Not just Parwaaz Hai Junoon but three other local releases will hit cinemas in less than two months. Ali Zafar, Maya Ali-starrer Teefa In Trouble, Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa’s Load Wedding and Nadeem Beyg’s star-studded Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 will compete with the Pyaare Afzal‘s upcoming project at the box-office in August.

Talking about how these films promise a boost to the local cinema, Abbasi wrote, “Anxiously looking forward to Teefa In Trouble, JPNA 2, Load Wedding and Parwaaz Hai Junoon releasing this year. Because of these films, I can happily and confidently say that 2018 will be a great year for the Pakistani film industry.”

Throughout 2018, local distributors have been enjoying ample revenue from the local films that have released so far. In fact, even almost two weeks later, Eidul Fitr releases like 7 Din Mohabbat In and Wajood are still holding their own at the box office, despite the presence of Race 3, Oceans 8 and Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Maya Ali replaces Mahira Khan in 'Paray Hut Love'

KARACHI: Asim Raza has proven his directing skills quite fast, not only by helming TVCs but also with his super hit debut film Ho Mann Jahaan. The 2016 blockbuster starred Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar and Adeel Hussain in leading roles.

After a two year hiatus, Asim is all set for his second directorial project titled Paray Hut Love. Initially, the 51-year-old film-maker had roped in Mahira to play the lead opposite Sheheryar. However, it has now been confirmed that Maya Ali of Mann Mayal fame will be replacing the Bol actor in Paray Hut Love.

Revealing details of his upcoming film, Asim told The Express Tribune, “Maya and Sheheryar are romantically involved in Paray Hut Love which will potentially release on Eidul Azha, 2019.”

Paray Hut Love is a romantic comedy, written by world-acclaimed writer Imran Aslam. Giving us some more scoop, Asim added, “The subtle yet meaningful comedy is surely going to bring a difference to the otherwise gripping, emotional, romantic drama.”

When questioned on why Mahira was replaced in Paray Hut Love, Asim replied, “Mahira was facing major date issues but there’s no doubt that she has a very special place in my heart. No one can ever replace her.”

Paray Hut Love will go on floors in September 2018 with the first spell to be shot in Azaad Jammu Kashmir

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Bakhtawar Bhutto plans legal action against Benazir's biopic

Social media has been abuzz ever since actor Mehwish Hayat hinted at a biopic of slain PPP leader, Benazir Bhutto over Instagram.

While news of the Punjab Nahi Jaungi star playing the former prime minister spread like wildfire, Benazir’s elder daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari called the idea “absolutely unacceptable” and vowed to take legal action against the film-makers.

“Certainly no consent from her [Benazir’s] living heirs/children was sought. Absolutely unacceptable and we will be taking action against it,” tweeted Bakhtawar on Friday evening.

To this, Mehwish responded saying, “To clarify the rumours circulating… There is a project at the very early stages of development about your amazing mother. This cannot and will not be done without the consent or blessings of your family. I am sure that the team involved will be in touch before they progress further.”

The starlet further added, “Meanwhile, as an actress, I am researching as much as I can about a real idol of mine. Irrespective of any film, I would love to meet someday and learn more about her

In an Instagram post earlier, Mehwish had all but confirmed that she’s gearing up to play Benazir in the upcoming film. “I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to research and learn more about Benazir’s life and sitting here, I can only reflect on so much more that could have been, had she not lost her life so tragically.”

Friday, 22 June 2018

Mehwish Hayat confirms Benazir Bhutto biopic in the works

Mehwish Hayat is undoubtedly one of the finest actors Pakistan has in its revived film industry. With her stellar acting skills and ferocious personality, Hayat has managed to win hearts worldwide.

While her acting prowess has always made Hayat a brilliant star, we are rooting for the actor to fit the shoes of portraying the slain PPP leader, Benazir Bhutto, in a biopic we all have been anxiously waiting for! In a recent Instagram post, the starlet all but confirms that she’s gearing up for the role of a lifetime.

Quoting a famous saying with the former Prime Minister, Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto’s book in her lap, Hayat wrote, “We have broken glass ceilings, we have broken the stereotypes, and we have been and continue to be prepared to go the extra mile, to be judged by unrealistic standards, to be held more accountable.”

The Actor in Law star continued, “Today would have been Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s 65th birthday. It is an ideal time to reflect on her undoubted achievements.”.

Praising the slain leader for breaking stereotypes, Hayat stated, “I have never really been a political person but leaving that aside there is no denying the great strides she made for women’s empowerment and equality in our country – everything we are still fighting for even today.”

The Dillagi actor added, “There was a time when she made women believe that almost anything was possible – she gave us hope and inspired us to reach for the stars.”

Hayat then went on to confirm that she is indeed working on and doing research for Bhutto’s biopic, “I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to research and learn more about her life and sitting here I can only reflect on so much more that could have been had she not lost her life so tragically.”

She further stated, “The sign of a true leader is the legacy they leave behind and the reverence with which the people remember her irrespective of party allegiances,” the starlet further wrote. She was a truly remarkable woman and I look forward to giving life to her story soon.”

Previously, Hayat took to Instagram to share a screenshot of a local publication’s article, in which the writer suggested Hayat to play the slain PPP leader.

The news of Hayat starring in a Bhutto biopic went viral on social media. Sharing the picture, she wrote, “Benazir is a true hero of mine, a real powerful woman and a inspiration for many millions around the world. Would be a privilege and honour to play her on screen and bring her wonderful journey, her inspirational story to the world!

We do see the resemblance between Hayat and BB, and definitely wish to see her portray the ferocious leader with the same elegance and grace. Her last movie, Punjab Nahi Jaungi became the highest grossing Pakistani movie and recently won a jury award at Shanghai Organisation

Her upcoming project, Load Wedding stars Fahad Mustafa and is likely to release on Eidul Azha.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Prepare To Embark On A Hilarious Journey This Eid With Na Band Na Baraati

Watch the trailer once and you'll be hooked. The title song that plays in the background will definitely grow on you while you watch the trailer filled with tongue in cheek humor and some really fine acting. "Na Band Na Baraati, lo kesi hai yeh shaadi," the lyrics just describe the gist of the film, which looks like a comic ride, full of laughter.

Two brothers, in love with two girls. There's confusion, there's romance, there's opposition from the family and of course there's Abdul Qadir, the machinist who wants Aisha, Na Band Na Baraati has just about so much to offer that it'll definitely be your pick this Eid when you hunt for something to give you belly ache with laughter in the cinemas.

The trailer has certainly gotten our attention and kept it there. What we like about this insight on the film is the fact that it makes you anticipate Na Band Na Baraati without actually opening up the whole story. Also the fact that each cast member is given equal screen time while not cashing on the star power of Mikaal Zulfiqar, is commendable.

Produced by Zashko Entertainment and directed by the veteran Mehmood Akhter, Na Band Na Baraati is a family comedy revolving around two brothers played by Mikaal Zulfiqar and Shayan Khan. In addition to these two, the cast includes new faces such as Nayab Khan and Anzhelika Tahir and many big names from the industry such as Qavi khan, Atiqa Odho, Mehmood Akhtar, and Azra Moheyuddin and also Ali Kazmi to name a few.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Fahad Mustafa's, Mehwish Hayat's first looks from Load Wedding will leave you intrigued!

After much wait and anticipation, we finally have the first looks of our favorites Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa from their upcoming film Load Wedding. And yes, the duo has left us wondering!

While we see Fahad Mustafa in an entirely different character, sporting a mustache for the very first time, Mehwish Hayat too has gone out of the way with her look, experimenting with a nose piercing, a first for the diva, as well.

A baggy yellow sweater, blue jeans, with a red muffler that has Sorry written on it, we're rather interested to find out the reason behind Fahad's look and are wondering what the actual story behind the muffler is.

On the other hand, we have Hayat in a perfect desi girl avatar with a kurta shalwar, a long braid and traditional jhumkas. She's lost in a deep thought and it seems there's more to her personality than she let shows. And yes, we're digging the gorgeous nose piercing Hayat has opted for her character in Load Wedding.

Load Wedding releases this Eid ul Azha. Directed by Nabeel Qureshi and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza, the film marks Fahad Mustafa's fourth with the hit duo.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Second teaser of Durj Pakistan's first thriller is intriguing!

It's good to see people working on different genres in film industry and trying to give us all sort of content. From romance to horror and comedy, Pakistani film industry has started to cater to a mass audience with varying tastes and it hasn't disappointed so far.

Durj by Shaam Films in association with Blue Moon Entertainment is another thriller to join the league of films releasing soon in Pakistan. Produced by Majid Khan and directed by Shamoon Abbasi, the just released teaser for the film has given us goose bumps for sure.

The trailer depicts a tale of revenge, hatred and is filled with suspense and mystery. The film is said to be based on true events and will leave the audience shocked while revealing the harsh reality of one of the horrifying crimes that ever happened in the history of Pakistan.

Also, Sherry Shah, the actress in Durj shaved her head and gained 40 pounds for the film, which makes her the first ever celebrity to do so in the Pakistani film industry. Directed by Shamoon Abbasi, Produced by Majid Khan Durj stars Sherry Shah, Shamoon Abbasi, Myra Khan, Nouman Javaid, Majid Khan - Dodi, Imran Rizvi, Kanwal Nazar, Hemana Hussain, Hafeez Ali all in prominent roles.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

'Na Band Na Baraati' to now hit screens on Eidul Fitr

KARACHI: Production house, Zashko Entertainment announced that its debut film Na Band Na Baraati which was slated to be released on July 6, 2018 will now hit cinemas nationwide on Eidul Fitr 2018, stated a press release.

This decision was made in an effort to support the initiative taken by the Federal Government of Pakistan to strengthen the local film industry by putting a limited restriction on the screening of all Indian films during the period of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha.

Talking about this decision, the producer of the film, Zain Farooqi said, “In view of the recent order of the Federal Government, Zashko Entertainment has decided to release Na Band Na Baraati on Eidul Fitr 2018.”

He added that since Indian films will now be releasing around the date of the earlier release plan, it makes more sense to take advantage of the government’s decision. “Keeping in mind the genre of Na Band Na Baraati and making the most of the government’s decision, it’s best to release the film on Eid.”

Na Band Na Baraati is a family comedy film directed by Mahmood Akhtar and produced by Farooqi under the banner of Zaskhko Entertainment. The story is penned by Harish Kumar Patel and consists of a promising cast including some of the bigwigs of Pakistan’s entertainment industry Mikaal Zulfiqar, Qavi Khan, Atiqa Odho, Azra Mohyeddin, Shayan Khan, Nayab Khan, Mahmood Akhtar, Komal Farooqi, Ali Kazmi and many others.

The film will now clash with other Pakistani releases at the box office such as Javed Sheikh and Danish Taimoor’s Wajood, Mahira Khan and Shehryar Munawar’s 7 Din Mohabbat In and Moammar Rana and Sonya Hussyn’s Azaadi.

Earlier, Parwaaz Hai Junoon starring Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir and Hania Aamir was scheduled to be released on Eidul Fitr as well. However, the producers postponed it till Eidul Azha stating that there was enough competition on Eidul Fitr already.

Friday, 25 May 2018

'Parwaaz Hai Junoon' release postponed to Eidul Azha

KARACHI: The release of Momina and Duraid Films’ much awaited and multi-starrer film Parwaaz Hai Junoon (PHJ) has been postponed, keeping in view the broader interest of the industry and plethora of films releasing this Eidul Fitr, stated a press release.

Explaining the move regarding the postponement of the movie, producer of PHJ Momina Duraid said, “There are six films releasing this Eid and currently our industry is not strong enough to support the release of so many films together. It is indeed a reason of concern for all the producers as it will be difficult for the films to break even if released together, considering the number of screens and shows available.”

She further added that in the broader interest of the industry her firm has decided to pull out from the Eid race. “We strongly feel that this is the right thing to do in the current scenario and as members of the fraternity, we need to put aside personal agendas and support each other in order to achieve the greater goal,” stated Momina.

Based on Pakistan Air Force, the Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir, Kubra Khan and Ahad Raza Mir-starrer will now be released on Eidul Azha 2018 worldwide.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Pakistani film 'Chalay Thay Saath' releases on Netflix

Worldwide streaming giant Netflix has added yet another Pakistani film to its collection: The Syra Shahroz-starrer Chalay Thay Saath.

The actor took to Instagram and shared that Chalay Thay Saath is now up on Netflix.

The film was released in April 2017. Apart from Syra, it starred Mansha Pansha, Faris Khalid, Zhalay Sarhadi and Chinese actor Kent S Leung as well.

While speaking to The Express Tribune earlier, Syra revealed, “The film is about the different kind of relationships you deal with in life, whether they are with family or friends.”

Directed by Umer Adil, Chalay Thay Saath also had a massive opening in Hong Kong.

It tells the coming-of-age story of six young friends who embark on what ends up becoming a journey of self-discovery, liberation, growing up, intellectual awareness and spiritual awakening. The film features a romance between a young, adventurous Pakistani doctor Resham (played by Syra) and Adam (played by Kent).

Other Pakistani films that are available on Netflix include Moor, Ho Mann Jahaan, Janaan, O21, Waar, Wrong No. and Dukhtar.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Punjab Nahi Jaungi completes a successful 250 days run at local cinemas

If there is one movie which changed the way people perceived Pakistani films the world over, it is Punjab Nahi Jaungi which despite having been released on Eid ul Azha last year is still going strong in different cinemas across the country.

An unbelievable fact for a Pakistani film, but with Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat as the lead pair of a film that just mesmerized the audience, amazing music and dialogues that made the meme of the year, Punjab Nahi Jaungi deserves the status it has earned in Pakistan and abroad.

With, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Humayun Saeed proved that he has been made for the silver screen. The actor looked absolutely dazzling on the big cinema screen and combining that with Punjab Nahi Jaungi's plot, humorous moments and drama, the film emerged as a total paisa vasul entertainer for all.

According to reports Punjab Nahi Joangi is still running in selected cinemas in Rawalpindi, Lahore , Faislabad, Gujrat, Gujranwala as well as Sahiwal making it successfully enter its 37th week.

Directed by Nadeem Baig and also staring Ahmad Ali Butt and Urwa Hocane, Punjab Nahi Jaongi shows no sign of slowing down.Perhaps the film's spell will be broken once Jaawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 but until then, PNJ reigns supreme at box office.