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Saturday, 21 October 2017

I rejected 'Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2' because my role was not substantial: Syra Shehroz

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA2) is expected to be the Pakistani blockbuster film of 2018, following the steps of its prequel. The film has been in the news because of its star-studded cast. Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry and Ahmed Ali Butt will continue on with their roles in the upcoming sequel while Fahad Mustafa will replace Hamza Ali Abbasi.

Earlier this month, the news of Syra Shehroz pairing up with the Actor In Law sensation Fahad Mustafa made headlines, but according to the latest buzz, Mawra Hocane has now signed up to essay a role in the much-awaited sequel – and there’s no sign of Syra.

 This obviously created some curiosity and The Express Tribune exclusively spoke to Syra to get to the bottom of the matter.

The Mere Naseeb starlet also stated, “Nadeem Baig is one of the finest directors we have in the Pakistani film industry, but the role I was offered didn’t amount to what I had in mind, so I politely declined and told Nadeem bhai that I won’t be doing this role in JPNA2″

But Syra was quick to add, “Nadeem bhai and I will definitely be working together in the near future.

” Syra made her film debut this year with Chalay Thay Saath. Although the film did not fare well at the box office, her strong performance and superior acting prowess were critically acclaimed.

On the other hand, Syra’s film Project Ghazi has been put on hold due to technical faults.

JPNA2 will mark the Pakistani film debut of Mawra Hocane. She was previously in the news for a film alongside Umair Jaswal, but it got delayed or shelved due to unknow reasons.

The Sammi star will be pairing up with Fahad Mustafa for the first time in this upcoming flick. She made her film debut in Bollywood in 2016 with the movie Sanam Teri Kasam alongside Harshvardhan Rane, who also marked his debut with the film. Mawra was praised for her heartwarming performance in the emotional romance drama.

Earlier this month, Humayun Saeed and director Nadeem Baig visited Turkey for the recce of their upcoming film. It has now been decided that JPNA2 will be shot in Turkey for the most part and bits of it will be shot in Dubai.

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani released in Eidul Azha 2015. The movie featured an ensemble cast which comprised Humayun Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmed Ali Butt, Javed Sheikh, Ismail Tara, Ayesha Khan and Bushra Ansari.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Mawra Hocane joins cast of 'Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2'

KARACHI : Mawra Hocane is on a roll!

The Sammi starlet is all set to join the cast of the sequel of Humayun Saeed starrer Jawani Phir Nahi Aani.

The movie also stars Fahad Mustafa in a titular role. Previously, talking to Fifi Haroon, Saeed revealed that the shooting of the movie will start from next month in Turkey. The cast will also be shooting a portion of the movie in Dubai.

The news come after Mawra signed a pre-partition drama Aangan. Ahsan Khan has also reportedly been roped in for the same show.

A little birdie also tells us that this upcoming venture will be made on a massive scale, deeming it one of the most expensive TV productions to date. Expect a larger-than-life set that will make the project all the more believable.

Previously, it was reported that Rishi Kapoor was also offered a role in the movie. The actor later turned down an offer to star in Jawani Phir Nahi Ani sequel. Rishi revealed the main reason behind his refusal.

The Kapoor & Sons actor said he wouldn’t work in Pakistani films because his “country won’t like him to do it.”

“Recently, I was approached for a Pakistani film; it was the sequel to one of their biggest hits. I heard the story and found it interesting. Now, of course, it is not possible to act in it. The situation was ironic,” Rishi was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Rangreza's first poster is finally out and it's brimming with romance and mischief

Strongly moving towards its release at the end of this year, the highly anticipated movie Rangreza finally released its aesthetically powerful poster. The poster shows the main cast of the movie, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Gohar Rasheed as depicted in their roles. It’s a portrayal of various emotions displayed by the actors – love, hurt and even mischief. And it definitely has us excited!

Following Janaan’s widest release for a Pakistani film internationally, Rangreza is now set to break a new record number of countries as part of its worldwide distribution strategy, establishing a whole new benchmark for Pakistani cinema on a global platform, stated a press release.

Making one of the most expensive Pakistani film productions to date, Rangreza is a musical romance directed by Aamir Mohiuddin, featuring Gohar Rasheed, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Saleem Miraj in the principal cast.

Musical legend, Abida Parveen, features prominently on the sound tracks, composed by the film’s writer, Akhtar Qayyum. The film is presented by Vision Art Films, Usman Malkani Films, Distribution Club (PVT) Ltd, Munir Hussain Films UK and Pepe’s Piri Piri and will be distributed worldwide by B4U Motion Pictures.

Munir Hussain, Head of Munir Hussain Film UK says, “I’m very excited to bring another highly anticipated film, which will showcase the growing strength of Pakistani cinema. We have some creative plans in place for the release and we are grateful to Mr. Sunil Shah and B4U for their excellent support and guidance.

” Director Aamir Mohiuddin also shared his thoughts, “Rangreza is a movie that will touch millions of hearts. The entire team has put in their best and this will be another significant milestone for the Pakistani cinema.”

Sunil Shah, Head of Film Division, B4U Motion Pictures expressed, “ We are delighted to be further commenting our great partnership with Munir Hussain Films UK with the release of Rangreza, following unprecedented success of our previous outing together, Janaan.

” He continued, “Munir Hussain has such a pioneering and passionate vision for Pakistani cinema on a global platform and we are honoured to be jointly taking Pakistani cinema to another level with Rangreza, across a record number of international territories.

Pakistan goes Pixar-esque with ‘Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor’

A couple of months ago, the teaser of a Pakistani animated film Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor went viral. With picturesque views and the eventual “Pixar-esque” introduction of our character Allahyar caught everyone’s attention as to how much Pakistani animation has progressed and whether Allahyar will break any new grounds at all.

A couple of months ago, the teaser of a Pakistani animated film Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor went viral. With picturesque views and the eventual “Pixar-esque” introduction of our character Allahyar caught everyone’s attention as to how much Pakistani animation has progressed and whether Allahyar will break any new grounds at all.

The Express Tribune spoke with director Uzair Zaheer Khan about the upcoming film, which is intended for winter release. What many may not know is Khan was also involved with the acclaimed Burka Avenger series as well. And it’ll interesting to see how his visual language and style has evolved with Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor.

Explaining the idea of the film, Khan didn’t quite go into specifics, thus building more curiosity for the film. “Allahyar is a young Pakistani boy from the north, who has ideals and ambitions that get challenged when he’s thrown into an adventure where he discovers a world he never knew existed,” he said, adding that Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is a coming-of-age story with a wildlife conservation theme.

He said that the aim was to make a film that’s entertaining, meaningful, and caters to the local audiences in terms of language, culture and values.

 The cast of the film includes Ali Noor, Natasha Humaira Ejaz, Anam Zaidi and Azfar Jafri. With a ‘very-musical’ cast, the film is bound to have multiple songs. Khan confirmed, saying “The songs in the film have been composed and produced through partnerships between Ahmed Ali and artists like (Ali) Noor and (Natasha Humaira) Ejaz. We make sure that the message is embedded within the entertainment and not delivered on the nose.

Khan’s previous outing Burka Avenger had a distinct visual style with striking color palettes. As to how Allahyar will be different from that, when it comes to world building and treatment, Khan said, the tv series was very stylised and designed with requirements and constraints of the project in mind. “With Burka Avenger I wanted to set a local benchmark for animated series. Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is a feature film and therefore requires a much higher production value,” he said. “As we aspire to eventually compete in the international market with our consecutive films, we’ve tried to deliver top quality, while keeping the cost of production at par with local live action films.

” While giving importance to style, the team hasn’t forgotten about the substance either. Where Burka Avenger had a social message about women’s rights and education, (as Khan mentioned earlier) Allahyar will highlight with wildlife conservation. The director believes animation is the perfect medium for that. “Animation is a powerful medium. We feel it is incumbent on us that through our film, along with a full dose of entertainment, we try to bring about positive change.

” Whether Allahyar is going to set a new benchmark when it comes to Pakistani animated films or not remains to be seen, but for now, Khan is clearly confident about the film. “We are looking forward to making Pakistanis proud of what we’ve achieved here with this film,” he said.

Friday, 6 October 2017

'Na Maloom Afraad 2' banned in Punjab due to 'inappropriate content'

After five weeks and collecting more than Rs100 million at the box office, the Fahad Mustafa-starrer Na Maloom Afraad 2 has been banned in Punjab.

The reason has been cited as the film’s inappropriate and ‘obscene’ content.

 None of the stakeholders were available to comment on the situation, except the film’s producer Fizza Ali Meerza.

 “I don’t understand why they came up with an excuse to ban the film five weeks after its release,” Meerza told The Express Tribune.

As to how the issue was triggered, she stated, “Some random newspaper in Lahore with no credibility or readership wrote that the film has vulgar and inappropriate scenes. It’s sad because now this isn’t just about this film. Now if anyone thinks there is something wrong with any film, will they pull it off the screens just like that?”

She continued, “I find it difficult because they have done it before too and I think we are in the wrong business now.”

While she was disappointed with the sudden ban, Meerza said they will not back down. “Yes, we will fight back. We are not going to stay quiet because this affects our industry as a whole too. We will get the Na Maloom Afraad 2 back in the cinemas.”

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Praises pour in for Mahira Khan after Verna's teaser release

Mahira Khan has been completely mum about the entire Ranbir Kapoor and the viral pictures fiasco. The lady seemed to have vanished off social media for good. But yesterday she made a powerful comeback with her Power Di Game.

Mahira Khan's upcoming film Verna, saw its teaser released yesterday and what a powerful re-entry on the mainstream it marked for Mahira. The teaser came across as a message that Mahira Khan was indestructive and not to be messed with at all.

The teaser showed a fierce side of the actress, something which we have never seen before. And we're very much glad we'll get to see Mahira in an avatar the lady has not taken up ever before.

With us in awe of the thirty second teaser; what was heartening, was to see was Mahira's friends and of course the industry taking to social media to compliment the star on such an impressive glimpse in to her upcoming movie, directed by Shoaib Mansoor.

Now that the teaser of Verna has been released, we cant wait to see the movie on November 17th 2017 where Mahira Khan is essaying a role she has never done before. We loved it, but what did you think of Mahira Khan in the teaser?

Do share your thoughts with us in the comment box below.

Monday, 2 October 2017

"Main tou Punjab hoker aagai" The Punjab Nahi Jaungi fever hits Shaniera Akram!

The Punjab Nahi Jaungi fever refuses to die. The film has become the highest grosser of the year domestically and has still been earning crazy revenues overseas. The craze is far from dying out just yet and the latest celebrity to have been bit by the Punjab Nahi Jaungi bug happens to be none other than our National Bhabhi, Shaniera Akram.

On a recent trip to Punjab, Shaniera Akram shared a beautiful picture of hers amongst green fields and tweeted, "Main tou Punjab hoker aagai"

What made the picture even more likable was the fact that Bhabhi used Urdu to express her feelings with #PunjabNahiJaungi. And of course Khagga sahab picked up the tweet and gave an adorable reply.

So, as sweet as he is, Humayun Saeed, our very own Khagga Sahab, promised he'll be having them over soon for a special screening perhaps.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

'Azaadi' is all set to hit the big screen this November

With the revival of cinema, it is good to see people be enthusiastic for our local movies exactly as they would be for a Hollywood or a Bollywood release. This is exactly how we felt when we saw the trailer of Sonya Hussyn and Moammer Rana starrer movie Azaadi. Since then we've been eagerly waiting for its release date. Well guys the wait on that is finally over and we couldn't be more thrilled!

A Pervez Malik Film and an ARY Films product, Azaadi is all set to release this year in November, and with the poster looking quite sleek, we got in touch with Sonya Hussyn, to ask how proud she is of the movie.

"I have invested a lot of myself for Azaadi and it's been a worthwhile journey. Like I have said repeatedly, I am very proud of the message of the film and what it tries to convey. It is a very honest homage to Pakistan and its armed forces but what excites me the most is how inspirational my character is going to be for the young girls".

"It was only natural for a film as huge as Azaadi to delay slightly as there are a lot of aspects that come into consideration since a lot of action is involved. Also the post-production needed due attention and I have dubbed for most of the film and it looks amazing. Our cinematographer, Ben (Jasper) is truly gifted."

With Sonya quite content and looking forward to Azaadi, we also got in touch with the producer of the movie, Irfan Malik and asked him what took him so long to set a release date, considering the teaser came out back in February.

"Normally it takes almost a year to complete a film like this one as the team had to travel to the remotest areas to capture authentic locations, but it surely was worth the effort. I didn't want to give out an official release date and then change it later like many films have done as It takes away from the credibility of the film I feel. So I waited to complete sequences that had 'difficult' written all over them and Alhamdulillah we are on track now with one song and some action sequences remaining to be shot in August/September and post production running parallel."

With the final touches being added in full swing, Azaadi has our full attention as it is about a man, played by the legendary actor Nadeem Baig, who has dreamt his entire life for the freedom of Kashmiris. The film is commemorating the struggle for Kashmir.

With Moammer Rana bringing with him that cinematic appeal and Bang Bang famed Ben Jasper behind cinematography, we look forward to watching the movie soon. We will also see Javed Sheikh, Maryam Ansari, Ali Fateh, Samama, Waseem, Erum and Ali Bilal to name a few.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

'Chalay Thay Saath' is all set for its US debut on October 5th!

Chalay Thay Saath features a road trip, taking your through the beautiful landscapes of northern Pakistan and then it introduces us to 4 friends, travelling together. The journey through the mountains is one that leads all of them to finding themselves, discovering love and the true meaning of friendship and relations.

The romantic-drama directed by Umer Adil, written by Atiya Zaidi and produced by Beenish Umer and Umer Adil features Kent S Leung, Syra Shahroz, Behroz Sabzwari, Zhalay Sarhadi, Mansha Pasha, Osama Tahir, Faris Khalid, Shamim Hilaly and Sherbaz Kaleem in prominent roles.

From aesthetically pleasing visuals to the crackling chemistry between Syra and Lent, CTS has a lot to offer. It's not only a story about a road trip but involves a lot of emotions, drama and a lifetime of life altering decisions all in one.

Chalay Thay Saath was a coming of age film and it captured the essence of Pakistan's natural beauty perfectly. The film did well in the country and is now all set for its overseas premiere in the US. In collaboration with Radio Azaad, Chalay Thay Saath will be screened in Chicago on the 5th of October. The film will be shown at the at the Venetian Cinemas in Carrollton, Texas and have screenings in Edison NJ, San Jose CA, and Niles, Illinois from the 5th to the 11th of October.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Here's why the Mahira Khan starrer 'Verna' got delayed

Seems like there might be a reason altogether for Shoaib Mansoor's Mahira Khan starrer Verna getting delayed.
According to Gulf News, a local weekly in Pakistan was responsible behind the leaked plot line and one liner for the movie due to which the makers decided to re-shoot certain aspects for Verna, causing the delay.
Adding more to the story, Gulf News claims Shoaib Mansoor was rather upset with the entire team and made sure he gave everyone a piece of his mind, forbidding further discussions about the film directly to the media.
Speculations are being made about Shoaib Mansoor thinking about redoing Verna's climax as well; confirmation for which hasn't been received from the showman himself.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Milestone Accomplished: Punjab Nahi Jaungi becomes the highest grossing film of the year

The beginning of this year for Pakistani movies was not exactly a great. None of the movies which released managed to make a strong impact on the viewers. But things certainly changed with Eid releases. Punjab Nahi Jaungi, a Nadeem Baig directorial, that released, just four weeks back, has finally given the audience a reason to flock to the cinemas.

It's been almost a month since Punjab Nahi Jaungi released and the craze doesn't seem to simmer down. As of now, Punjab Nahi Jaungi has officially become the highest grossing film of the year!

Having ourselves watched the movie, one cant blame the audiences for falling in love with it. With its extra-ordinary setting, a good script, engaging performances and an overall good feel, Punjab Nahi Jaungi is a true family entertainer, with some great music and brilliant cinematography.

According to Box Office Detail, PNJ has managed to make 26.8 crore in 24 days which puts it ahead of Fast and Furious 8 which had collected 26.7 crore approximately. And if that was not enough, Punjab Nahi Jaungi has also superseded Actor in Law which makes it the 3rd highest grosser of all time just behind Jaawani Phir Nahi Aani and Salman Khan starrer Sultan.

And if that was not enough, Punjab Nahi Jaungi has also superseded Actor in Law which makes it the 3rd highest grosser of all time just behind Jaawani Phir Nahi Aani and Salman Khan starrer Sultan.

Here's the weekly breakdown of Punjab Nahi Jaungi

Week One.. 12.25 crore
Week Two.. 7.5 crore
Week Three.. 5.1 crore
 4th Weekend.. 2 crore
Total.. 26.85 crore

Not only domestically but also overseas, the PNJ buzz refuses to die down. In the UK the movie is enjoying a good run as it has beaten the life time record of Humayun Saeed and Mahira Khan starrer Bin Roye. As per Box Office Detail PN crossed £550K in 20 days whereas Bin Roye had made £546K in 19 weeks back in 2015.

So still going strong Punjab Nahi Jaungi has restored everyone's faith in Pakistani cinema. We now believe that filmmakers here in Pakistan are much capable of making good quality films that can give any movie, Bollywood or Hollywood a run for its money.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Shooting begins for Sohai Ali Abro's " The Motorcycle Girl"

Remember how vibrant Sohai Ali Abro looked in Jawani Phir Nahi Ani? But the gorgeous diva has been missing since from the big screen and doing dramas for television. These days she looks absolutely beautiful in Hum TV's Aadhi Gawahi but we really do want to see her on the big screen.

And now, it seems like our wish will be granted soon. We recently brought the news about Sohai starring as the motorcycle girl Zenith Irfan in her biopic by Adnan Sarwar. The shooting of the film has now begun, as officially confirmed by Sarwar himself on his social media and to HIP, when we contacted him to ask where are they shooting at the moment and where they plan to go next?

"We are in Lahore at the moment and will go up to Hunza for two weeks and by the 20th of October or so will be back in Lahore " said Sarwar.

The Motorcycle Girl will be the real life story of the boundary breaking Zenith Irfan who set off on her motorcycle at the age of 20 to conquer the highlands of northern Pakistan. And with Sohai in the lead, it'll be exciting to see how the lady shuns off all the glamour and play a real life hero on her solo journey on a motorbike.

In an earlier statement, about essaying the character of Zenith, Abro had shared her excitement and honor to be playing the part. "It is an absolute honor to play Zenith in his film. The role of this incredible, empowering female is one thing I can relate to and is close to my heart. I have always believed in the power of liberating women, especially considering the taboos we face in our society. I am really happy that a lot of young girls will be able to look up to me for doing something positive and inspiring," Sohai had said.

Besides directing the movie Adnan Sarwar has also written The Motorcycle Girl. And Sohai to fit in to her role, had to learn to ride a motorcycle, to undertake the same journey Zenith began from Lahore to the majestic Khunjarab Pass. With the shooting having begun we look forward to bringing you guys many more updates as far as The Motorcycle Girl is concerned so do stay hooked to HIP until then.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Saat Din Mohabbat In is the coming of age story of Tipu and his search for true love," Sheheryar Munawar

Saat Din Mohabbat In, starring Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar in the lead roles has been the talk of the town lately. The film has hit the floors and yet details are being kept hushed up for this romantic comedy.

HIP, however, had the chance to spot Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar shooting for the film recently and of course we had our journalist instincts triggered high to bring you exclusive scoop right from the sets where the team was shooting an action sequence at a wedding, complete with the baratis in tow and Amna Ilyas on top of a minivan with Hina Dilpazeer in a wheel chair.

While Mahira Khan was busy getting all decked up for the wedding sequence in the film and looked absolutely gorgeous in red, HIP got hold of the man of the hour, Sheheryar Munawar and dug out details about Saat Din Mohabbat In.

Talking about his character, the actor mentioned that he wasn't allowed to reveal much but he'd tell us that SDMI was a fun film, different from what he has done before. "Saat Din Mohabbat In is a fun story, a rom-com with a fantasy twist to it. It's very 'filmi' film, a true cinematic entertainer. There have been certain things that I had always wanted to try as an actor and I've gotten the chance in SDMI. The story revolves around coming of age of my character, Tipu and how he goes out looking for true love. There is action, there is humor, there is comedy, there is romance and a lot of fun in Saat Din Mohabbat In," Sheheryar adds.

Adding further, Sheheryar stated, "The mention of seven days (saat din) in the title has a lot of relevance. The story is built around these seven days and what happens during them."

While talking about the film and his reason for signing up Saat Din Mohabbat In, Sheheryar told us that the film had given him a chance to explore a lot of things, "Saat Din Mohabbat In is completely different from what I have done before. Ho Mann Jahan was different but this this film has a lot more to it. As an actor I have always wanted to pick different projects and that's why I'm very excited about it. The energy on the sets is great, there's vibrancy and a whole lot of fun which will definitely translate on the screen."

On working with Mahira once again after Ho Mann Jahan, Shehryar quipped that Mahira was working with him, (he gets the star credits). But on a serious note, the actor added, "Working alongside Mahira is always just too much fun. We're good friends in a personal capacity and the bonding reflects onscreen. If you're friends off screen and you share jokes, the chemistry translates onscreen. The job becomes easier when you work with someone you're comfortable with. With Mahira around there is always fun and games on the sets. We share a great camaraderie and that will reflect on the screen."

Talking about Project Ghazi being delayed on its premiere night, Sheheryar tells us that the makers are working tirelessly to perfect the glitches that occurred during the premiere and hopefully the film will release with full force in December this year.

Listening up to all these details, we're quite eager for Saat Din Mohabbat In. This one surely sounds like a fun movie, and of course we can't wait to review it. But until then, stay hooked to this space to find out more about SDMI and its cast.

How we react defines our own character; Ali Zafar and others speak in support of Mahira Khan!

Almost everyone has an opinion regarding Mahira Khan’s latest picture with Ranbir Kapoor, where the two are spotted smoking together.

From the length of her dress, to the cigarette in her hand, people have been quick to judge Mahira Khan and bash her with their opinions.

While the slut shaming isn't stopping anytime soon, the film fraternity has decided to take a stand for Mahira khan and show their support for the actress. Many of our celebs took to their social media today to shun people’s opinion and show the society the double standards it has.

Ali Zafar won hearts all over with his beautiful yet deep words on Instagram to show his support for Mahira khan

We love how united the industry stands for their fellow star. Regardless of what Mahira was up to, its none of anybody's business to comment on what she does as an individual.

Will Mahira Khan reply to these hateful comments? The star is yet to break her silence on this matter, till then peace out guys. Live and let live!