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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Shaz Khan will play a pilot in Parwaaz Hai Junoon

Shaz Khan is joining Hamza Ali Abbasi for upcoming film Parwaaz Hai Junoon.
And guess what? He'll be flying planes in the film. Images got in touch with the Moor actor, who revealed his character in the film.
"I play the character of a high level F-16 pilot who is best friends with Hamza's character," he says.
He claims he took on this role because "it was too juicy to not take considering my nana was an air commodore and even my mamu is an air commodore and one of the top F-16 pilots of his generation."
"In fact, one of the first things I ever drew was a F-16 plane so its in the blood."
The actor who was last seen in Dobara Phir Se believes the hype around Parwaaz Hai Junoon is justified because it will be a treat to watch.
According to Khan, "I try not to have expectations and just concentrate on the work, but the team and the gadgets we have in place for this film make it a very unique project. The story is compelling, edgy, dramatic and funny. And with Haseeb bhai leading the ship, we will be creating some exciting cinema for Pakistan."
Known for his method acting, he also reveals that the film will require him to learn how to fly a plane,
"I am most excited about going up in a flight and feeling the power of these beautiful machines. I feel like a kid! Also learning about the preparations and sacrifices our Air Force makes to make us ready for any battle scenario."
An official date has not yet been set for Parwaaz Hai Junoon but Khan claims it's slated for release, "sometime in fall" this year.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Naumaan Ijaz to star in Gohar Rasheed's upcoming movie 'Maidaan'

Naumaan Ijaz is one actor who can play any character with ease and keep the audience engaged. His dedication and excellence towards his work make him an inspiration for all in the industry. While we love watching him in dramas, we know watching him on the big screen will be even better. Oh and guess what? We will actually be seeing him in a movie real soon!
He has signed the movie titled 'Maidaan' which is being produced by actor Gohar Rasheed and Waqas Rizvi under the Shuffler Films banner.
Naumaan earlier appeared in Mehreen Jabbar's movie Ramchand Pakistani back in 2008. Excited to find out about this comeback project, we contacted him to confirm the news of him signing Maidaan and here is what he told us,
‘It’s a very interesting story as it is based on true events, but I am still waiting to read the draft, then let’s see when the shooting for it begins”.
Maidaan is based on the street children, who hail from poverty-stricken areas of Pakistan. They came together to take part in the ‘2014 Street Child World Cup’ held in Brazil and the story revolves around real life characters and their struggle to make it to the international platform.
In an earlier conversation with HIP, the actor and producer Gohar Rasheed said,
“Movies like Maidaan, with stirring storylines, should be brought to the cinema as they end up motivating the audience. The stories of these children will make people realise that nothing is impossible.”
With Naumaan Ijaz on board, we are sure he will add value to the movie and make it worth watching. Plus, let’s face it, as much as we enjoy masala movies, it is films like Maidaan which leave a positive impact on the audiences and encourages them to never give up on their dreams.
The movie is expected to release sometime this year and is scheduled to be shot in three different countries namely Pakistan, Europe, and Brazil.

Shaan Shahid's upcoming movie 'Zarrar' to begin shooting its final spell!

Shaan Shahid is undoubtedly the most loved actor in Pakistan who has been ruling the film industry for over almost two decades. Not only is he known for being passionate towards his career, he can easily be categorised as the pride of Pakistan because of his patriotism. The actor is HIP in Pakistan and therefore we always want to know everything about him and what he's up to.
With him sitting on the director’s seat once again with Arth 2 and Zarrar we cannot seem to contain and our excitement and we look forward to their release dates. While Arth 2 has been wrapped up right there, as per our sources, Zarrar's final spell of shooting is about to begin from 28th February!
Besides directing, Shaan is also the writer as well as the lead for Zarrar which is an action thriller being produced by 5th Dimension Films in partnership with Blue Orca Pvt Ltd. This is also the first time that UK's Timothy Hallam Wood will be the dDirector of Photography (DoP) for a Pakistani film.
The final spell begins by the end of February and will be shot in Lahore, Gawadar as well as up north. The cast members which will be a part of the spell are Shaan himself, Kiran Malik, Nayyer Ejaz and Nadeem Shb.
Since it is an action based movie, all the action will be shot in Europe.
Besides the actors mentioned above, Zarrar also features the London-based Adnan Butt who will mark his debut as an antagonist. With the post production of Zarrar planned in Pinewood which is Uk's biggest studio, we are sure Shaan is going to give us a film which will make Pakistan immensely proud of him yet again.

Friday, 3 February 2017

The song Tu Kya Janay from Balu Mahi touches the heart

Balu Mahi is all set to release on the 10th of February and we can’t wait to watch the movie since it is shot on such a magnificent scale. However, till the cinema opens its door to the audience, we will just have to do with the trailers and songs of the film. The most recent song released by the makers of Balu Mahi is Tu Kya Janay, and we have helplessly fallen in love with the track.
Composed and sung by Sahir Ali Bagga, the beautiful melody of the song will stick to you from the first time you hear it. The deep lyrics of the track further complement the melancholic tune, and we feel this could be one of the best songs of the movie.
The highlight of the song is the exquisite video which is shot in scenic locations like Attabad Lake and the Karakoram Highway, making the song a visual treat. In the video, Ainy and Osman Khalid Butt seem to be on a journey to reach a destination. They are quiet throughout the video and we see them passing each other gloomy looks, while the song plays in the background. Judging from the video, seems like Ainy and Osman are going through a tough phase in their relationship.
Want to know what else happens? Well, you just have to wait till the movie releases. Till then, enjoy the teaser of the song.

Ayaz Samoo talks about his upcoming film Maan Jao Naa

Ayaz Samoo is an actor who has left us impressed with his performance in Moor; a negative role that earned him critical acclaim and an award. Hence, the news of his upcoming movie Maan Jao Na, got us excited and we couldn't wait to find out what the film was all about.
Here's what Ayaz Samoo had to say, "The movie is directed by Aabis Raza," he revealed. "The story revolves around four friends and the changes they experience when they transition from university life to the mature world."
Sounds like an interesting concept, doesn't it?
Discussing more on the plot, Ayaz shared, "It's a romantic comedy that will show how people deal with relationships, emotions, and friendship post university. That's all I can reveal for now."
Apart from Ayaz, the cast includes talented actors like Adeel Chaudhry, Hajra Yameen, Asif Raza Mir, Asma Abbas, and Nayyar Aijaz.
When asked who the leading lady of the film is, Ayaz stated, "We can't reveal who she is yet. All I can say is her work will impress everyone. There are also a few surprise cameos in the film."
Also commenting on the false news that has been going around regarding the cast, he clarified and said, "The news about Mandana Karimi starring in the film is incorrect."
Well, seems like Maan Jao Na is going to be an interesting entertainer that will take us through a roller coaster of emotions. The shoot for the film has started and we just can't wait for the teaser to be released!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Star-studded premiere for ‘Thora Jee Le’ held in Karachi

Karachi: Mahtab Akbar Rashdi and HUM Films hosted an exclusive movie premiere for the first release of the year, Thora Jee Le in Karachi.

‘Thora Jee le’ is a comedy/drama film written and directed by Rafay Rashdi, produced by 1NFLUENCE and executively produced by Mahtab Akbar Rashdi. The youthful movie has been shot in Karachi and Larkana.

The cast includes some of the young and talented actors in the Pakistani film industry namely, Rizwan Ali Jaffri, Bilal Abbas, Ramsha Khan, Salman Faisal, Fatima Shah Jillani, Kasim Khan and Ahsan Mohsin Ikram.

The premier had a star studded red carpet with the star cast of the movie.

‘Thora Jee Le’ released on 20th January 2017 under the banner of Hum Films. The story revolves around seven individuals belonging to different backgrounds and how their lives transform as they enter their practical life. A story about self-discovery, dosti, tafreeh, jigri & yaari between friends, who venture on a journey of a lifetime only to discover that fate has different plans, for all of them.

“Thora Jee Le has been released in all cinemas nationwide and every individual must go and watch the film to support Pakistani cinema and the new talented actors in the movie. The actors debuting in the film have a chance to shine on this platform which will boost their career professionally and help them rise and shine in the Pakistan Film Industry. Thora Jee Le is a wholesome entertainment for cinema goers.” commented Mahtab Akbar Rashdi executive producer of the movie.

“Thora Jee Le has a youth-based and heartwarming story and I am grateful for all the love and support during our promotions and we are looking forward to a great feedback. Many people can relate to the movie as it is packed with comedy and entertainment.” says director Rafay Rashdi, the writer and director of the film.

The music of ‘Thora Jee le’ is composed by the very famous Suhaib Rashdi with sound by Electrikroom Studios.

This movie Thora Jee Le has joined the pack of HUM Films.” Sultana Siddiqui, President HUM Network.

Thora Jee Le has released nationwide on 20-01-2017.

The title of Ali Zafar's debut Pakistani movie has been announced and you will love it

All of Ali Zafar’s fans had been waiting for this news since they saw the singer’s acting skills in his debut Bollywood movie Terey Bin Laden. And we were more than excited when we found out that Zafar is finally working on a Pakistani movie. However, its been a couple of months since any more news regarding the movie came up, which is why we were so excited when we saw Ali Zafar's tweet that revealed the title of the film!

Ali Zafar gave his fans a sneak peek of the film script he received, and revealed the official film title, TEEFA in TROUBLE with a note signed off by director Ahsan Rahim which urged Zafar to “Kindly start training” for what promises to be an action packed role with comedy.The film also marks the feature film directorial debut of Ahsan Rahim. Rahim has previously proved his mettle by directing some of Pakistan’s most iconic music videos such as Laga re, Sajania, Kismat Apne Hath Main, Preeto, Dosti and the much popular Ufone ads. 

Judging from his past work, we are sure Rahim will give us something to remember.The romantic action-comedy is being produced by Lightingale Productions, and we can't wait for the film to release so we can watch the heartthrob Ali Zafar in action.

Shamoon Abbasi all set to be a part of Parwaaz Hay Junoon

For all those who are excited about the upcoming film Parwaaz Hay Junoon, here's some more good news! Another great actor has been added to the cast and it's none other than Shamoon Abbasi.
According to the actor, the contract for the film has been signed and this time round, he will be seen in a positive role.
Here's what Shamoon told HIP, "I am very excited for the movie," he said. "Haseeb is my favourite director and the work we create together is always interesting."
When asked what his expectations for the film are, he revealed, "A cinematographer is coming from China for the movie, so I am sure the film will look good."
The film will highlight true events and will pay a tribute to the armed forces.
He further stated, "This is the first Pakistani film based on our Air Force, and I believe the movie will do wonderful."
Shamoon also revealed that they are going to shoot the movie in places like Skardu. "It's cold, but it's worth it," he said.
Other actors that have been roped in for the movie are Hania Amir, and Hamza Ali Abbasi. It's still not confirmed if Osman Khalid Butt will be a part of the film. Written by Farhat Ishtiaq of Humsafar, Diyar-e-Dil and Udaari fame, we have high hopes for the movie set to release in 2017.

Haroon Shahid all set to make his movie debut opposite Mahira Khan in Shoaib Mansoor's Verna?

Ace writer and director Shoaib Mansoor's Verna is one movie we are desperately waiting for. God know's if we'll get to watch Mahira Khan in Raees on our local screens or not but we're sure we'll get to see her in Verna and we're super excited! Also, if sources are to be believed, Haroon Shahid, the lead vocalist of the Pop Rock band SYMT might be playing the male lead opposite the gorgeous Zaalima.

Haroon contributed 2 songs for Coke Studio season 5, Tum Kaho and Koi Labda and later made a comeback in season 9 with Laung Gawacha.
According to news and various sources, apart from starring as the male lead, he will also be singing and composing songs for Verna. However, there hasn't been an official announcement yet.

Verna will be Mahira Khan's second collaboration with Shoaib Mansoor. The beauty of Mansoor's work is his passion for focusing on topics that carry strong messages and that's one reason we're so impatient for the movie to release.
Verna is expected to release on Eid ul-Fitr this year.

Osman Khalid Butt not 'macho' enough for Pakistan Air Force?


This one comes as a shocker. 
Actor Osman Khalid Butt has reportedly been “dropped” from Hania Aamir, Shamoon and Hamza Ali Abbasi starrer Parwaaz Hai Junoon. The actor has been replaced with Ahad Raza Mir, the son of veteran actor Asif Raza Mir. Ahad will be making his TV debut alongside Mawra Hocane and Adnan
“The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) wanted someone more macho for the role, so it decided drop Osman,” a source told The Express Tribune. Another individual said the actor backed out of the project as he had his hands full with Balu Mahi promotions. Butt refused to comment while producer Momina Duraid remained unreachable despite repeated attempts.
If Butt backed out, we can’t help but feel confused since he appeared quite upbeat at the film’s launch on Defence Day last year. He had shared how he used to be a daredevil when he was young, and would get to fulfill his childhood fantasies through the film. “As I grew up, patriotism turned into more of a romantic feeling, I wanted to fight for my country and soar to the skies. I will finally be able to do that as a pilot now!” he had said.
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Film on iconic Muslim ruler Salahuddin Ayyubi awaits funding to take-off


While Pakistani filmmakers continue to play it safe by churning out hoards of clich├ęd romantic comedies, the audience seems to have a craving for epic period dramas. Wouldn’t it be amazing to watch a Pakistani movie with visuals as grand as those of Game of Thrones? Well, our prayers may have been answered. Upcoming Pakistani film Saladin is gearing up to shake the industry with some astounding visuals.
Umar Agha, a film graduate from Columbia University recently released the teaser of the film based on the life of iconic Muslim ruler Salahuddin Ayyubi. The first sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, Saladin was known for his military conquests and generosity. He also led the Muslim military campaign against the Crusader states in the Levant, and is widely respected across the Muslim world.
As wonderful as the teaser looks, it still requires a budget to be turned into a complete feature. With the proof-of-concept teaser, Agha aims to attract funding for Saladin; the teaser merely a glimpse of what Agha is capable of executing.
The zero-budget video shot in Lahore looks better than most contemporary Pakistani film teasers and, according to a picture posted on Saladin’s official Facebook page, it looks like Hollywood is taking note of Agha’s work. “Umar has a unique vision, and he knows exactly how this project should look,” says Arnauld Valette, concept artist for Game of Thrones and Marvel Studios.

Nigar Awards set for a comeback after 15-year-long hiatus

Long before Lux or HUM, Nigar Awards were presented to pioneers of the nation’s entertainment industry.

The awards, initiated in 1958, were discontinued in 2002 as the fortunes of the local film industry plunged.“We discontinued as Pakistani cinema did not produce a lot of films. Only a dozen or so films were being produced during the last 15 years. Only Pashto cinema kept the window open for the industry to survive. Besides that there was no quality work being produced,” chairman Aslam Ilyas Rashidi told The Express Tribune.

He added that the reason to discontinue the awards was taken to prevent the credibility of the awards from being compromised. “If we would have awarded films of questionable quality that were barely watched, it would have reflected poorly on Nigar. I believe we made the right decision as Nigar remains etched in people’s minds to this day.

Rashidi said he had garnered great support from the fraternity. “Everyone has pledged their support. We are ecstatic about reviving the awards to recognise quality films once again,” he said.
Back when films like Benhur (1959) were awarded 11 Academy Awards, Pakistani films like Chakori and Aina were being recognised by the Nigar Awards for excellence in cinema. The Nigar Awards were introduced in 1958 by Ilyas Rashidi, also called Baba-e-Filmi Sahafat in Pakistan.
The awards were an extension of Nigar, Pakistan’s first weekly newspaper dedicated to all things Lollywood. The publication was founded in 1948.
After Rashidi’s demise in 1997, his ventures continued to flourish under the tutelage of his son Aslam Ilyas. The 2017 Nigar Awards will be held on March 16. The return of the awards will be officially announced in a press conference tomorrow (Thursday).

Friday, 6 January 2017

Upcoming Movie Whistle's Release Date Revealed!

Whistle has made an initiative to bring a film based on nationalism like never before. It has a unique story that focuses on cross-border drug trafficking and drug penetration amongst the youth of the country. It revolves around a very sensitive issue and we feel it was about time to be brought to the spotlight.
Set to release on 17th Feb 2017, the film also highlights the media war against Pakistan and helps in creating awareness about this alarming issue..
The press conference was attended by prominent media personnel along with the Chief guest Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi (Deputy Mayor Islamabad) who congratulated and wished the team all the best.
The launch of Whistle’s official poster and trailer got a big round of applause.
"Whistle focuses on placing the right and high image of Pakistan," said the director of the film, Ammad Azhar.
He further added, "It’s our prime responsibility to join hands in combating this issue of terrorism and drug trafficking in Pakistan. We are making this film to highlight this respective issue, showing what our true identity is and what we are capable of."
Mian Yasin, the producer of this film said, "It’s a pride to work for the betterment and promotion of Pakistani cinema and also to make a film like Whistle that highlights the spirit of nationalism in true aspect. My message to everyone is be Pakistani, buy Pakistani and be proud of who you are."
Shafaq Ammad, the story writer and art director of the film mentioned that Pakistan is our pride and identity and we should never and at no cost compromise on our national interests.
Whistle shall be distributed by Another Films and Play Pictures on all cinema screens throughout Pakistan.

Mathira Proves her Dance Skills in Raasta's Item Song

Raasta is an upcoming movie starring Sahir Lodhi. The movie has made quite a hype already, with its trailer and a song by Rahet Fateh Ali Khan. And now, an item song featuring Mathira is out and we have a lot to say.

It is safe to say that Mathira has got moves as good as any Bollywood actress featuring in an item song. The diva is seen shaking to a funky tune and she does it pretty well. She is seen wearing a yellow ghagra choli while a group of men drinking surround her and dance to the tunes. Hence, Pakistanis successfully meet the standard of quality Bollywood item songs and show that they are not behind in anything. If they have Sunny Leone for the perfect dance moves, we have Mathira!

We also must point out the chemistry highlighted between Naveed Raza and Mathira with their synchronised dance moves.

Raasta is directed by Sahir Lodhi and also produced by him along with Moid Ul Hasan and Dr Faisal Zia. Apart from Lodhi, the movie stars Shamoon Abbasi, Naveed Raza, Sana Nawaz, Aijaz Aslam, Saleem Mairaj, Abeer Rizvi and Saima Azhar in significant roles.
We certainly can't wait for the movie to come out.