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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Team 'Chein Aye Na' celebrate Nadeem Baig's Golden Jubilee in the industry!


Alamdar Khan to star in Hamza Ali Abbasi's 'Parwaaz Hay Junoon'

Parwaaz Hay Junoon, the film industry's tribute to the daring Pakistan Air Force, is well underway. An MD Production and the directorial debut of the Mann Mayal and Diyar-e-Dil famed television director, Haseeb Hassan, Parwaaz Hay Junoon is one movie that already has high hopes and tall expectations attached to it.
The film team, with its complete cast and crew has shot in rather extreme conditions in the northern areas of Pakistan, just to bring out the true feel of the film to the viewers. But that's not it. Parwaaz Hay Junoon, will focus on exploring and showing to the public, the lives of the Airforce soldiers and the rigorous training, trials and tribulations each one of them goes through for the sake of this country.
HIP got in touch with Alamdar Khan, who is playing a vital role in the film, to get to know the specifics of the film.
"There are two tracks in the movie, once packed with all the aerial action and the other focusing on the academics of the Airforce soldiers. I belong to the action pack, playing Hamza's major support system." Alamdar told HIP.
"We're a group of best friends including Hamza, Shaz Khan, Saad Qazi, Arsalan Butt. We're the major group that will be dealing with all the air-borne action in the film. My track focuses on the life of a patriot, passionate air force soldier. " Alamdar added.
Kubra Khan is being paired opposite Shaz Khan in Parwaaz Hay Junoon, while Hania Amir will be playing Hamza Ali Abbasi's love interest. Sadly Alamdar hasn't had the chance to romance onscreen for the film, but nevertheless the Dance Kahaani star has a meaty role he can boast off of with the film.
According to Alamdar, who himself has been an ex-Pakistan Airforce officer, shooting for the film has been a rather nostalgic experience, as he had the chance to reconnect with all his seniors, juniors and his course mates.
Khan also confesses to having major expectations from the movie. Parwaaz Hay Junoon is a major project that is being backed by not only the Air force but also MD Productions and HUM TV, some of the biggest entertainment giants in Pakistan.
As far as we know, Parwaaz Hay Junoon might also feature a track recorded specially by Alamdar Khan, as a background score. Atif Aslam and Shuja Haider have also been working together to create some great scores and music.
On the work front, Alamdar is busy with Parwaaz Hay Junoon. The actor/dance/singer/model is also awaiting the release of his Hollywood project that was shot in collaboration with MD Productions and HBO. Titled 'Sedare', the film has been directed by Canada based director Adnan Ahmed and stars Robin Dunn, Alamdar Khan, Juggun Kazim and Ali Kazmi in the lead roles. The film focuses on a zombie apocalypse in Pakistan, and is scheduled for a release later in the year.
As for Parwaaz Hay Junoon, the film is is focused on a December release for now, with it's trailer/teaser releasing expected on either the Defence Day or Airforce Day, the 7th of September, honoring the services rendered to the country by the best Air Force in the world.

Friday, 21 July 2017

'Punjab Nahi Jaungi's' music is exceptionally beautiful and heart touching

The first song in the album 'Ae Dil', sung by Jonita and Shiraz Uppal is a slow love track that's simple yet breathtakingly beautiful. The music arrangement is soothing and when coupled with the melodious vocals of Jonita and Shiraz, it surely gives you goosebumps. The beauty of this song in its simplicity, there hasn't been any over the top experimentation with this song.

'Mujhay Raanjha Bana Do' is another beautiful track from the movie. The opening sequence of this one is just so melodious and Shiraz Uppal's voice shines through with a potent presence. It's a sad song and hits right in the feels with its music, its poignant lyrics and Uppal's painfully, melodious voice. You'll fall in love with Mujhay Raanjha Bana Do for its soulful music and heartfelt lyrics.

'Raunaq e Aashiqui', is again a very melodious and beautiful track. Jonita seems a great asset for the music industry locally and internationally, because this woman has a voice that's strong yet sounds extremely beautiful and sultry, even if she's singing in low key notes. Raunaq e Aashiqui awakens every emotion a woman feels in her heart when she's in love. Its beautiful and probably one of the best songs Jonita has sung so far.

Ahmed Ali's 'Party' is a fun song with catchy beats. It's been sung by Ahmed Ali Butt and you'll definitely like the beats, if not the lyrics. This particular song is fun but with rap that's kind of corny. But since the entire album is just so good, this one particular song doesn't matter much. It sounds like a filler and just there for the sake of it.

'24/7 Lak Hilna', this is another one of the amazing songs, the album for Punjab Nahi Jaungi has delivered. The opening sequence is nostalgic playing on one of the old classics but it's from here the song transitions into a full on rocking dance number that we absolutely love. No, its not a wedding song, but we can see that with the amazing dance beats its delivering, 24/7 is going to become the next wedding number right away. Meesha Shafi and Sahir Ali Bhagga have sung this song to perfection, with Meesha's loud and clear vocals coming out straight and tickling that dance bone in you.

'Tere Naal Naal', is our newest favorite. The video came out yesterday and we instantly fell in love. Tere Naal Naal is beautiful, with a capital B! The music, the lyrics, the vocals, each and every aspect of this song stands out on its own to make it extremely pleasing to the ears. The tunes are blissfully soothing, the lyrics come straight at the heart and Shafqat Amanat Ali's voice makes you close your eyes, just to enjoy the beauty of this song.

Our verdict:

Punjab Nahi Jaungi's music is exceptionally beautiful! We love it and we're certain you, yourself, will not be able to help falling in love with the simple album with an extremely amazing collection of songs. Shani Arshad has outdone himself and we're extremely proud of the PNJteam for having come up with this melodious album, each song sung to perfection and lyrics that touch the heart.

Friday, 7 July 2017

'Punjab Nahi Jaungi' trailer makes us want to say, “Shut up and take my money!”



KARACHI: 
The makers of Pakistani cinema’s highest grossing film Jawani Phir Nahi Ani are back with another potentially successful film, Punjab Nahi Jaungi. Directed by Nadeem Beyg, the film stars Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat, Urwa Hocane and Ahmed Ali Butt. The trailer of the film was launched in a ceremony on July 5 and boy, does it promise to be a full-on entertainer.


The trailer begins with Saeed’s voice in the background, saying, “Karachi ki larkiyan, you don’t know. Dimag mehdood, taleem zyada.” From then onward, the trailer takes us through a journey of a love triangle, with a backdrop of Punjab and Punjabi culture.
Saeed plays a Faisalabadi feudal, who falls in love with Hayat’s character while she is already in an affair with someone else. What ensues is a love triangle and heartbreak amidst weddings and much more. While the film’s poster, released yesterday, was disappointing, the trailer reminded us of a mix between Bollywood flicks Jab We Met and Namastay London. However, that, by no means, is a criticism.

The Punjab Nahi Jaungi trailer lays it all out for us to judge, and yet leaves us wanting more. As Beyg already proved, he can deliver a satisfying, entertaining cinematic experience and we have even more expectations from his upcoming venture than before.
I always say one has to end a trailer with a bang so that it makes the viewers want to take out their wallet right there and say, “Shut up and take my money!” Punjab Nahi Jaungi does exactly, that with a soon-to-be-popular dialogue, “Muhabbat me aurat se koi jeeta nahi hai, aur nafrat me aurat ko koi hara nahi saka.”

The much-anticipated film releases on Eidul Azha. Looks like Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad 2 will have some tough competition this time around.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ali Zafar is slaying hearts by doing unbelievable stunts for 'Teefa In Trouble'


Ali Zafar has been seen filming a diversity of action packed, often death defying stunts for his much-awaited Pakistani debut film, Teefa In Trouble, directed by Ahsan Rahim, co-starring Maya Ali.

What’s the most attention-grabbing part about it? The actor has refused to allow a stunt double and has been training hard to bring the action charged film to life – that too in a never-seen-before kind of way, especially for Lollywood.

The film’s director, Ahsan Rahim confessed, “It is a truly nerve racking situation to know that your irreplaceable lead is about to risk his safety for a scene but that’s Ali’s dedication to his role and commitment to delivering a true action packed scene, as that is ultimately what the movie demands.” Rahim further added, “I don’t think I know any other actor here willing to go to those lengths as most of the work is done by doubles. Of course, the retakes on set do become a cause for the occasional anxiety of actually watching him do those crazy stunts… again and again!”
In this specific sequence of images released, Zafar is seen crashing through an open window landing right on to a table, forcing it to break under the impact of his dive.

The actor has had to change his routine, diet and workout to be able to do multiple stunts throughout the movie. With plans of releasing later this year, audiences can expect to witness Ali Zafar in action packed glory complete with daring exploits and some incredible fight scenes.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Eid Three Day Weekend Detailed Analysis - BoxOfficeDetail


This Eid has recorded massive three day Eid business which is little over 14cr approx.. Last year had seen over 14.5cr approx from all films but this year had seen increment in number of screen which meant capacity had increased over last Eid.. Top two grossers are local film who have combined collected 10.6cr approx which is less than Sultan alone last year..

On the positive side English releases has contributed record numbers for any Eid ever.. Last year Eid had seen under 2cr approx gross from English films but this year it has gone around 3.5cr approx which is extremely impressive.

Even though this Eid couldn't reach it's capacity but still is much better than Expected as all films exceeded expectations attached to them.. Below is three days business of all films being screened over three days of Eid with name of distributor in the brackets.

Yalghaar (Eveready).. 6.35cr
Mehrunisa V Lub U (Urdu 1 Pictures/Eveready).. 4.25cr

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Na Maloom Afraad 2: The sequel we’ve been waiting for


KARACHI  : 
In the process of the slow rebirth of Pakistani cinema, 2014 was a year when the audience and the industry didn’t expect the arrival of new stars that would take the cinemas by storm. Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad became a sleeper hit and solidified Fahad Mustafa as a film star in his cinematic debut. Three years later and the team is set to follow up on the success with a sequel, Na Maloom Afraad 2.

After last year’s smash hit Actor in Law, Qureshi is once again playing his ace and bringing the familiar characters back on screen. From the trailer, launched on June 21, Na Maloom Afraad 2 is bigger and better than the first. With 80% of the film shot in Cape Town, the caper film revolves around Mohsin Abbas Haider, Javed Sheikh and Mustafa’s characters involved in a heist of a Sultan’s gold toilet.
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“The industry has grown in the last three years and we also have experience of making two films now. Now that we have given the audience two hits, people are expecting more from us. Therefore, the sequel has to be bigger than that,” Qureshi told The Express Tribune.“What the entire story revolves around is also quite funny and interesting. It has a bigger budget and has a better quality overall.”
Producer Fizza Ali Meerza revealed they keep trying to bring in better equipment to improve the cinematic experience for the audience as well. “The idea is to make a product which always brings an incremental value for the audience, such as the cast, locations, production value and the technicalities which facilitate that.”
She also praised Mustafa for being a thorough professional. “Managing all that he does at this pace is a lot of work. He’s running a production house, doing his regular TV show, and working in films and yet maintaining a work ethic with every team. It’s just amazing. He’s a brilliant actor, and always does his homework.”
The director talked about how there was no film made about strikes and protests in the city before Na Maloom Afraad and the film medium being more socially aware. Qureshi said he doesn’t consciously try to make socially aware films but it just happens automatically. “Whatever experiences we go through here automatically reflect in our films.”
Concurring with him, Meerza added, “Being Pakistanis, we all have a little heartburn inside. We try to cover it but it continues to burn. Sometimes you say it, talk to yourself and others but to extinguish it, you have to raise awareness. And through films, you have to sugarcoat and wrap your message in an entertaining way because the audience wants to be entertained, not lectured.”
Qureshi, being a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, shared how the Pulp Fiction director has influenced his work too. “He has this bizarre ability to inject humour in very serious situations without compromising the intensity of the scene. And he also uses a lot of pop culture references. I believe I do that as well. You will see a ton of Pakistani pop culture references in our films, including Na Maloom Afraad 2.”
Talking about surprises in NMA 2, the director mentioned veteran TV actor Marina Khan, who will be making her film debut, and a theatre actor from National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa), Nazarul Hasan. He shared Sadaf Kanwal will be featured in a dance number in the film too.
As to why the audience should go to watch NMA 2, Meerza said, “It’s because those who have watched the first part will get value addition, seeing the same actors doing so much more and grow in chemistry. And the ones who haven’t watched Na Maloom Afraad will not feel that they haven’t. Despite its connection to the previous one, NMA 2 acts as a standalone film too.”

Javed Sheikh is ready to rock in ‘Teefa in Trouble’

One of the most anticipated movies of the year just keeps on getting better, with Ali Zafar playing the lead, paired opposite Maya Ali and now, Javed Sheikh joins in too!
The well-seasoned actor accepted the role on demand of Ahsan Rahim when being narrated the script. He liked the story along with his character. “I consider Ahsan Rahim a good director and I think the story and my role are great so that’s why I chose this film,” Javed added.
On being part of the cast, Javed Sheikh said that he was at ease because he had already worked with Maya for a commercial. Although working with Ali is a first. “I have done one spell in Lahore with them and it was fine, it was good and we will be starting our second spell in Poland soon,” he said about his work experience so far.
“It’s not something new to be shooting abroad. I’ve done above 50 films abroad so it’s nothing novel. The scenario and canvas seen abroad has a lot of beauty and this enhances the look of the movie so I think Ahsan will be able to capture that well due to the splendor of Poland," Javed exclaimed.
While talking about his role in the Teefa In Trouble, Javed Sheikh said that he will be playing Maya Ali’s father.
“I will be playing Maya’s father and I have a friend, whose son will be played by Ali Zafar, while residing in an ‘androon-shehr’. The film revolves around the idea of culture exchange, moving to Poland and all the adventures that come with it,” he concludes.

The 'Na Maloom Afraad 2' trailer is out and it has us wanting more!


Actor In Law was a great leap ahead for Pakistani cinema, especially if one compares it to the dynamic duo, director, Nabeel Qureshi and producer, Fizza Ali Meera's first cinematic outing, Na Maloom Afraad. All said and done, the two have only matured as filmmakers and they prove that with Na Maloom Afraad's sequel that released amidst much glory and anticipation in Karachi where the trailer launch took place earlier today.
Here, have a look at the trailer:


In terms of production and visuals, the trailer is nothing but stunning. The film that's been shot in Cape Town, South Africa and from what we can make out of the trailer is that Fahad Mustafa, Mohsin Abbas Haider and Javed Sheikh return as Farhan, Moon and Shakeel respectively, however, they are now in a new metropolitan city. Apparently, the three travel overseas, but land into deep trouble (yet again) as Sheikh of some Arab country who's visiting Cape Town loses his "golden commode."
Now while the film may sound a tad bit (read a lot) mindless, the performances seem hilarious. The three protagonists are as hysterical as ever, only Moon seems to have progressed (more on that later). Urwa Hocane's character seems to have evolved from being the girl-next-door to a modern diva, but it's a pity that we don't get to see much of her in the trailer. New addition to the franchise is Hania Aamir, who not only looks gorgeous, but manages to leave a mark with her quirky acting in what little we've seen of her from the film so far.
HIP got a hold of Mohsin, who's worked out extensively to be able to roam shirtless on the beaches of Cape Town. His transition from a unlikeable boy-next-door to a heartthrob is actually pretty impressive. He tells us how his newly toned body is in relevance to the film's progression, "Nabeel had asked me to beef up for one of the songs in the film, but later we realised that Fahad and I need to work on our physique because of the way the sequel is planned. So I feel it's relevant to the story."
Speaking of his fitness journey, Abbas added, "I was actually shooting for Muqabil is Karachi and had Mazaq Raat in Lahore, so I was constantly traveling. Amidst all of that; since I only had a little over a month before we began shooting for the film, I worked out twice a day. I don't I could've done it without my trainer, Shabber Ahmed Khan and my gym partner, Ashfaq Ahmed Rana who motivated me to give it my absolute fullest."
Just how the makers gave us a glimpse of Mehwish Hayat in the film's first instalment's trailer, we see Sadaf Kanwal in what is probably the grandest set for built for an item song. Nayyar Ejaz and Saleem Miraj as antagonists (at least that's what we've been made to feel) are also effective. While the trailer doesn't feature Marina Khan (who's making her film debut with NMA 2), we can barely wait to see her light up the silver screen.
All in all, NMA 2's trailer is a clear winner. Not only does the film seem entertaining, but like all Filwala movies, the social commentary in this one is something we’re looking forward to.

'Project Ghazi' trailer has us excited for our first superhero movie

Project Ghazi trailer is out and as expected, it has the audience in its grips. Just as the teaser managed to capture interests right away, showcasing Hollywood worthy visuals and imagery, the main trailer of the movie has us hooked, waiting eagerly to get more insight on this first super hero movie effort from our very own country.
The approximately two minute long trailer shows how an investigative scientist, (Syra Shahroz) is studying blood samples from a few soldiers, handpicked for Project Ghazi. The blood samples show some qualities extraordinaire possessed by the soldiers. One of those soldiers however, goes rogue. Adnan Jaffer, plays Qataan and shines bright as Pakistan's first super-villain.
Sheheryar Munawar and Humayun Saeed look great in their respective roles. But the gal of the film has managed to wow us with just the trailer itself. Without a doubt, Syra Shahroz has managed to hold her presence, coming clear as a beautiful. strong-headed and ethereal scientist who knows her job. It'll be a refreshing treat to watch Syra channel this scientist attire, because she sure does look the part in the trailer for the film.
The plot is fast paced, filled with visuals that fairly impress the audience. Not much is given away so there still remains some mystery as to who the characters are and how each of them will evolve. We're waiting for Project Ghazi to release ASAP and 14th July seems a bit too far away to contain our excitement.

Here is trailer:

Saturday, 17 June 2017

HIP Scoop: This actress was offered Sanam Saeed's role in 'Cake'

The fair lady who made her silver screen debut with Balu Mahi and wooed our hearts, is currently busy shooting for her first independent British movie with Serge Rashidi Zakuani titled Haraam.
In a telephonic conversation with HIP, while discussing deets for Haraam, Ainy did spill the beans on how the actress was offered a part on Cake - The Film. According to Jafferi, Sanam Saeed's role was offered to her but she had to turn it down because the dates clashed with her ongoing projects at the time.
For better or for worse, Ainy did not star in Cake - The Film. From there she moved onto auditioning and got selected to play the role of Layla in Haraam.

Yalghaar: The first Pakistani live-action film to launch its own mobile game


Seems like Yalghaar won't stop giving us reasons to love it more and more. Setting new records with everything they do, Yalghaar has raised the bar so high, it is almost intimidating. Exciting nevertheless.
From Shaan and Bilal Ashraf to Humayun Saeed, packed with our favorite superstars, Yalghaar becomes the first Pakistani live-action film ever to release it's own mobile game. Yalghaar - The Game, is sure to be a favorite among action game lovers. 3 Bahadur holds the first animated film in Pakistan to release a game.
Currently released on Google Play for now, Yalghaar - The Game is nothing to scoff at. The graphics are good and so is the music. It is certainly worth checking out.
Yalghaar releases this Eid-ul-Fitr.

What we know about 'Na Maloom Afraad 2' so far


Back in 2014, Na Maloom Afraad was a fun and a witty movie, which was a breath of fresh air at a time when the cinema industry wasn't as well established as it is now. With Fahad Mustafa, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Javed Sheikh, Kubra Khan and Urwa Hocane part of the cast, the film also marked the debut of Nabeel Qureshi as a director, who also co-wrote the movie people can't stop praising even today.
So when the makers announced that they were gearing up to make Na Maloom Afraad 2, we were quite excited and now the trailer is about to launch soon, which is why HIP decided to list down few things we know about the film so far.

Yes guys, the gorgeous actress went the extra mile to try and do something different for the movie. Let's face it, with her appearing in movies like Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Rangreza, the audiences want to see something new happening. So with fringes having been added we think Urwa looks rather cute in this new hairdo for the movie.

With Haider having been present in the first part, we are so glad to see him back, this time paired opposite the Janaan star Hania Amir. She has joined the franchise so we are sure we will get to see some amazing on-screen chemistry from the duo.
Now where NMA was purely shot in Karachi, this time around the cast and crew headed to Cape town where they completed a spell as shared by Haider,
"It was actually my first experience of shooting in Cape Town and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. Our crew consisted of locals, and they were extremely professional. The weather may have been very unpredictable, but it was all worth it. In fact, I didn’t feel like I was working at all."

It will be exciting to see these two married, the story line will feel new and refreshing. Seeing them on the big screen together will be a visual treat.
Before it was Mehwish Hayat, this time the stunning model has been roped in to appear in the movie and perform an item number.
Only a few days are left till we get to see how everything has shaped up and get insight as to what the plot will be about.
With Na Maloom Afraad 2 having been directed by Nabeel Qureshi and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza, all set to release this Eid ul Azha, we for one can't wait to see the film and bring you all a review!

PM Nawaz Sharif announces special package & tax exemptions for film industry


Recently, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, commented on how the government was working to introduce tax exemptions and beneficial reforms for the film and media industry. And as it seems, there has finally been some concrete work done on the recommendations.
According to a daily, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has finally announced a special package for the well being of our entertainment industry, the welfare of artists and promotion of the Pakstani film industry.
Under the package, an Artists Welfare Fund will be established, focusing specially on the the welfare and financial assistance of artists along with the Film Finance Award. Also, as per the program, a National Film and Broadcast Commission and National Film Institute and Academy will also be established with the availability of state of the art facilities. With all this being provided at these institutions, one can hope to better the film industry of Pakistan.
In a rather generous gesture, the government has also introduced special concessions on the import of equipment used in film industry, to ensure film makes find all the needed facilities for film development within Pakistan only.
The film industry has also been exempted from taxes and duties to encourage major investments and people associated with the field.
Seems like the government has finally succeeded in going ahead with the promises it made at the HUM Awards night in Lahore. For starters, the special packages promise a bright future for the film industry in the country.