Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Shahida Mini turns producer to help Pakistani film industry

LAHORE : Local singer Shahida Mini has announced she will be launching a production house in Lahore for the revival of the film industry. The Pride of Performance winner revealed it will be titled SM Productions and besides films, TV dramas will also be made. Work on both fields will begin this year.

Shahida made the announcement at an iftar, in the presence of renowned personalities Nisho Begum, Pervaiz Kaleem, Chaudhry Ejaz Kamran, Sahir Ali Bagga and Sanam Marvi, Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan, Shair Miandad and the Raga Boys among others. “Our film industry is undergoing a challenging time and we need films that are at par with international level. I am aiming to build a well-equipped production house and we will be working on films and dramas,” the yesteryear actor told The Express Tribune.

After starring in several hits, Shahida quit her acting career to focus on singing and released multiple albums. Holding around 100 Pakistani films to her credit, she called for the need to include young talent. “I want to promote our culture through these films. There is no shortage of young and aspiring artists in our country and through SM Productions, I will make sure to bring them to the fore. Our industry needs young blood to flourish,” she added.

I had no support: Maya Ali reflects back on showbiz journey

Maya Ali may have delivered one of the biggest Pakistani films of last year but that doesn’t mean the Teefa In Trouble star has forgotten her roots.

In a recent Instagram post, the actor spoke about her very first day on the sets of a TV show and how far she has come since then. “I still remember my first day on television, when I had no support. Maya Ali was just a name. But I was ambitious; I had so many dreams so many thoughts and I knew I had to make my dreams come true,” she wrote.

“I had no idea whatsoever about any fans, not even about social media. Then one day, I went to the market and two girls came to me and asked, ‘Are you Cinderella?’ and I said, ‘No, I am Maya.’ After sometime, I realised that they were talking abut my drama serial,” she went on. “I felt so good and shy at the same time. As time passed and I focused on my acting career, people began to love my work and also criticised it but I was open to all the feedback.”

Maya continued, “Alhamdulillah, today when I saw this post which one of my fans tagged me in, I got goosebumps. My whole acting journey started to play out in front of my eyes.”

The Mann Mayal actor further shared, “I can’t be more thankful to Allah for all the love people shower me with. Thank you for making it happen, thank you for being with me in my bad and good times. Sometimes, I get down and feel low but all your love gives me new hope.

” Maya concluded the note with gratitude and wrote, “Thank you all for your support! I have no words to decide what I should call this but yeah, love you, my squad.”

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

'Durj' will not release in Pakistan first, says Shamoon Abbasi

Shamoon Abbasi’s take on cannibalism in our country is gritty, horrific and bone-chilling. While his upcoming project has finally gotten a release date, this will be the first time a local film will release overseas before hitting screens in Pakistan.

Durj will see the light of day in the UK, US, Canada, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar on October 11.

Talking to The Express Tribune about the decision, Abbasi shared, “Since Durj’s official trailer released, we noticed that a lot of audiences from around the world became interested in watching the film. Many inquired how they could watch it in America, Britain, Canada, UAE and other countries.”

He added, “Many communities and viewers live in different parts of the world. A massive amount of Pakistanis living abroad have also asked me the same questions because they miss the international screenings of our movies.

” Abbasi continued, “We wanted to surprise them by taking the film to their door steps first. This is indeed the first time in Pakistan that a film is primarily releasing abroad and later, in the home country.”

The Waar actor feels Durj is a different film. “The audience will be the judge whether it’s a good film or a bad one. However, we wanted to do something different about its release and now by the grace of God, Durj is getting a global release.

” Among Shamoon and Sherry, Durj also features Myra Khan, Majid Khan and Nouman Javaid in prominent roles. Based on true events, it follows the story of a cannibal on the run, hiding away in a remote desert.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Fawad Khan could very well be our next superhero

After Humayun Saeed, Syra Shahroz and Sheheryar Munawar-starrer, Project Ghazi, it looks like Pakistani film industry is ready to foray into the superhero genre once again. And guess who is leading it into that direction? Fawad Khan!

Yup, you read that right. A picture of Fawad Khan sporting superhero gear has been making rounds on social media and we can’t help but scream out that “we’re onboard!”

Clad in black gear, Khan can be seen with a mustache and spiked hair.

But when will we get to see the next Pakistani superhero film hitting the screens? Well, that’s a question for another day.

Monday, 6 May 2019

'Cake' and other Pakistani films are coming to Netflix

Netflix is one of the most uber-popular ways to relax in this day and age. Rest assured, you will soon be able to watch some recent Pakistani favourites from the comfort of your own home if you missed them on the big screen. Here is a list of great films making their way to Netflix.

Cake Asim Abbasi’s debut feature film starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik has captured many of our hearts since its release in Pakistani theaters over a year ago. Set in Karachi, the film follows two sisters confronted by old secrets as one lives abroad and one is ‘left’ behind. They must realise the only way for the family to move forward is by moving back.


was also Pakistan’s entry for the Oscar’s in the foreign-language category this year, so it’s well worth to watch again and again. Abbasi also hinted at the Netflix release by sharing a tweet, which could hit our home screens in less than two weeks.

Sadqay Tumhare star Adnan Malik, who plays Romeo in the film, also cheekily hinted at the film’s Netflix release.

Pinky Memsaab

Indie Pakistani film Pinky Memsaab hit cinemas last December and is now available to watch on the streaming platform. The flick takes us on a journey through the lives of gorgeous socialite Mehr (Kiran Malik), a naïve maid called Pinky (Hajra Yamin), driven investment banker Hassan (Adnan Jaffar), and easygoing chauffeur Santosh (Sunny Hinduja). Their stories are interwoven in Dubai and the viewer has to find out why.

Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor

 This is truly exciting because Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is the first Pakistani animated film to make it to Netflix. The release was well-received by many and is a great film to watch with family. The film premiered in Pakistani cinemas in February 2018 and features the voices of some Pakistani favourites such as Noori-famed Ali Noor, Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman,

Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor highlights the importance of preservation and respect for wildlife. It takes us into a world of its own, following the adventures of a young hero who embarks on a quest to take on poachers in his hometown. He has friends to help him on his quests such as a markhor named Mehru, as well as a snow leopard and chukar.

The film was screened at the South Asian International Film Festival and also scored an award for Best Feature Film in Audience Choice category. A must watch for both kids and adults.

Friday, 26 April 2019

'Baaji' teaser just dropped and boy, does Meera look glamorous in it!

 Saqib Malik’s upcoming multi-starrer Baaji is one of the most anticipated films of 2019. We’ve been hearing about it for months and now, finally, the team behind the project has dropped its very first teaser! And boy, does Meera look glam in it!

Baaji boasts of a stellar ensemble cast besides Meera, who is making a comeback to the silver screen with a career-defining role in it. Then there is model-turned-actor Amna Ilyas is portraying a struggling star, hoping to make it big.

The male lineup is second to none with Osman Khalid Butt as a director and Mohsin Abbas Haider and Ali Kazmi also bringing their individualities to the screen. Yesteryear stars Nisho and Nayyar Ejaz will also be seen in important supporting roles.

From the looks of it, Baaji promises to be a rollercoaster ride and Meera seems to be owning every frame.

The film is said to be a deeper glimpse into the dark world of showbiz. While Malik wants to delve into the art of storytelling, he also plans to pay homage to the grandeur of cinema of cinema with it.

Baaji, co-written by Irfan Ahmed Urfi and Saqib himself, is exquisitely lensed by renowned director of photography Salman Razzaq. The film’s music includes work by Zeb Bangash, Taha Malik, Jamal Rahman and the maestro of Pakistani cinema Tafu Sahib.

Set against the backdrop of a fading Pakistani showbiz industry and the emergence of a new order in Lollywood, Baaji is sure to leave an imprint and set the screens on fire.

The film’s poster has an intriguing caption too. “Every dream has a price,” it reads. Baaji is slated to release on June 28.

We definitely can’t wait for this one!

Monday, 22 April 2019

'Chhalawa' trailer shows each character's eccentricity

Three weeks after the teaser release of upcoming local film Chhalawa, the official trailer has been revealed.

“Pyari Ammi jaan, aaj to Abbay ne had hi kardi… Kehta hai Jalal Chaudhry se teri shaadi kara dunga. Per mera naam bhi Zoya Rafaqat Chaudhry hai! (Beloved mother, father has crossed all the limits… He says he will get me married off to Jalal Chaudhry. But I am Zoya Rafaqat Chaudhry!)” And there we have the introduction for Mehwish Hayat’s character.

Then we encounter Azfar Rehman, where he’s seen stood in front of his mirror, trying on various (rather outlandish) pieces. He plays Zoya’s love interest and makes his way to Punjab “Bau Jee ka dil jeetne (To win her father’s heart.)”

Zara Noor Abbas’ character is somewhat of a fun-loving drama queen who romances Asad Siddiqui in the film. We see snippets of the title song playing in the background and of Mehwish’s ‘item song’ where she’s seen dancing up a storm clad in a beautiful, elaborate lehenga.

However, although the first half is all fun and games, the trailer gets darker towards the end. We see fights, tears and heartbreak bringing in a bit more depth to the film. It ends on a cliffhanger.

 The film-makers have done a good job at showing each character’s individuality and giving us the story line in a nutshell through the trailer. A light-hearted romantic comedy, Chhalawa also features Ashir Wajahat, Mahmood Aslam and Adnan Shah Tipu.

The film, which is directed, written and produced by Wajahat Rauf will hit cinemas this Eidul Fitr.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hearing of Petition Against “Legends of Maula Jatt” to be Held on April 25th!

Bilal Lashari’s film “Legends of Maula Jatt” is accused by Sarwar Bhatti the producer of the Punjabi Film “Maula Jatt” which was released in 1979. According to Sarwar Bhatti, Lashari used the title, script, characters, dialogue, poetry and music of the original Maula Jatt without taking permission.

The Lahore High Court admitted the petition and announced that the hearing will be on 25th April. Lahore High Court’s judge Justice Aminuddin considered the petition and Counsel Buzdar Haider stated that the arrangements for the release and publicity for the upcoming film have been completed that’s why we should hear the petition sooner. Hence it will be on April 25, instead of June 6, 2019.

The film Maula Jatt, released in 1979, was a record-breaking film and it is said to be the most successful film of the Pakistani film industry. Though Bilal Claims that his film has nothing to do with the 1979’s Maula Jatt but Sarwar Bhatti’s claims tell a completely different story.

The Legend of Maula Jutt is all set to release this Eid ul Fitr. The cast of the film includes the top-notch actors of Pakistan film industry including Fawad Khan as Maula Jatt and Hamza Ali Abbasi playing the role of Noorinath. These roles were previously played by legendary actors Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi in Sarwar’s Maula Jatt. The female leads of the film include the famous Mahira Khan and the beautiful Humaima Malik.

Let’s see how the court responds to this matter but we really hope that the issues between Bilal and Sarwat get resolved so that we can see the “The Legends of Maula Jatt” in the cinemas.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Mahira Khan channels Umrao Jaan in 'Paray Hut Love'

Asim Raza’s upcoming rom-com Paray Hut Love stars Sheheryar Munawar and Maya Ali in the lead roles but it also included one very special cameo. Rumours of Mahira Khan making an appearance in the film have been rife for a while now but no one knew what she would be doing therein.

 Well, looks like we finally have an answer. Mahira will be sporting a never-seen-before avatar for a song titled Moray Sayian. The actor recently shared the first look from the song and it looks quite intriguing!

She captioned the clip, “Feeling a lot so I’ll say very little. This is a labour of true love. A glimpse for all of you from me and my Asim Raza.”

From the clip, seems like the she is channeling a very Umrao Jaan look, with a red pishwaas and her back towards the camera.

We can’t wait for the song to be out! Initially, the 51-year-old film-maker had roped in Mahira to play the lead opposite Sheheryar.

However, it was later confirmed that Maya of Mann Mayal fame will be replacing the Bol actor in the film. Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below.

Monday, 8 April 2019

And That's a Wrap for Chhallawa Shoot

Pakistani Cinema is on the rise and we simply love that because what is more interesting is the fact that our filmmakers are experimenting with all kinds of content and creating films with different genres. Amongst a number of releases in Pakistan, ever since the cinema has been en-route revival, we have appreciated the work Wajahat Rauf has brought in as a director. With him having made us laugh with Karachi se Lahore, he recently had announced a new film called Chhalawa which stars the stunning Mehwish Hayat in the lead.

With Wajahat busy shooting for the film as he plans to release it this Eid-ul-Fitr, it seems that the film has finally wrapped up its shooting as announced by the producer / director himself through social media as he wrote, 'On the last day of Chhalawa shoot'

Besides Mehwish Hayat, the film also stars Zara Noor Abbas who has two film coming out this year, the first being Asim Razas Parey Hut Love and male leads in the form of Azfar Rehman and Asad Siddiqui who look amazing by what we have seen so far related to the film.

In an earlier conversation with HIP Wajahat had told,

 'Chhalawa is a refreshing take on family and romance with a unique blend of comedy. It sheds light on the communication gap between generations; it explores the nuances of father - daughter relationships and sibling bonds through an emotional, effective and dramatic manner that could be a great way of communicating and passing a message, which is what really my endeavour was as a filmmaker. It's different from my previous body of work. Chhalawa is fun at the same time is loaded with emotional elements as well'.

So with the shoot all wrapped up we look forward to seeing Chhalawa on the big screen this year as the teaser has left us quite amused since it looks like a colourful and a fun film not to be missed at any cost.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

'Pinky Memsaab' Releases on Netflix!

Shazia Ali Khan’s direction Pinky Memsaab follows the life-changing journey of a maid named Pinky played by the beautiful and emerging Hajra Yamin. Apart from Hajra, the film includes Kiran Malik, Adnan Jafar, Khalid Ahmed, Hajra Khan, and Shameem Hilaly but Hajra played the lead role in the film. She played her role really well and is nominated for Lux Style Award for Best Film Actress - Viewer's Choice.

The film is an international production shot in Dubai with actors from India, Pakistan, and UAE. The story of the film revolves around the lives of a gullible maid, Pinky - Hajra Yamin; a beautiful socialite, Mehr – Kiran Malik; an ambitious investment banker, Hassan – Adnan Jaffar and a happy-go-lucky chauffeur, Santosh - Sunny Hinduja who are entwined together in Dubai, in the bitter-sweet tale of self-discovery.

The film was released in December last year and it was loved by the audience but unfortunately, the film didn’t make a lot of money. It is now set to release on Netflix and would be available worldwide. Netflix is basically a streaming service that allows people to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more on thousands of Internet-connected devices. Moreover, there are no commercials on Netflix.

Like all the professional actors, Hajra started her acting career with theatre in 2011 and made her TV debut in 2016. She then made her film debut in 2018 with Maan Jao Na which didn’t do well in the box office. She then came up with a lead role in Pinky Memsaab which was way better than Maan Jao Na.

We congratulate Hajra Yamin and the remaining team of Pinky Memsaab and we really hope that Hajra will come up with an even better film in the future.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Mikaal Zulfiqar's 'Sherdil' now has a game you can download

Mikaal Zulfiqar-starrer Sherdil may not be soaring too high on the critics’ list but that hasn’t stopped Zulfiqar from introducing something new and exciting regarding the film.

The actor took to Instagram yesterday to reveal ‘Sherdil The Game’. “Now you can be #Sherdil too!

Sherdil The Game launches on Google Play and iTunes! You can play as my character! Search for Sherdil the game!”Led by Zulfiqar’s character in the film, pilot Haris Mustafa, the game is the first of its kind. Although animated film 3 Bahadur also released a game back in 2015, Sherdil The Game is Pakistan’s first video game based on a live-action film.

The film was shot by renowned Hollywood cinematographer, Riki Butland who’s been associated with franchises like the Fast & Furious and Star Trek, and has signed onto Sonu Dangerous for choreography.

Also starring Armeena Khan as the female lead, Hasan Niazi as the antagonist and Sabeeka Imam in a supporting role, the soundtrack is being composed by Adnan Dhul and Rabi Ahmed of Soch, who have previously worked on Bollywood film, Ek Villain and the recently-released local production, Chupan Chupai.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Sherdil's Revenue to go Towards Martyrs' Families

As its release date draws closer, the PAF action drama Sherdil continues creating more of a stir. Initially noticed for the high relevance of its subject material following the Indo-Pakistan tensions, the movie was recently able to rope in one of the leading distributors of foreign films for its middle-east rollout.

Within Pakistan, the movie continues with its marketing blitz. The Sherdil team, including producer Nomaan Khan and actors Meekal Zulfiqar and Hassan Niazi were on Juggun Kazim’s morning show this week, where they unveiled a figurine collectible for Meekal Zulfiqar’s character and also discussed the evolution of the project and the cast’s on-set experiences. They have also been touring major universities, such as FUIC, across the country. In another important development, the movie was able to bring on-board a major Pakistani telecommunications company as one of its sponsor.

Now the film’s producer and writer Nomaan Khan has announced that 20% of the film’s proceeds would go towards families of the martyrs through PAF’s Shaheed Fund. This jaw-dropping figure would provide audiences even more incentive towards watching the film, since their theater tickets would not only be paying for the price of admission but also contributing significantly towards a social cause that has gained significance following the recent regional tensions. Corporate social responsibility is vital for communities to benefit from a successful commercial project, and it is especially praiseworthy that local film makers such as Khan are taking it seriously as well.

Sherdil’s trailer was unveiled on March 5, and two of its songs, the romantic track O Janiya and the patriotic rock-flavored number Sanson mein baqi hai dum were released a few days back. Khan says he is elated with the kind of response the film has been able to generate, and wherever the team has visited for promotions they have been cheered and showered with much love from the audience.

Sherdil is all set to release on March 22 over the Pakistan day weekend. It will be releasing alongside Laal Kabootar, and the movie’s film makers are hopeful that they will be able to set the film theaters abuzz with patriotic fervor over the holiday period.

The film is directed by Azfar Jafri, and produced and written by Nomaan Khan. It stars Mekaal Zulfiqar, Hassan NIazi, Armeena Khan and Sabeeka Imam, and features photography by Hollywood cinematographer Riki Butland.

Zara Sheikh to Rock the Dance Floor in ‘Heer Maan Ja’

Stunning model-turned-actress Zara Sheikh will be seen shaking a leg on a peppy dance number in upcoming Hareem Farooq, Ali Rehman-starrer Heer Maan Ja. The actress confirmed the news in an exclusive conversation with Hip.

‘I am very glad to be a part of the project,’ Zara said expressing her excitement over the Imran Kazmi’s film. Zara will be the lead alongside a huge team of background dancers in a special wedding song, sung by Sahara, the band that last sang the hit ‘Billo Hai’ for Kazmi’s last film Parchi and choreographed by Osman Khalid Butt.

 Reports surfacing on social media has it that the actress will also be showcasing her acting skills in Heer Maan Ja. ‘This is a surprise for the viewers and they’ll be able to find out after watching the film,’ she said while partially confirming the news but did not disclose any other details.

Praising the producer of the movie, Zara said that all credit goes to Kazmi for bringing all the superstars on board for Heer Maan Ja.

Zara made her debut back in 2000 with the blockbuster ‘Tere Pyar Mein’ which rose her to the heights of stardom. Since then, she had been on a long hiatus and just appeared on silver screen on and off. Zara made a comeback in 2018 with a special appearance in the film 'Jackpot' which made the audience long for more of her.

‘I kept getting offers for roles, but nothing seemed appealing to me. No offer felt like the type I was looking for,’ the picky actress said when asked why she did not go for any film as of yet while also revealing that she focuses on quality over quantity. As for Heer Maan Ja, she said it’s a great project and the entire team has worked very hard for the film.

 ‘I am considering some other projects as well for future,’ she said while shedding some light on her future career plans. We are super excited to see the vibrant Zara on-screen in Heer Maan Ja, coming out this Eid-ul-Adha.