Friday, 9 August 2013

Eid films – a colourful mix

06:51 By Lollywood Online No comments

KARACHI, Aug 8: Though it can’t be seen through the prism of the media construct of the ‘revival of cinema’, it is heartening for cinemagoers that this Eidul Fitr a decent number of films will be screened at Karachi’s cinema halls and cineplexes. Compared to last Eid it is definitely an upward trend, the marked feature of which is that apart from the usual Hollywood chartbusters, and a major Bollywood release, a few Pakistani films will also see the light of day.
Lollywood offering Ishq Khuda is directed by Shehzad Rafique and has Shaan, Meera, Ahsan Khan and a Moroccan actress Wiam Ammar Dahmani as its principal characters. The film will be screened at cineplexes and Capri cinema.
Josh, directed by Iram Parveen Bilal, is another Pakistani film. Its cast members include Aamina Sheikh, Khalid Malik, Mohib Mirza and Qaiser Khan Nizamani and it can be viewed at Cineplex, Cinepax (Ocean Mall) and Atrium cinema. Scalla, a cinema house adjoining Bambino, will screen the Punjabi film Sharika starring Shaan and Saima.
The much-anticipated Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, with actor Humayun Saeed as the protagonist, is slated to be released after Eid.
The Wolverine is perhaps the biggest Hollywood motion picture to be shown on the first day of Eid. With James Mangold in the director’s seat, it stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukishima and Svetlana Khodchenkova.
The marvel comic character-based film is the sixth in the X-Men series. The city’s cineplexes including Atrium and Bambino cinema will run The Wolverine. The Lone Ranger is helmed by Gore Verbinski. It revolves around the character of John Reid (Armie Hammer) as narrated by Tonto (Johnny Depp). The movie can be seen at Karachi’s cineplexes.
Monsters University is an animated film directed by Dan Scanlon. The Hollywood giants who have lent their voices to the project are the always funny Billy Crystal, John Goodman and the quirky Steve Buscemi. All cineplexes will run Monsters University. Another Hollywood offering White House Down has Jamie Fox, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Channing Tatum playing the central characters. Cinepax will play host to The Roland Emmerich-helmed thriller.
But it is the Indian comedy Chennai Express which is expected to steal everybody else’s thunder. It stars Bollywood king Shahrukh Khan and one of the most successful actresses in recent times, the girl with a dimpled smile, Deepika Padukone. The film’s director Rohit Shetty is known for making over-the-top, commercially viable comedies, such as Bol Bachchan and Golmaal. Cineplexes, Atrium and Capri cinema will screen Chennai Express.
Talking to Dawn, Capri cinema’s Nazir Ahmed said, “We will have two shows of Ishq Khuda in the afternoon followed by three of Chennai Express in the evening.”


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