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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Nabeel Qureshi: ‘Fard’ behind ‘Namaloom Afraad’

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posters.pngThe story of three reckless souls, struggling to achieve their goals and are brought togethe and are caught in a thrilling roller coaster ride in Nabeel Qureshi’s ‘Namaloom Afraad’ is of the most highest anticipated films of the year.
The drama school drop out (a long painful story he prefers to avoid), is passionate about his film. Dressed in jeans and sandals, the trend setter could easily be mistaken for a college student rather than a director  reviving film industry

He has certainly managed to break the trend prevalent in the recently revived film industry swamped with stories based on patriotism with a mad cap comedy.
Theatrical posters of ‘Namaloom Afraad’
Within hours of release, the first theatrical trailer created stir as fans began anticipating the arrival of a new potential blockbuster in the budding Pakistani film scene.
“You cannot predict anything before the film is released.  At the moment, it is my own property, but as soon as it is released, it will become public. Then, it will solely be the audiences’ decisions which will matter. If they like it, then the film is obviously good and if they don’t, we will have to think about improvising our work.”
He further adds, “God forbid, if my film fails to succeed, it will hurt. But rest assured, it will work as a driving force for my team and I to work harder and employ as much efforts as we can.”
Like the renowned painter Picasso once said, inspiration exists but it has to find you working, Qureshi’s inspiration for this upcoming thriller seems to come from a random conversation with the film’s producer, Fizza Ali Meera.
“I remember Fizza and I making small talk when it clicked to us that the discussion we are having can very well be converted into a movie plot. As for the quirky name of the movie, we just found the term ‘Namaloom Afraad’ too catchy. Even the actors were excited and charmed with the title of the movie,” he elaborates.
Nabeel Qureshi on the sets of 'Namaloom Afraad'
Nabeel Qureshi on the sets of ‘Namaloom Afraad’
Although the audiences’ bar is set high and they are expecting a lot from this flick, they think the plot has taken inspiration from Priyadarshan’s Hera Pheri, however, the newcomer obviously doesn’t concur with this view. “It is human nature to connect things. There are hundreds of films out there made on the same topic and have been successful too. But that doesn’t mean I have copied anyone’s idea. It is one hundred percent original script,” Qureshi asserts. “I am not a fool to make a heavy-budget movie which people have already seen. Audiences will certainly have a different opinion about the movie once they watch it”
A glimpse of Mehwish Hayat’s item number has people talking and seems to be all the rage with the cinema goers. Will Namloom Afraad also see the same fate as Tees Maar Khan which only became prominent because of Sheila Ki Jawani?
“First of, it is a dance number and not an item number. And the reason for including it in the movie was not to give audiences another reason to watch the movie but because it was the need of the script. Also, Mehwish isn’t only there for that song, in fact, she is also playing an important character in movie which eventually leads her to this song,” he reveals.
Nabeel Qureshi certainly looks like one of the finest directors to look forward to and he himself feels confident about his work and talented team. “There wasn’t a single day which went wasted. We had to work with a very tight schedule and the action sequences were hasslesome but we managed quite well.” He further adds, “One thing my team and I feel proud about the most is the fact that we got a chunk of Saadar closed for a shoot where we had to show cars and buses ablaze on the street.”
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Nabeel Qureshi with the lead actors of ‘Namaloom Afraad’

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