Saturday, 13 August 2016

Parday Pe Rehnay Do brings cinema to your doorstep

Watching movies in the cinema is a form of entertainment most love but is not accessible to many.
As Pakistani cinema goes through a revival after decades of being marred by Indian movies, a programme is working on making the experience of a cinema house accessible to all.
Parday Pe Rehnay do or Cinema on the Wheels is a programme aimed at helping preserve local cinema, including classical films, musical records and magazines, by making it accessible to everyone.
Commercial Producer Akhlaq Mahesar has come up with a hope of resurgence with an aim to deliver the experience of a cinema at the doorsteps of the unprivileged. In an attempt to keep cinema alive, this venture will showcase Pakistani films in slum areas, villages and other remote areas of the country.
The launch of the venture kicked off on Friday at the TCP Godown area with a heart-touching rendition of the national anthem.
“We can’t bring them here but we can go to them and provide them with the experience of a cinema,” Ahklaq  said as he took the stage to explain the project.
Subsequently, a number of disadvantaged children were shown films screened at the occasion. A corridor called the Memory Lane, consisting of movie posters dating as far back as 1949 was also incorporatedDesi food and ethnic props gave the event a rustic style.
Lollywood veteran Mustufa Qureshi was the chief guest of the event. “This initiative will help us grow and reach the masses. It will spread awareness about Pakistani film industry, particularly the new generation about our roots,” he said.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, excited TV actor Hassan Ahmed said, “It is an out-of-the-box idea. So many people are doing it but this revival is good if it happens on a big scale like this.”
Late film star Waheed Murad’s son Adil Murad was also present at the event. “This is progression and we will take this forward. We need to elevate our films and make them approachable for everyone,” he said.
“It feels great how Pakistani cinema is being supported and benefited. It’s a good initiative,” Zara Yaad Ker star Sana Javed told The Express Tribune.
We believe, this ‘kind of’ a portable cinema for the underprivileged in Pakistan is a commendable initiative, to say the least.

Maalik barred from screening worldwide

Looks like banning Ashir Azeem’s Maalik across Pakistan wasn’t enough for ‘state control’ as the action movie is now barred from being screened internationally.
Maalik, which was slated to release internationally on August 26, has been slapped with a ban on its export by the Information Ministry.
Previously, in an attempt to save his sinking ship, the director was planning to release the film in Middle East, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.
“At first there were no plans [for international release] but since the judgment is reserved for our court case, we are going ahead with the international release,” he told The Express Tribune.
Following the news, a disappointed Ashir said, “I was relying on the court’s decision, but they keep delaying it, and now Maalik’s export has been banned. I’m helpless.”
Maalik lasted on the box office for not more than three weeks, running into trouble first with Sindh censors and finally the Central Board of Film Censors.
There were those in government ranks who simply did not appreciate the representation of different ethnicities and politicians as a group in the film.
Well, we didn’t expect this coming.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Sana Javed opts out of debut film 'Rangreza'

 Sana Javed has opted out of her debut film Rangreza, starring Bilal Ashraf and Gohar Rasheed, that was expected to go on floors this month.
The Zara Yaad Ker star told The Express Tribune that she has had to relieve herself of the role due to a “family emergency.”
The star said, “Due to some family emergency, dates manage nahi ho rahay thay (the dates could not be managed).”
Sana assured us however, that there was no other reason for her to opt out of the love story directed by Amir Mohiuddin, and that there was mutual understanding.
“There wasn’t any other issue. Anyone in my place would have done that. I decided to walk out due to mutual understanding,” she said.
Sana had previously told The Express Tribune, “The story [of Rangreza] revolves around my character which makes it all the more interesting… It is about Karachiities basically, so it’s quite relatable.”
“It’s a love story that will revolve around the fusion of classicalqawali and modern pop music,” director Amir Mohiuddin had previously said.

Shamim Ara – the go-getter

KARACHI/LAHORE: The past six years might have had a lot of promise for Pakistani cinema at large, however, for one of its biggest icons they were a constant battle of life and death. On Friday, Shamim Ara lost that battle and in her shape we lost our most prolific woman film-maker.
In 1956, director Najam Naqvi was on the lookout for a heroine whom he could cast in his film Kunwari Bewa. Shamim Ara was visiting relatives in Karachi and it was here that the two met and her acting debut materialised. The film bombed on the box office but trumpeted the arrival of a diva who 30 years later, gave Pakistan its most commercially successful film of its time.
The Aligarh-born actor then chose Lahore as her permanent abode and hence began her prolonged association with film. By the time she was done with roughly 90 films, acting no longer excited Shamim Ara as it once did.
With the 1976 Waheed Murad-starrer Jeo Aur Jeenay Do, she made her directorial debut and continued belting out hits after hits – Haathi Mere Saathi, Lady Smuggler, Playboy, to name a few – until 2004.
The innovator
Her Miss franchise, in screenwriter Vasay Chaudhry’s words, was perhaps Shamim Ara’s most important contribution to Pakistani cinema. Between 1979 and 1996, the late film-maker’s Miss Hong Kong, MissColombo, Miss Singapore and Miss Istanbul saw the combination of an unconventional female protagonist and exotic locations work wonders.
“How many such films can you name from that time? Even today, India does not have an example like that,” Chaudhry said, adding that Shamim Ara knew exactly what the box office craved for and over the years, she mastered the commercial film formulae. “For one of these films, Pakistani cinema’s first helicopter shot was taken. Today it might seem ordinary but back in the day it was quite a big deal.”
The Jawani Phir Nahi Ani writer said it takes a lot of courage for a woman to produce such work consistently for so many years.
Referring to the “fashionable” shape of the women’s empowerment discourse that commercial industries of today bank upon, Chaudhry said, “We were making women-centric films back in the 1980s. Tarantino made Kill Bill and everyone went gaga over it. People like Shamim Ara were doing this long ago.”
Money in the bank
With the 1995 film Munda Bigra Jaye, Shamim Ara struck gold. The Rambo-Sahiba movie, according to Nigar Golden Jubilee Number, smashed Pakistan’s film business records and remained our highest grossing film until Syed Noor’s Choorian hit screens.
Its title song that went by the same name became an anthem of sorts; many might not have seen the film but there’s hardly anyone who has not heard the song, which is said to have been made by pop star Hasan Jahangir first.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Lollywood doyenne had assumed the role of a godmother of sorts to many of the industry’s top talents. Film veteran Nisho and her daughter Sahiba collaborated with Shamim Ara on a number of projects. “She was very supportive of us,” Nisho told The Express Tribune. Shamim Ara was a very non-confrontational and easygoing woman in everyday life but when it came to work, she was a different person altogether. “I know this is a very clich├ęd thing to say but honestly I feel her presence formed Lollywood’s golden period.”
Films such as Anarkali, Naila and Devdas are remembered as some of Shamim Ara’s most memorable acting performances. Pashto and Punjabi screen siren of the past Durdana Rahman said she started her career seeing people like Shamim Ara do so well. “She was the idol of every actor. We all wanted to be like her,” she added.