Sunday, 31 December 2017

Pari set to release on 2nd Feb 2018.

The theatrical trailer for the upcoming horror flick PARI just got released and we are super intrigued. The 2 min 14 sec trailer takes you through the horror ride of mysteries and secrets to be unfolded.

The trailer does its job by maintaining the feel of a horror film throughout and the music fully adds to the overall package. Keeping the horror vibe going, one keeps anticipating the next move and every single scene from the trailer pulls us deep into the story giving us chills. Saleem Mairaj chanting “She will destroy you” makes us wonder how can a little girl destroy anyone. The question will be answered once the film released and we are waiting anxiously for that.

It’s background score and the released sound tracks are a win for the film. Keeping the genre of the film in place every beat, lyrics and mood of the song suits perfectly and we are already a fan of the song for sure.

Set to release on 2nd February along with Maan Jao Na and Allahyar and the legend of Markhor, Pari seems to hold some promise.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Chupan Chupai Kicks Off New Year Weekend With Good Day One Numbers - Box Office Details

Chupan Chupan has come out as a pleasant surprise for the whole industry as film collects 45acs approx on day one. Even though numbers don't look big but they are way more than expectations.
Film has beaten day one numbers of bigger films like Bhoomi, Arth and Rangreza.

Numbers are almost 40% more than Arth and Rangreza day one numbers. Numbers are little less than Fukrey Returns which had similar opening but had much bigger name!! Numbers are little less than Akshay Kumar's Toilet Ek Prem Katha which actually sums up that numbers are quite good!!

Film has now solid base and if it sees pick from here then it can go for 1.75 Crore Weekend.

Film has performed best in Rawalpinid/Islamabad where it has gone past bigger films like Secret Superstar and Toilet Ek Prem Katha!!

Film is only slow in Lahore but with New Year effect coming into play over the Weekend film should see big gains in Lahore over the Weekend.

Friday, 29 December 2017

'Chupan Chupai' review: The birth of new film stars

KARACHI : It’s a beautiful thing to witness the birth of a new star. And what’s better than to watch several new stars make an impactful debut in one film and put the entire industry on notice. Mohsin Ali’s Chupan Chupai, the last Pakistani film of 2017, does just that.

Chupan Chupai, which borrows its story from a Tamil film, revolves around four unemployed men, Babu (Ahsan Khan), Teeli (Vajdaan Shah), Faddy (Zayed Sheikh), and Koki (Ali Rizvi), who resort to kidnapping to make ends meet. They end up kidnapping the minister’s son (Faizan Khawaja) and the consequences lead them to battle against the notorious police officer Chaudhary (Adnan Jaffar).

After a disappointing year for the local film industry, not many had expectations from Chupan Chupai to deliver a quality experience.

Chupan Chupai , in that aspect, is an important film for the local industry. It proves one point: It’s time to invest in younger (albeit yet unproven) talent. Most of the team behind the film come from a theatre background and if you have watched them perform live, you already know their potential. For the rest, give the young guns a chance and you would get more than your money’s worth.

Granted, except the Udaari star, one would be unfamiliar with most of the names. Yet, they are the ones who prove their acting prowess the most. Shah, Rizvi, Sheikh (who also serves as the co-producer) show that carry the film and are so comfortable in front of the camera you’d doubt it’s their debut. Shah owns his character of a street-smart, angry young man. Rizvi, as the idiot of the gang, is the true star of the film. With his impeccable comic timing and over-the-top expressions, he delivers the most memorable, laugh-out-loud funny moments.

Watch out because there’s no denying that he will be a major player in the industry in the coming days. A special mention goes to National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa) for training and nurturing powerhouse talent which is just beginning to show the world what they’re capable of.

Khawaja is brilliant as the minister’s son. His low-key cunning nature and the boiling frustration resulting in interesting decisions make room for much chaos in the film. Neelam Munir, as Babu’s girlfriend Pari, serves her limited function of sprinkling masala in the film.

That’s her only purpose. Khan is effective as Babu. While some of his character’s actions go unexplained, he fulfills his role of carrying the story forward. Although it isn’t his debut (and he’s already a star), Chupan Chupai should be to Khan what Na Maloom Afraad (NMA) was to Fahad Mustafa, and must raise his stock way high.

Speaking of Na Maloom Afraad, one may draw a few parallels between the two films. The original NMA was a novel idea at the time and it became a sleeper hit. Chupan Chupai walks a similar path in terms of content. Yes, it has flaws in screenplay and direction, but it grips you in the first 15 minutes and never leaves you until the end. It could have been shorter in duration, but you won’t feel that until you leave the theatre. And yet, the dominant thought after watching the film would be: “When is the sequel coming out?”

The beauty of Chupan Chupai is that, even with its loopholes, it has more than enough to keep you engaged (mostly hysterically laughing) and busy with several twists and turns. And yet, it leaves enough doors open for a potential sequel. The film, with everything it offers, may very well become a cult classic some time from now.

‘Support local cinema’ has become a most repulsive cliché for me lately because its common usage infers mindless, flag-waving loyalty over quality. But in this case, it may be apt because by supporting these emerging stars (who actually know their craft, unlike many), we ensure that the future of the industry is safe. After the massive disappointments like Arth and Rangreza, Chupan Chupai gives you a solid reason to return to theatres and support good, entertaining cinema.

Verdict: If you enjoyed watching Na Maloom Afraad, Golmaal and Fukrey, Chupan Chupai is a must-watch that will make you laugh your head off.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Year in Review 2017: Which Pakistani movie song of 2017 is your favourite?

2017 was quite an eventful year for Pakistani music and film industry. Several movies were released and songs made quite an impact.
These 12 months were perhaps the busiest for the industry in hindsight.

While the movies have started experimenting a bit more with the storyline and plot of it, the songs of the movies are given equal importance.

Here is a list of the top 10 movie tracks that made it big this year:

1. Yalghar: Nahi Milta

2. Verna: Power Di Game

3. Arth – The Destination: Murshed Ji

5. Balu Mahi: Balu Mahi

6. Chalay Thay Saath: Bolo

7. Na Maloom Afraad 2: Kaif O Suroor

8. Rangreza: Phool Khil Jayien

9. Mehrunnisa V Lub U: Beliya

10. Parchi: Billo Hai

Saturday, 23 December 2017

'Parchi' to be first Pakistani film to hit theatres in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia this month announced that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom and the first cinemas were likely to open early next year.

“As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom,” minister of culture and information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad said in a statement. He added that the first cinemas are expected to open in March 2018.

But here what’s got us excited! According to Arab News, one of the first films to hit Saudi screens when cinemas reopen next year will be Parchi!

The action/thriller-comedy starring Hareem Farooq, Ali Rehman Khan and Shafqat Cheema will be one of the few movies that will be screened for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

“We feel honored and proud that we are among the first, it’s pretty exciting and it is quite an achievement,” Farooq, also a co-producer of the movie said.

“We always aim to do something new and expand our reach, not just stick to Pakistan.”

The impact of going international is something Farooq is definitely looking forward to. “I think it’s proof that Pakistani cinema has international appeal, it shows that we are on the right track and that we do have a great future.”

In addition to commercial success, films are changing some of the conversation about Pakistan. “We always want to put Pakistan on the global map in a good light, that is what we work for,” Farooq asserted.

“Cinema is a platform that can change mindsets — it’s huge and plays a mighty role in our image projection abroad. All the world sees is extremism and terrorism, they don’t get to see what Pakistan is really about. We are as crazy and as normal as everywhere else.”

The fun track from Parchi, Billo Hai, has been well received, and already has more than a million views on YouTube.

The movie is slated to release on Jan 5 next year in Pakistan and the UAE, and Jan 12 in the US. Cinemas in Saudi Arabia will reopen early next year after a 35-year ban.

The Express Tribune is currently awaiting a confirmation from the producers or cast of the movie.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Cinepax goes bigger with largest cinema launch at Packages Mall Lahore!

Pakistan's favorite cinema has taken a step ahead and gone bigger with the launch of one of the biggest cinemas in the country. Cinepax at Packages Mall Lahore introduced CMAX, the biggest screen of Pakistan.

CMAX is as tall as 4 story high building and wide as 80 feet. This will be Pakistan’s first screen with Dual Projection system along with Dolby ATMOS 3D surround sound. The screen is equipped with world best Gold class cinema recliners & super comfy Silver class seating facility. Out of the 10 screens, 3 have become operational on the 15th Dec and the rest are to follow soon.

Cinepax is Pakistan's one of the most loved cinemas. The name has always striven to bring the audience the best in entertainment with its cinema screens and now, with the launch of CMAX, Cinepax has outdone itself by introducing a multiplex with 10 cinema screens and total capacity of 1500 plus seats. The newly built Multiplex has several Gold & Platinum class screens with VIP lounges, along with one dedicated screens for Kids with an exciting play area. (Now that's a great news for movie buff parents with young children)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

15 weeks and going strong! Punjab Nahi Jaungi breaks all records in the country!

Seems like the Punjab Nahi Jaungi fever is not dying away anytime soon. The film released about 15 weeks back but its still going pretty strong. In fact SMAX, Sozo World Cinemas is currently showcasing three prime time shows for Punjab Nahi Jaungi owing to its great demand.

The film is also going strong in cinemas in Karachi as well, running at least one show a day amidst competition from upcoming new films as well. The Humayun Saeed, Mehwish Hayat and Urwa Hocane starrer opened worldwide on the 1st of Septmeber 2017 and is still raking in good money for the makers.Praises and demand for screening of Punjab Nahi Jaungi poured in from across the border as well, as a number of fans wanted the film to be screened in India as well.

And had it been, PNJ would certainly have given Bollywood blockbusters a run for their money.

Achieving the 50cr worldwide milestone, Punjab Nahi Jaungi has become a trendsetter for the Pakistani cinema industry as the numbers are still pouring in. This one's a movie, the likes of which are rarely produce and definitely one that'll be remembered for a long time.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Lollywood insiders expecting fruitful December as three major films gear up for release

LAHORE: Stakeholders of the Pakistani film industry are expecting a big month due to the release of three much anticipated films through December, namely Chupan Chupai, Rangreza and Arth 2.

Insiders are hopeful that these will attract the general public and expect the three upcoming releases to be amongst the best of 2017, which also saw Na Maloom Afraad 2, Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Verna and Yalghaar.

Promotions have kicked-off across the country and actors, as well as the production teams, are all set out to run the campaigns. Just yesterday, actor Shaan Shahid visited various parts of Lahore in connection to his upcoming film Arth 2.

He has adopted a different approach for the promotions this time: a culturally-decorated double decker bus on which he toured Lahore along with his cast and crew members. They visited Minar-e-Pakistan and spent a lot of time there with countless fans.

Although 2017 has only seen the release of 15 Urdu films up until now and only a few of those were able to perform well financially, it is quite practical to expect these three films to not do as well as is anticipated. However, celebrities are truly assuming a fruitful outcome.

Speaking with The Express Tribune, Shaan mentioned how relaxed he felt during promotions and went on to talk about the film industry’s turn for the better. “The revival of Pakistan’s film industry has begun and I am hopeful that the public will like Arth 2. I have tried my level best to create a film that is up to international standards”

The Chairman of the Film Distributors Association of Pakistan Chaudhry Ejaz Kamran further spoke about the films that were released this year. “We always stand with the welfare of our local industry and are hopeful that all the stake holders will be satisfied with the release of Chupan Chupai, Rangreza and Arth 2,” he said.

“Without the revival of Pakistan’s film industry, we cannot receive any remuneration. I think it is the public’s responsibility to come and watch these films for the welfare of the film industry. Last month, Mahira Khan’s film Verna gave cinema owners and the general public a lot of confidence, and we hope to see the same assurance this month too.”

“I look forward to the day we will be able to say that our cinema industry can do well without Indian films,” he concluded

Whilst Arth 2 and Rangreza are both set to release on December 21, Chupan Chupai will hit theatres on December 29.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Aamina Sheikh's first look from 'Cake The Film' is finally here

Aamina Sheikh is all set to make her return to the big screen and needless to say, we can’t wait! Especially since her upcoming venture Cake The Film also stars Sanam Saeed, who was last seen in Dobara Phir Se and Sadqey Tumhare star Adnan Malik.

Now, while there were many behind the camera pictures and clips shared on the movie’s official Instagram account before, Sheikh’s character has finally been brought into the limelight.

The 021 star will be playing a ‘badass baker’ named Zareen. Aamina took to Instagram to share the illustration with the caption, “Character Reveal!”

Talking about the movie, the director Asim Abbasi previously revealed to The Express Tribune. “It’s about two sisters, one of whom lives abroad and the other is left behind here. It showcases their conflicts in dealing with their relationships and parents,” he said.

“The story is something we all can relate to in some way. We have seen globalisation, children moving away and the rivalry between siblings. It’s a story about love, loss and life and death – all the things that we are familiar with.”

Cake The Film is all set to hit the screens in spring next year.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Humaima Malick sizzles in latest song of 'Arth - The Destination'

Humaima Malick is definitely a firecracker! The starlet proves that effortlessly chic in her latest song, Aadat from her upcoming venture, Arth – The Destination, which also stars Shaan Shahid, Uzma Hasan and Mohib Mirza in titular roles.

Composed by Sahir Ali Bagga, and sung by Sana Zulfiqar, the track portrays Humaima as the diva that she is.

With apt dance moves, and perfect sultry expressions, the Bol star shows exactly why everyone should take a page or two on how to perform item numbers with grace from her book! (We’re eyeing you, Sadaf Kanwal!)

Malick also gets a shout out from her favourite Bollywood director and the man behind the classic himself, Mahesh Bhatt. The Murder director took to Twitter and lauded the starlet. He wrote, “Humaima dazzles ! She has class.

However, previously talking to The Express Tribune, the Dekh Magar Pyaar Se star asserted, “I don’t only do item numbers that entertain. I can cry, I can do romance and I can make people laugh.”

Her Pakistani venture Arth 2 — a film that’s quite close to her heart — is nearing release. The film will see Malick play a role inspired by Smita Patel’s character from the original Mahesh Bhatt film.

Bhatt had written Patel’s role after taking cue from his personal relations with Bollywood diva Parveen Babi.

“I’ve given so much to the Parveen Babi character. It takes a lot to give a performance like that,” Malick said, adding, “I believe that an actor who gives their best to a project should be doing one film a year and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

“You cannot exactly study acting. You’re either born with it or you don’t have it in you,” alleged Humaima while elucidating the hitches and hurdles she had to endure on her journey to finally making it into the film industry.

Arth – The Destination hits the theatres on December 21.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

'Parchi' trailer is out and Hareem Farooq's looks could kill

KARACHI: With the plethora of Pakistani films releasing this December, we might just have to camp in at the nearest theatre. After Arth 2, Rangreza and Chupan Chupai, we have a new addition to the line-up.

Brace yourselves everyone, the Parchi trailer is out!

Needless to say, the cast of Parchi is huge. Favourites from Diyar-e-Dil, Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman Khan, alias Arjumand and Suhaib will be seen beside Usman Mukhtar. The trio was earlier part of Janaan as well. The very handsome Ahmed Ali Akbar will also grace the screen with his presence alongside Shafqat Khan, Shafqat Cheema, Faizan Shaikh, Talal Jilani, Mojiz Hasan, Salman Shaukat, Mahenur Haider and Faiza Saleem.

Hareem makes an entrance that screams haseena atom-bomb and she looks perfect in that gangster avatar. She might just be overshadowing all the male-characters in the film.

Apart from the trailer, the film has also released its entire music album online and the tracks are mind blowing as well, as promised.

We hope it’s not too late to add another track to all your mehndi dances this season because Parchi might have just brought the best bhangra number sung by the famous Sahara and Nindy Kaur, titled Billo Hai. Hareem, Usman, Ali and Ahmed seem to have nailed all the moves. Thanks to Balu Mahi star, Osman Khalid Butt who is making a choreography debut with Parchi.

Here is the trailer:

Final Release Date Of Saat Din Mohabbat In Revealed

Karachi “Saat Din Mohabbat In,” produced by Dawn Films in collaboration with IMGC Global, is all set to unveil its magic in 2018 on Eid-ul- Fitr.

The movie stars Mahira Khan and Shehryar Munawar in lead roles with Javed Sheikh, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Aamir Qureshi, Hina Dilpazeer and Adnan Shah Tipu. “Saat Din Mohabbat In,” the first venture of Dawn Films, will be distributed all over Pakistan by the Distribution Club Private Limited.

“Saat Din Mohabbat In,” directed by the acclaimed duo Meenu and Farjad and written by Fasih Bari, aims to deliver pure entertainment through its unique storyline and star studded cast.

The cast is currently shooting for the last spell of the movie, and the movie will soon go in post- production phase.

Verna Two Weeks Worldwide Business - BoxOfficeDetails

Verna has been a low grosser when we look at previous totals films of Shoaib Mansoor or Mahira Khan but looking at genre it has done reasonably well.. As per estimates two domestic total has finished at little over 5cr approx and now third Weekend is of just two days as cinemas were closed on Friday.

Coming toward overseas it has seen decent to low performances from various territories but UAE has done quite well.. Film had seen a Week late release in UAE amidst huge negativity at social media but numbers there have come exceedingly well with Week closing around 80lacs! If it had released in time then Week numbers would have been similar or probably better than a big film like Punjab Nahi Jaungi which came on Eid!! UK saw slow start but has been steady in Week two, similar is the trend in North America.

Film has collected over 3.5cr from Overseas in two weeks which is a respectable total taking 14 days worldwide total around 8.65cr approx.. Film will probably cross 10cr mark before end of it's run..

Below is the territorial breakdown of the film till the end of Week two..

Pakistan (estimates)..

5.05cr UK.. 1.57cr

North America.. 1.05cr

UAE.. 78lacs

Australia.. 17lacs

Total.. 8.62cr

Friday, 1 December 2017

Supermodel Omer Shahzad joins the cast of 'Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2'

The sequel to Pakistan’s highest-grossing film to date Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA 2) has a casting coupe of sorts. Humayun Saeed, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Uzma Khan and Sarwat Gilani will be reappearing in their respective roles – while it was earlier announced that Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan have joined the star-studded cast.

The latest addition to JPNA 2’s cast is model-turned-actor Omer Shahzad, who impressed us with his all-new beefed-up avatar on the runways this year. Having made a forgettable cinematic debut with Jawad Bashir’s Teri Meri Love Story, Omer now hopes to prove his mettle as an actor. However, his television career has only blossomed over the years since his foray with Adhoori Aurat in 2013 to the ongoing hit Alif Allah Aur Insaan.

Omer, who’s joined the team in Istanbul, Turkey, where the film is being shot since early November, spoke exclusively to The Express Tribune directly from the sets. “When Nadeem came to me with this part, he told me a little about it – but what really made me say yes was when he told me that I was perfect for this particular character,” he began, revealing how he was approached and what made him take it up.

Though, he chose to remain tight-lipped about his character and its facets, he did disclose that his character holds great significance in the progress of the plot. And even though Omer is evidently not the centre of attention in the film, he feels working with an adept troupe will only assist him in polishing his acting skills.

“The best part is that I get to learn so much,” he professes as one asks him of the substance he has to offer in the film, “Of course, I do want to (work on a solo lead-film), but all four protagonists in this film are senior actors, so it’s going to be a very different experience altogether. The cast literally brings together my favourite actors together and that would definitely help me grow as an actor.”

Speaking of what the audience may expect from the film, Omer was all praises for the feature. “I think this part (of JPNA) is coming up with something very exciting and stirring, I must say it’s been a wonderful experience so far working with the entire crew, here in Turkey. It’s huge, it’s massive and I am truly honoured to be a part of such an amazing team,” he concluded.

In an earlier interview with a leading daily, Fahad Mustafa had revealed that the film follows his journey with his leading lady, just how Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat were brought together by the rest of the gang in the original. What one hopes to find out soon is how the new entries, Kubra Khan and Mawra Hocane come into play and whether Omer has more to offer than eye-candy? We’ll have to wait and find out. JPNA 2 releases worldwide on Eidul Azha 2018.

Monday, 27 November 2017

No one can just become ‘Meera’, it takes years of struggle: Meera

LAHORE: Renowned Lollywood actor Meera revealed that she will soon be among the top heroines of Pakistan. She said that she’s working on bigger projects now and a Karachi-based film director has cast her in a film which will serve as a breakthrough for her career. She also added that all the female actors now are trying to be like her, making her their ideal.

Meera started working in showbiz about a decade ago. However, she has been inactive due to marriage-related court cases. The actor had filed a lawsuit seeking orders to restrain her self-proclaimed husband from calling her his wife. She stated that it took nine years for the court to finally issue a verdict in her case of jactitation of marriage.

“I never said I was leaving the film industry. I was doing other projects and also worked in Bollywood films as the industry here was in crisis at that time. I always give priority to quality work and I’ve been lucky with what I’ve done so far. I am now very excited to begin shooting for my next film in Karachi,” the Salakhain actor told The Express Tribune. She is very enthusiastic to about rebooting her film career which is why she recently made a guest appearance in a Lahore based film too.

When questioned on her favourite director in the industry right now, Meera replied, “There are many talented people in the film business and I really admire Ho Mann Jahaan’s director Asim Raza. His work has been very impressive and I feel that he is amongst the best directors in Lollywood right now. It will be an honour for me to work with him.” She further added, “I am hopeful that with new people entering Pakistani cinema, the industry will flourish and be known to the rest of the world.”

The actor continued, “I’ve earned fame only on the basis of hard work and talent. I advise all girls in the industry to be a 100% dedicated to working hard. No one can become ‘Meera’ after starring in a few movies, it takes years of struggle.” “I made a good name for myself and did all sorts of roles, both in Urdu and Punjabi films. I don’t believe there is any competition for me in Lollywood. I don’t compare myself with other actors because I like to focus on positivity, honesty and commitment,” explained Meera.

When asked about the kind of films she wants to do now, Meera quoted, “Currently, I feel that I should do a comedy movie. I want to impress my fans with my acting skills once again and I think doing a comedy flick will help me accomplish that.” Civil court issues arrest warrants for Meera She also claimed, “I think everyone experiences hardships and difficulties but that does not mean that one should give up. I didn’t leave the industry during difficult times, like many others did, and I think that makes me a very strong woman.” With all the rumours and ups-and-downs, Meera has managed to stand her ground and we wish her nothing but the best for her upcoming projects.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Final release date of 'Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2' revealed

Behold! The next installment of the audience-favourite Jawani Phir Nahi Ani has just announced its release date. The film comes out on Eidul Azha next year and we cannot help but swoon over how dapper all the men look.

Cast members of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA2), which include Ahmed Ali Butt and Humayun Saeed, have begun filming in Istanbul. Fahad Mustafa will be seen replacing Hamza Ali Abbasi in the sequel. Other cast members include Vasay Chaudhry, Uzma Khan, Sarwat Gilani and further additions comprise Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan.

Parts of the movie will be shot in Turkey while some portions will later also be filmed in Dubai.

There were earlier reports that Rishi Kapoor was offered a role in the movie which he politely turned down. Syra Shehroz was also offered a part in JPNA2 – however, she also refused saying that her role wasn’t “substantial” enough.

 The first chapter of the movie was adored by Pakistani audiences worldwide while some movie-goers also criticised it for its vulgarity. This was reportedly one of the reasons Hamza Ali Abbasi backed out from the sequel.

While the first look of the men is out, we’re now anxious to see the beautiful ladies.

Friday, 24 November 2017

'Chupan Chupai' aims to encourage young talent in Pakistan

KARACHI: 2017 has been the year of many entertaining films. From the multi-starrer like Punjab Nahi Jaungi to Mahira Khan’s controversial Verna, the Pakistani cinema is surely making itself known to the rest of the world. With the year coming to an end a lot of films are set to be released, namely Rangreza, Arth 2 and Parchi, now with the latest addition of Chupan Chupai.

The comedy-thriller unveiled its poster earlier this week with a scheduled release date of December 29 while the trailer was launched last night at Nueplex Cinemas.

The red carpet event brought forth the cast of the film, which includes names of senior actors like Rehan Sheikh, Sakina Samo and the iconic Talat Hussain. Faizan Khawaja, Adnan Jaffar and graduates of Napa make up the rest of the cast while Ahsan Khan and Neelum Muneer take the lead. Ray Khan and Zayed Sheikh, a Napa graduate, make their production debut with Chupan Chupai. Fellow graduate, Mohsin Ali who was earlier a part of Wrong No. makes his directional debut with this film. Javed Sheikh, one of the biggest names in the industry is also a part of Chupan Chupai but producers did not want to disclose a lot about him in the trailer as he comes as a surprise element.

The producers revealed that it was very challenging for them in the beginning to make this film.”Distribution is probably the most difficult part while creating a film because not a lot of people are willing to trust you since you are new in the industry,” said the producers. Once filming begun, their biggest challenge was making sure that all the 53 different locations and 20 major characters in the film get to fulfill their purpose on screen. They were thankful that the entire cast trusted them with their vision.

Mohsin when questioned on why he is so adamant on working in comedy movies said, “I think there is nothing better than comedy that we can give to our citizens. Comedy is a very strong genre in our country and what’s better than making our people laugh.” He also revealed, “I couldn’t queue ‘action’ when it was Talat saab’s first day on set as he was my teacher back at Napa. But he explained that I should forget about the student-teacher relationship on set and ask from him whatever he would ask from any other actor.”

Ahsan, the lead actor explained that he was very quick to finish the script and that is primarily what made him choose this film. He further added that Chupan Chupai is a mix of Golmaal, Na Maloom Afraad and The Hangover. Ahsan is known for doing meaningful projects like Udaari and standing up for issues in the society and this film does that. “Chupan Chupai is firstly entertaining, however, it also focuses on unemployment in the country and how people in our society resort to other means to earn a living,” stated the Mausam actor.

“Moreover, I feel that we newcomers in the industry should be treated better than the rest because it’ll encourage them and help take Pakistani cinema to new heights. I request everyone to please not judge them and give them a fair chance to prove their worth in the industry,” said Ahsan. He also revealed that he has signed another film titled Rehbra which is rumoured to be alongside Ayesha Omar.

Talat explained, “The film is very entertaining but it also touches on the different social issues in the country. The film will make you laugh and but also help you recognise the flaws in our society. I believe that it is one of the best ways art can cater to Pakistani community. I am so proud that my students are taking this step and making meaningful contributions to the industry.”

Rehan also claimed that working with his students from Napa felt like “passing on the mantle.”

The trailer shows five characters who set on a quest to earn some cash through unconventional means. They hit a rough patch after kidnapping the minister’s son which lands them in a game of hide-and-seek with the antagonist, Chaudhry – perfectly titled Chupan Chupai. It also hints at a romance between Ahsan and Neelum who play Babu and Pari, respectively. Full of epic one-liners and a police chase, we’re hoping Chupan Chupai proves to be a complete entertainment package.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

'Verna' update: Censors awaiting official request for second review from Shoaib Mansoor

LAHORE : The Islamabad Film and Censor Board is currently awaiting an official application from Verna’s director Shoaib Mansoor as they require him to submit a formal request to go ahead with a second review of his upcoming film.

The administrators believe this to be necessary according to the Board’s policies. As of yet, no one has been in touch with them regarding a second screening process and until this is done, they have refused to issue a censor certificate – even though the Lahore and Karachi Boards have allowed its display.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Lahore premier of the film was also cancelled due to the non-issue of the certificate. There was great uproar from the public, especially non-government organisations who support women in the society.

 “We are not concerned with what other censor boards are doing with this film. If they want the film to release in Punjab, its producer will need to get a censor certificate from us by way of a written application,” stated an official of the board.

 They continued, “We have not received any such application. There are many reasons as to why the objections have ascended. Firstly, it shows a governor’s son involved in a rape case – which was the biggest objection. Secondly, it includes many bold dialogues and scenes. The general plot of the movie revolves around rape, which we consider to be unacceptable.”

“However, we have not announced a ban. We are ready to review the film in the presence of Chairman Madam Zarqa and all the members,” said a senior board member. The film’s cast members, mainly Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid, have been very busy promoting Verna around Pakistan.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Jami's 'Moor' now available on Netflix!

Jami's Moor released on 14th August 2015 and proved to be a true treat for all cinema lovers, and if you haven't watched it yet, this is your chance to watch it now on Netflix.

Yep, you heard that right. Moor now joins the official list of Pakistani movies available on Netflix after the likes of Na Maloom Afraad, Ho Mann Jahan, Waar and others. Moor, an amazing story that revolves around around a headmaster, his dead wife and a son and talks about the era of decline of railway in Balochistan, is an interesting watch and has garnered appreciation from all over the world.

Breathing life into the reviving film industry, Moor captured the beauty of Balochistan amongst a roller coaster ride of emotions. The film with its powerhouse performers Shaz Khan, Sonya Hussyn, Samiya Mumtaz and Ayaz Samoo impressed critics and viewers alike, not only in Pakistan but around the globe, making the film a recipient of international recognition awards at various film festivals.

Moor’s producer Nadeem Mandviwalla announced the news on his social media, followed by Shaz Khan, the lead actor in the movie.

So all those who have missed watching Moor in the cinemas, here is your chance to watch one of the perfect’s by Jami.

Shaan Shahid takes the final spell of Zarrar to Turkey

While Arth- the destination is all set for a December release, Shaan Shahid is busy shooting for the final spell of his next movie Zarrar in the gorgeous locations of Turkey.

Zarrar- The Lone Shadow, is an action packed, fast paced thriller based on the life of a spy and the constant contributions of our intelligence agencies for the safety of the homeland. According to sources, Zarrar will focus on a conspiracy not just action and thrills.

Zarrar, with its fair share of action to rival any high end Hollywood flick, is wrapping up its final spell in Turkey. The film has been shot in extreme locations across Pakistan, London, Afghan border and now Turkey.

With the amount of dedication and hardwork that has gone into Zarrar, the film will surely live up to expectations of Pakistan's first real action movie and will perhaps give Hollywood action flicks a run for their money as well.

‘Power Di Game’: Mahira Khan looks angry – and we love it

KARACHI: Verna’s official rap music video, Power Di Game, just came out and we’re falling more in love with Mahira Khan in the angry, young woman avatar (and yes, she is also changing the derogative of only men being allowed to be young and angry). The video was released by Patari Music and let’s just start by saying that Mahira looks like she could beat anyone in a fight.

The video teases us a little more about Verna’s story and it looks like Mahira and Haroon Shahid’s romance, as seen in the trailer, is short lived. The on-screen couple is seen playing the classic game of chess and it looks like Haroon might just be getting owned by Mahira, the invincible.

Seems like X Polymer Dar, the mastermind behind this rap song, has truly captured the emotions of the film’s characters in this song. The lyrics, the beat and the visuals are on par with each other.

Whether you’re a character in a film or a Twitterati, this video surely proves that you don’t want to mess with Mahira.

The film will be released worldwide on November 17. Watch the latest music video here:

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Day one on the sets of ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2’

KARACHI: Cast members of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA2), which include Ahmed Ali Butt and Humayun Saeed, have marked the film’s first day of shoot. Replacing Hamza Ali Abbasi in the movie, Fahad Mustafa also shared on Instagram that he’s filming for JPNA2 in Istanbul.

The current cast of JPNA2 comprises Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmed Ali Butt, Uzma Khan, Sarwat Gilani from the first installment, with new additions: Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan.

Parts of the movie will be shot in Turkey while some portions will also be filmed in Dubai.

There were earlier reports that Rishi Kapoor was offered a role in the movie which he politely turned down. Syra Shehroz was also offered a part in JPNA2 – however, she also refused saying that her role wasn’t “substantial” enough.

The first chapter of the movie was adored by Pakistani audiences worldwide while some movie-goers also criticised it for its vulgarity – as did Hamza Ali Abbasi who stated that the movie would’ve done well without an item number too so there wasn’t a need to include it.

The movie is set to release sometime next year and we’re anxious to see what this star-studded cast has in store for us this time around.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Revival of Pakistani film industry leaving veteran actors behind

LAHORE: The revival of Lollywood has been underway for a while and those within the industry are eager to invest in its future. Due to this, numerous modern cinemas are also being constructed across Pakistan. However, regardless of this, some veteran actors are unable still to find work anywhere.

Big names such as Babar Ali, Meera, Saud, Ajab Gul, Afzal Khan aka Rambo, Jia Ali, Madiha Shah, Laila and Nirma have not had any opportunities for work in months and are suffering due to this. Although many of them have managed to bag short roles in theatres and dramas, it seems like there is no space for them in the newfangled Pakistani film industry.

“It’s true that single screen and traditional cinemas are suffering because of the Pakistani film industry but it’s the old actors who seem to have the most grief. Two decades ago, no one would have ever thought that such big stars would find themselves to be out of work like this.” Senior Lyricist Altaf Bajwa told The Express Tribune.

“For the last six years, the film industry has seen a massive improvement. With modern technology, new faces and apprehending subjects, the tastes and priorities of our audience seem to have changed completely. When viewers have the likes of Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Fahad Mustafa, Mahira Khan and Mehwish Hayat, who would want to see older faces?” Bajwa questioned.

Director Sarwer Shah went on to speak about the lack of actual film actors within the modern day film industry. “Although Pakistan is enriched with talent and there are many new faces emerging on the big screen, the actors that are currently dominating the film industry are not purely film actors. Most of them are stars from TV shows.

 He continued, “This is why a lot of the new films have a tele film aspect. We have numerous film actors currently waiting for the right opportunity and soon, the time will come when these artists will get back into the film industry. It will be the era of feature films in Pakistan.” Nazar actor Meera went on to elaborate on the current situation for older actors even further. “These jobless artists are our country’s assets. It’s because of them that we have been able to dominate in the past and it’s not right for them to suffer. I hope to see them flourish in the near future.”

She went on to speak about the lack of opportunities. “They are trying to make ends meet by doing small, private gigs but I know they are waiting for better opportunities. This kind of thing doesn’t happen in other film industries – older artists are not ignored,” Meera stated.

 “Many great actors of the past still appear in Hollywood and Bollywood movies because people of those industries obviously understand their importance; they still have respect for their seniors. It’s such a shame that we don’t see the same kind of admiration here in Lollywood,” she concluded.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Ayesha Omer and Hina Dilpazeer officially join the cast of Saat Din Mohabbat In

Dawn Film and IMGC’s upcoming movie, Saat Din Mohabbat In has proudly added to its star studded cast Ayesha Omer, renowned actress and host, and Hina Dilpazeer, famous actress and comedian are the recent additions.
SDMI is scripted by Fasih Bari Khan, directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, is the story of a young man on the quest for his true love. The movie stars Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar are in lead roles while the rest of the cast includes Javed Sheikh, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Aamir Qureshi and Adnan ShahTipu.
“I said yes to the movie as soon as I read the script. I absolutely loved the concept of the movie as it is a complete entertainer with a pinch of both comedy and romance” said Ayesha Omer.
Hina Dilpazeer also shared her enthusiasm in her role in Saat Din Mohabbat In “I have always believed in taking up roles that can connect with the masses whether it is comedy or some other genre. This is my second film with Meenu and Farjad, I feel the audiences will love its unique storyline.”
The movie is being distributed by IMGC Global.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Khuda Kay Liye Bol Verna… Shoaib sahab ajayenge: Mahira Khan

KARACHI: November 17 marks the release date of one of the most anticipated Pakistani films in 2017, Verna. Along with it having Mahira Khan’s star power, Verna also marks the return of the showman Shoaib Mansoor in the director’s chair after six years. With so many expectations from the film, The Express Tribune sat down with its two leads, singer-actor debutant Haroon Shahid and Mahira.

Interestingly, Mahira shared she has always been nervous, whether it’s before a shot, or when her film’s poster and trailer are released. “I always find something wrong and think it could’ve been better. I think this film particularly has a lot of expectations because of me,” she said. “They are not calling it just a Shoaib Mansoor film, they’re calling it a Mahira Khan film too. And after the first poster and teaser, I freaked out. I will be disappointed if people are a bit lukewarm about Verna.”

While we wait to see how the film fares, it’s important to consider how the local film industry has evolved since Mansoor last made a film. Nowadays, film-makers and the audience alike incline toward social messages wrapped in an entertainment package. Verna, for many, would be a full-blown intense thriller.

Mahira believes whatever the genre or the mood, good content wins. “There have been films which have great content and didn’t work on the box office, but only because the audience wasn’t ready for them. Yet, they later on become cult classics. And then there are expensive films with mediocre content and they have flopped too. So, I believe Verna is still a relatively commercial film, and people are definitely ready for it.

” In Verna, Khan joins two new actors Shahid, and Naimal Khawar. As a debutant, Shahid praised Mahira for the energy she brought to the set. “You, as an actor, always bring an energy with you on set. And there was a set without Mahira and there was a set with Mahira. And with Mahira, I felt there was somebody for me to get feedback from. For now, I learned it was all about being in the moment in acting.”

The Symt frontman also compared acting to being in a band. “Acting is like being in a band, you know. Every time you’re on the set, you’re with your band and you have to be comfortable and be able to talk to that other person so that you can create something. And I am lucky that I get along with Mahira and everyone and can talk to them about anything.”

When asked as to why he thought Mansoor cast him instead of going for a trained actor, he said, “I have learned that Shoaib Mansoor feels if a person is good to talk to, he can act well too because he wants to keep it natural. Basically, he picks up personalities, he doesn’t choose actors.”

 Adding on the point, Khan said, “Shoaib sahab likes musicians and he very strongly believed that the character Aami looked just like Haroon. Secondly, he likes people very rarely and I think he likes Haroon. I also like to believe he likes me too.”

Mansoor’s previous films, Khuda Ke Liye and Bol, were a major catalyst in giving birth to the modern Pakistani cinema. Asked how she would complete the sentence ‘Khuda Ke Liye Bol Verna…”, Mahira said, “Khuda Ke Liye Bol Verna… Shoaib sahab ajayenge. I think this would be the title of his next film ‘Shoaib sahab ajayenge’, because you know, he’s like Mr India. He’s good at disguise. You never know where he is.”

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Verna's latest track 'Khushi Ki Baat' shows a distraught Mahira Khan

Tragedy has struck and the couple is estranged - Verna's latest song is out and it's giving us the jitters.

A far cry from the previous track, 'Khushi Ki Baat' follows the bad blood between Mahira Khan and Haroon Shahid as they cope with their (troubled) situation. Though we don't know what it is that leads to their fallout, but it's grave and it's haunting.

Mahira seems visibly shaken and distressed and you can sense her emotions in the powerful scenes in the music video. Haroon, on the other hand, is seen as more pensive and mournful.

 'Khushi Ki Baat' has been written and composed by Shoaib Mansoor and sung by Richie Robinson and Zeb.

Verna comes out on November 17.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

2nd teaser alert: 'Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor' is undoubtedly Disney/Pixar level

Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is Pakistan’s answer to all Pixar and Disney animated movies in Hollywood. The upcoming Pakistani animated film just released its second teaser and we are just as impressed as we were with the first one – if not more!

The 22-second teaser comprises fine quality animation anchoraged in an indigenised story-line and localised characters, making it a definite seller.

The movie surely seems to promise a new bench mark for films in this genre in terms of quality and aesthetics.

Whether the plot and the characters are just as gripping as the visuals of the teaser is something only time will tell.

Previously talking to The Express Tribune, the director of the movie, Uzair Zaheer Khan explained the idea of the film.

Khan didn’t quite go into specifics, thus building more curiosity for the film. “Allahyar is a young Pakistani boy from the north, who has ideals and ambitions that get challenged when he’s thrown into an adventure where he discovers a world he never knew existed.”

We can’t wait for this movie to hit the screens!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Upcoming film Maula Jatt's cast and crew accused of copyright violations

Waar director Bilal Lashari's Maula Jatt is one film that has kept everyone on their toes; the latest twist being that the makers of the original 1979 Maula Jatt have accused Lashari and his team of copyrights violations.

Speaking to Images, director and producer Muhammad Sarwer Bhatti accused Lashari and veteran writer Nasir Adeeb of "misleading" him, saying the rights to recreate Maula Jatt were never sold.

In the notice, Bhatti warns the star cast, which includes Mahira Khan, Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi and Humaima Malik to "stay away from this project and announce [their] dissociation with illegal film [in the] making as soon as possible.

"You are blessed with a good reputation in the respective field and the team who is reproducing this film illegally is not concerned about your reputation but we believe you must take care of your own reputation if no one else is doing so," the letters further read.

Bhatti further claimed that when he heard the news about Lashari "remaking Maula Jatt", he approached the Waar director who reassured him that his next venture isn't a Maula Jatt recreation.

The veteran producer quoted Lashari's social media post where he had said his upcoming feature is neither Maula Jatt 2, nor a sequel of the cult classic, nor a remake of it either.

 "So in good faith, I decided to let the matter go," Bhatti told Images.

However, the veteran filmmaker then came across an interview of the accused on a news channel in which Bilal says he is working on his second film, "titled Maula Jatt".

Bhatti then took up the matter with Kamran Lashari, Bilal Lashari's father and prominent civil servant, informing him of the alleged copyright violations and asking him to guide the budding filmmaker in the matter.

"They were supposed to meet me on the issue. But that meeting never happened," Bhatti said. "Instead, I see an article in The Express Tribune that said Maula Jatt rights have been sold to Bilal Lashari and Ammara Hikmat."

"This is blatant violation of the copyright law," Bhatti claimed, adding the veteran writer of Maula Jatt Nasir Adeeb doesn't own the rights so he cannot sell them either.

"It is my legacy, my pride. I will do everything to punish him," Bhatti added, saying the producer has the complete ownership of copyrights.

Bhatti's son, Mohammed Muttaqi and CEO of Bahoo Films Corporation, said, "It is just a way of falsely satisfying themselves and the people who are working with them."

 When asked about copyrights certificates proving his claim, Bhatti said he will share them as and when needed, especially once the legal proceedings advance.

On the other hand, sources close to the film told Images none of the actors or crew have received any legal notices. If and when they do, they will act accordingly.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Rape is one of the ugliest forms of crimes against women in Pakistan: 'Verna' director Shoaib Mansoor

Mahira Khan is all set to play the protagonist in Shoaib Mansoor’s upcoming venture, Verna, where she will likely play the victim of sexual abuse. Mansoor has also helmed Khuda Kay Liye and Bol – and all of them impart a social message.

The critically acclaimed director has always raised his voice against the injustice in the society, and his films are living, breathing proof of it. Talking about his latest movie, Verna, which deals with the issue of sexual abuse and rape, the director took to social media to give his two cents on the matter – and we are moved.

Shoaib recently penned down a note on Facebook and wrote, “Rape is one of the most prevalent and ugly forms of crimes against women in Pakistan.”

“Although the women’s movement has tried to grapple with this scourge and worked with the law makers as well as the law enforcing agencies, the mindset of the society remains the biggest challenge that needs to be tackled,” he wrote.

 Stating the statistics, Shoaib said, “According to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, one woman is raped in Pakistan every two hours. Globally Pakistan has been ranked third from the bottom as the most dangerous country for women in the world.

” He went on to write, “A substantive push is needed to show clearly how rape is used as a tool by powerful in the society to humiliate and invoke fear among the vulnerable. All this happens in the context of patriarchy where the bodies of women have become the battle ground for men to fight their battles of honor, power and revenge.”

Talking about the Mahira starrer, “With the thought that a feature film on this sensitive issue can make more impact than years of struggle through smaller interventions on TV or by NGOs, I have made this effort and named it Verna.

“I have chained all my three films together since all deal with women empowerment… ‘Khuda Kay Liye Bol Verna’. I sincerely hope it will not only spark off the process of shifting people’s patriarchal mindsets but will rejuvenate the movement against this crime,” he wrote.

“Most of all I hope that it will at least make women reflect that rape does not rob them of ‘honor’, it is something they earn and no one can snatch it away from them,” added the director.

“Things happening around me bother and hence I am forced by my conscience to take them on. My films reflect the anger that I feel on social injustice of all forms. So every time I am about to embark on a film it is my anger that drives my movement of thoughts not the hunger for success and money,” he further said.

“It doesn’t mean that I have a thing against films based on pure entertainment. Not at all. By all means they should be made and succeed and I have all the due respect for their makers. I am happy at the recent success of Punjab Nahi Jaungi and Na Maloom Afraad 2 and wish success to all other that are in line to hit the screen. We need these films to rejuvenate the industry in our country. But we also need some to say something thought provoking. I hope I am provoking some thought,” he concluded.

Verna is all set to hit the screens on November 17. The movie also stars Haroon Shahid and Zarrar Khan in titular roles.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

I rejected 'Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2' because my role was not substantial: Syra Shehroz

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 (JPNA2) is expected to be the Pakistani blockbuster film of 2018, following the steps of its prequel. The film has been in the news because of its star-studded cast. Humayun Saeed, Vasay Chaudhry and Ahmed Ali Butt will continue on with their roles in the upcoming sequel while Fahad Mustafa will replace Hamza Ali Abbasi.

Earlier this month, the news of Syra Shehroz pairing up with the Actor In Law sensation Fahad Mustafa made headlines, but according to the latest buzz, Mawra Hocane has now signed up to essay a role in the much-awaited sequel – and there’s no sign of Syra.

 This obviously created some curiosity and The Express Tribune exclusively spoke to Syra to get to the bottom of the matter.

The Mere Naseeb starlet also stated, “Nadeem Baig is one of the finest directors we have in the Pakistani film industry, but the role I was offered didn’t amount to what I had in mind, so I politely declined and told Nadeem bhai that I won’t be doing this role in JPNA2″

But Syra was quick to add, “Nadeem bhai and I will definitely be working together in the near future.

” Syra made her film debut this year with Chalay Thay Saath. Although the film did not fare well at the box office, her strong performance and superior acting prowess were critically acclaimed.

On the other hand, Syra’s film Project Ghazi has been put on hold due to technical faults.

JPNA2 will mark the Pakistani film debut of Mawra Hocane. She was previously in the news for a film alongside Umair Jaswal, but it got delayed or shelved due to unknow reasons.

The Sammi star will be pairing up with Fahad Mustafa for the first time in this upcoming flick. She made her film debut in Bollywood in 2016 with the movie Sanam Teri Kasam alongside Harshvardhan Rane, who also marked his debut with the film. Mawra was praised for her heartwarming performance in the emotional romance drama.

Earlier this month, Humayun Saeed and director Nadeem Baig visited Turkey for the recce of their upcoming film. It has now been decided that JPNA2 will be shot in Turkey for the most part and bits of it will be shot in Dubai.

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani released in Eidul Azha 2015. The movie featured an ensemble cast which comprised Humayun Saeed, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Vasay Chaudhry, Ahmed Ali Butt, Javed Sheikh, Ismail Tara, Ayesha Khan and Bushra Ansari.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Mawra Hocane joins cast of 'Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2'

KARACHI : Mawra Hocane is on a roll!

The Sammi starlet is all set to join the cast of the sequel of Humayun Saeed starrer Jawani Phir Nahi Aani.

The movie also stars Fahad Mustafa in a titular role. Previously, talking to Fifi Haroon, Saeed revealed that the shooting of the movie will start from next month in Turkey. The cast will also be shooting a portion of the movie in Dubai.

The news come after Mawra signed a pre-partition drama Aangan. Ahsan Khan has also reportedly been roped in for the same show.

A little birdie also tells us that this upcoming venture will be made on a massive scale, deeming it one of the most expensive TV productions to date. Expect a larger-than-life set that will make the project all the more believable.

Previously, it was reported that Rishi Kapoor was also offered a role in the movie. The actor later turned down an offer to star in Jawani Phir Nahi Ani sequel. Rishi revealed the main reason behind his refusal.

The Kapoor & Sons actor said he wouldn’t work in Pakistani films because his “country won’t like him to do it.”

“Recently, I was approached for a Pakistani film; it was the sequel to one of their biggest hits. I heard the story and found it interesting. Now, of course, it is not possible to act in it. The situation was ironic,” Rishi was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Rangreza's first poster is finally out and it's brimming with romance and mischief

Strongly moving towards its release at the end of this year, the highly anticipated movie Rangreza finally released its aesthetically powerful poster. The poster shows the main cast of the movie, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Gohar Rasheed as depicted in their roles. It’s a portrayal of various emotions displayed by the actors – love, hurt and even mischief. And it definitely has us excited!

Following Janaan’s widest release for a Pakistani film internationally, Rangreza is now set to break a new record number of countries as part of its worldwide distribution strategy, establishing a whole new benchmark for Pakistani cinema on a global platform, stated a press release.

Making one of the most expensive Pakistani film productions to date, Rangreza is a musical romance directed by Aamir Mohiuddin, featuring Gohar Rasheed, Bilal Ashraf, Urwa Hocane and Saleem Miraj in the principal cast.

Musical legend, Abida Parveen, features prominently on the sound tracks, composed by the film’s writer, Akhtar Qayyum. The film is presented by Vision Art Films, Usman Malkani Films, Distribution Club (PVT) Ltd, Munir Hussain Films UK and Pepe’s Piri Piri and will be distributed worldwide by B4U Motion Pictures.

Munir Hussain, Head of Munir Hussain Film UK says, “I’m very excited to bring another highly anticipated film, which will showcase the growing strength of Pakistani cinema. We have some creative plans in place for the release and we are grateful to Mr. Sunil Shah and B4U for their excellent support and guidance.

” Director Aamir Mohiuddin also shared his thoughts, “Rangreza is a movie that will touch millions of hearts. The entire team has put in their best and this will be another significant milestone for the Pakistani cinema.”

Sunil Shah, Head of Film Division, B4U Motion Pictures expressed, “ We are delighted to be further commenting our great partnership with Munir Hussain Films UK with the release of Rangreza, following unprecedented success of our previous outing together, Janaan.

” He continued, “Munir Hussain has such a pioneering and passionate vision for Pakistani cinema on a global platform and we are honoured to be jointly taking Pakistani cinema to another level with Rangreza, across a record number of international territories.

Pakistan goes Pixar-esque with ‘Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor’

A couple of months ago, the teaser of a Pakistani animated film Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor went viral. With picturesque views and the eventual “Pixar-esque” introduction of our character Allahyar caught everyone’s attention as to how much Pakistani animation has progressed and whether Allahyar will break any new grounds at all.

A couple of months ago, the teaser of a Pakistani animated film Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor went viral. With picturesque views and the eventual “Pixar-esque” introduction of our character Allahyar caught everyone’s attention as to how much Pakistani animation has progressed and whether Allahyar will break any new grounds at all.

The Express Tribune spoke with director Uzair Zaheer Khan about the upcoming film, which is intended for winter release. What many may not know is Khan was also involved with the acclaimed Burka Avenger series as well. And it’ll interesting to see how his visual language and style has evolved with Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor.

Explaining the idea of the film, Khan didn’t quite go into specifics, thus building more curiosity for the film. “Allahyar is a young Pakistani boy from the north, who has ideals and ambitions that get challenged when he’s thrown into an adventure where he discovers a world he never knew existed,” he said, adding that Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is a coming-of-age story with a wildlife conservation theme.

He said that the aim was to make a film that’s entertaining, meaningful, and caters to the local audiences in terms of language, culture and values.

 The cast of the film includes Ali Noor, Natasha Humaira Ejaz, Anam Zaidi and Azfar Jafri. With a ‘very-musical’ cast, the film is bound to have multiple songs. Khan confirmed, saying “The songs in the film have been composed and produced through partnerships between Ahmed Ali and artists like (Ali) Noor and (Natasha Humaira) Ejaz. We make sure that the message is embedded within the entertainment and not delivered on the nose.

Khan’s previous outing Burka Avenger had a distinct visual style with striking color palettes. As to how Allahyar will be different from that, when it comes to world building and treatment, Khan said, the tv series was very stylised and designed with requirements and constraints of the project in mind. “With Burka Avenger I wanted to set a local benchmark for animated series. Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is a feature film and therefore requires a much higher production value,” he said. “As we aspire to eventually compete in the international market with our consecutive films, we’ve tried to deliver top quality, while keeping the cost of production at par with local live action films.

” While giving importance to style, the team hasn’t forgotten about the substance either. Where Burka Avenger had a social message about women’s rights and education, (as Khan mentioned earlier) Allahyar will highlight with wildlife conservation. The director believes animation is the perfect medium for that. “Animation is a powerful medium. We feel it is incumbent on us that through our film, along with a full dose of entertainment, we try to bring about positive change.

” Whether Allahyar is going to set a new benchmark when it comes to Pakistani animated films or not remains to be seen, but for now, Khan is clearly confident about the film. “We are looking forward to making Pakistanis proud of what we’ve achieved here with this film,” he said.

Friday, 6 October 2017

'Na Maloom Afraad 2' banned in Punjab due to 'inappropriate content'

After five weeks and collecting more than Rs100 million at the box office, the Fahad Mustafa-starrer Na Maloom Afraad 2 has been banned in Punjab.

The reason has been cited as the film’s inappropriate and ‘obscene’ content.

 None of the stakeholders were available to comment on the situation, except the film’s producer Fizza Ali Meerza.

 “I don’t understand why they came up with an excuse to ban the film five weeks after its release,” Meerza told The Express Tribune.

As to how the issue was triggered, she stated, “Some random newspaper in Lahore with no credibility or readership wrote that the film has vulgar and inappropriate scenes. It’s sad because now this isn’t just about this film. Now if anyone thinks there is something wrong with any film, will they pull it off the screens just like that?”

She continued, “I find it difficult because they have done it before too and I think we are in the wrong business now.”

While she was disappointed with the sudden ban, Meerza said they will not back down. “Yes, we will fight back. We are not going to stay quiet because this affects our industry as a whole too. We will get the Na Maloom Afraad 2 back in the cinemas.”

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Praises pour in for Mahira Khan after Verna's teaser release

Mahira Khan has been completely mum about the entire Ranbir Kapoor and the viral pictures fiasco. The lady seemed to have vanished off social media for good. But yesterday she made a powerful comeback with her Power Di Game.

Mahira Khan's upcoming film Verna, saw its teaser released yesterday and what a powerful re-entry on the mainstream it marked for Mahira. The teaser came across as a message that Mahira Khan was indestructive and not to be messed with at all.

The teaser showed a fierce side of the actress, something which we have never seen before. And we're very much glad we'll get to see Mahira in an avatar the lady has not taken up ever before.

With us in awe of the thirty second teaser; what was heartening, was to see was Mahira's friends and of course the industry taking to social media to compliment the star on such an impressive glimpse in to her upcoming movie, directed by Shoaib Mansoor.

Now that the teaser of Verna has been released, we cant wait to see the movie on November 17th 2017 where Mahira Khan is essaying a role she has never done before. We loved it, but what did you think of Mahira Khan in the teaser?

Do share your thoughts with us in the comment box below.

Monday, 2 October 2017

"Main tou Punjab hoker aagai" The Punjab Nahi Jaungi fever hits Shaniera Akram!

The Punjab Nahi Jaungi fever refuses to die. The film has become the highest grosser of the year domestically and has still been earning crazy revenues overseas. The craze is far from dying out just yet and the latest celebrity to have been bit by the Punjab Nahi Jaungi bug happens to be none other than our National Bhabhi, Shaniera Akram.

On a recent trip to Punjab, Shaniera Akram shared a beautiful picture of hers amongst green fields and tweeted, "Main tou Punjab hoker aagai"

What made the picture even more likable was the fact that Bhabhi used Urdu to express her feelings with #PunjabNahiJaungi. And of course Khagga sahab picked up the tweet and gave an adorable reply.

So, as sweet as he is, Humayun Saeed, our very own Khagga Sahab, promised he'll be having them over soon for a special screening perhaps.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

'Azaadi' is all set to hit the big screen this November

With the revival of cinema, it is good to see people be enthusiastic for our local movies exactly as they would be for a Hollywood or a Bollywood release. This is exactly how we felt when we saw the trailer of Sonya Hussyn and Moammer Rana starrer movie Azaadi. Since then we've been eagerly waiting for its release date. Well guys the wait on that is finally over and we couldn't be more thrilled!

A Pervez Malik Film and an ARY Films product, Azaadi is all set to release this year in November, and with the poster looking quite sleek, we got in touch with Sonya Hussyn, to ask how proud she is of the movie.

"I have invested a lot of myself for Azaadi and it's been a worthwhile journey. Like I have said repeatedly, I am very proud of the message of the film and what it tries to convey. It is a very honest homage to Pakistan and its armed forces but what excites me the most is how inspirational my character is going to be for the young girls".

"It was only natural for a film as huge as Azaadi to delay slightly as there are a lot of aspects that come into consideration since a lot of action is involved. Also the post-production needed due attention and I have dubbed for most of the film and it looks amazing. Our cinematographer, Ben (Jasper) is truly gifted."

With Sonya quite content and looking forward to Azaadi, we also got in touch with the producer of the movie, Irfan Malik and asked him what took him so long to set a release date, considering the teaser came out back in February.

"Normally it takes almost a year to complete a film like this one as the team had to travel to the remotest areas to capture authentic locations, but it surely was worth the effort. I didn't want to give out an official release date and then change it later like many films have done as It takes away from the credibility of the film I feel. So I waited to complete sequences that had 'difficult' written all over them and Alhamdulillah we are on track now with one song and some action sequences remaining to be shot in August/September and post production running parallel."

With the final touches being added in full swing, Azaadi has our full attention as it is about a man, played by the legendary actor Nadeem Baig, who has dreamt his entire life for the freedom of Kashmiris. The film is commemorating the struggle for Kashmir.

With Moammer Rana bringing with him that cinematic appeal and Bang Bang famed Ben Jasper behind cinematography, we look forward to watching the movie soon. We will also see Javed Sheikh, Maryam Ansari, Ali Fateh, Samama, Waseem, Erum and Ali Bilal to name a few.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

'Chalay Thay Saath' is all set for its US debut on October 5th!

Chalay Thay Saath features a road trip, taking your through the beautiful landscapes of northern Pakistan and then it introduces us to 4 friends, travelling together. The journey through the mountains is one that leads all of them to finding themselves, discovering love and the true meaning of friendship and relations.

The romantic-drama directed by Umer Adil, written by Atiya Zaidi and produced by Beenish Umer and Umer Adil features Kent S Leung, Syra Shahroz, Behroz Sabzwari, Zhalay Sarhadi, Mansha Pasha, Osama Tahir, Faris Khalid, Shamim Hilaly and Sherbaz Kaleem in prominent roles.

From aesthetically pleasing visuals to the crackling chemistry between Syra and Lent, CTS has a lot to offer. It's not only a story about a road trip but involves a lot of emotions, drama and a lifetime of life altering decisions all in one.

Chalay Thay Saath was a coming of age film and it captured the essence of Pakistan's natural beauty perfectly. The film did well in the country and is now all set for its overseas premiere in the US. In collaboration with Radio Azaad, Chalay Thay Saath will be screened in Chicago on the 5th of October. The film will be shown at the at the Venetian Cinemas in Carrollton, Texas and have screenings in Edison NJ, San Jose CA, and Niles, Illinois from the 5th to the 11th of October.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Here's why the Mahira Khan starrer 'Verna' got delayed

Seems like there might be a reason altogether for Shoaib Mansoor's Mahira Khan starrer Verna getting delayed.
According to Gulf News, a local weekly in Pakistan was responsible behind the leaked plot line and one liner for the movie due to which the makers decided to re-shoot certain aspects for Verna, causing the delay.
Adding more to the story, Gulf News claims Shoaib Mansoor was rather upset with the entire team and made sure he gave everyone a piece of his mind, forbidding further discussions about the film directly to the media.
Speculations are being made about Shoaib Mansoor thinking about redoing Verna's climax as well; confirmation for which hasn't been received from the showman himself.