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.