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.