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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.