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    Zama Armaan (2013)


    Ta Sirf Zama Ye

    Rabia Butt’s ‘Hijrat’ to the big screen



    LAHORE:
    Two-time winner of the Lux Style Award for Best Model, dusky beauty Rabia Butt is now gearing up for the big screen. After stints in commercials and music videos, Rabia is set to star in Farooq Mengal’s debut film Hijrat.

    “Good things come to those who wait for the right time and opportunity,” says the model. “I accept a project when it seems right to me. I did have an idea that this might happen at some point, but I was not hunting for a role in a big film.”



    Hijrat, which marks Mengal’s directorial debut in Lollywood, is said to be a romantic drama that is placed in the backdrop of the Afghan War, where millions were rendered homeless. Rabia plays an Indian doctor named Jia, who works for rehabilitation centres set up for IDPs. She is happy that she’s debuting in the industry with a lead role. “The passion is fiery and we [the team of Hijrat] are determined to captivate the audience. No stones are being left unturned; now the success of the film depends on fate,” says the model-turned-actor. “Things solidified once I was ready to switch from the fashion industry to the mesmerising silver screen and the director was convinced that I would dazzle the audience,” she adds.

    Rabia admits that Hijrat is one of the most demanding projects she has been a part of. “All this hard work is a demand of my role, but I am sure it will pay off. I am really excited about all the upcoming projects in the industry and foresee a sparkling revival of Lollywood.”
    She is optimistic about the Pakistani film industry’s future. “You know Lollywood is no more. I don’t know what I should call this rebirth [of cinema] yet, but it seems good things are in the making,” she says.

    Mengal, a well-known name in the Pakistani television industry, has gone all out to make his film debut with a perfect mix of fresh faces and seasoned actors. Apart from Rabia, the film stars model Asad Zaman and actors Noman Ejaz, Ayub Khoso and Wiam Dahmani.
    “The first spell has been shot — what an enlightening experience it has been!” exclaims Rabia. “The silver screen is hungry for blood and sweat — it demands serious hard work, which means there was no slacking at all on our part.”

    Still a novice in acting, Rabia says she will not make hasty decisions in her acting career and will focus more on improving her craft. She adds that she’s being offered projects for acting and modelling, but tries to refrain from being easily impressed.


    When asked if she will take up offers from India, she says, “I will not bend over backwards to earn a role in Bollywood. I am staying true to my ideology and my craft. If things are meant to be in my favour, I will be handed whatever I deserve on a silver platter.”

    When asked why he chose Rabia, Mengal says that the unusual love story will show her in a different light. “I felt Rabia was perfect for the role and after auditioning her, it was clear in my mind that she suits the character well,” he adds.

    The director also expressed that he was committed to promoting new talent and that Zaman, who plays the lead role opposite Butt, was also making his debut. “We [film-makers] have to promote new talent in the industry. I think the two [Rabia and Zaman] will have strong on-screen chemistry and give powerful performances in the film.”

    The film, which is touted as a big-budget project, is expected to release between October and November, adding to the array of Pakistani films slated for this year. The teaser will be out this Eid.
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    Upcoming Chambaili’s OST sets the bar high

    March 27, 2013

    KARACHI: A film’s music is just as crucial as the script, the plot or the actors in it and, as we all know, some soundtracks are just better than the film itself. Catchy tunes alone can lure people into watching the movie at least once. It seems like the upcoming Pakistani indie film Chambaili will also gain fans with its original soundtrack (OST) before hitting the screens.
    From the golden days of Lollywood to present times, Pakistani film music has faded away. The symphonic sounds that were the conscious efforts of legends like Sohail Rana and Robin Ghosh seemed lost until recently, when the industry saw a pleasant change with Khuda Kay Liye and Bol songs.

    But Chambaili just set the bar higher with the release of its soundtrack, by using seasoned rock vocalists, as well as newer bands like Azal and Soch. Out of 12 featured songs and one recital, six will definitely grip you — either by the music or with the lyrics.

    While Najam Sheraz is the main music composer, a few solo artists and bands have also contributed, and the lyrics are by Shahzad Nawaz — also the producer of the film, along with Abdullah Kadwani.

    The album begins on a more spiritual note with not-so-catchy tunes but a vocally powerful qawalli by Amjad Sabri and Manan — the versatile vocalist formally introduced to us when he was featured with Mizmaar in Coke Studio. The next song Kyoun is one of the most impressive tracks of the album, written and composed by former Aaroh member Nabeel Nihal Chishti. The vocals are by the underrated rock singer Tanseer Ahmed Daar from Karavan.

    The Pakistani film music industry is rising with every new film release. PHOTO: FILE

    Get ready to blast your woofers with a signature song by Azal titled Inquilab. It is a powerful song with a commercial and Bollywood approach towards rock music. The lyrics might give you goose bumps as well as hope, considering the present situation of the country. Haakim is a slow track reflecting the plea of an oppressed nation. It’s a simple song; Sheraz has capabilities of doing much better than such a song. The next song Rang brings forward Sherry Raza, another vocalist with immense vocal dynamics; but Sheraz falls prey to a Bollywoodi-inspired arrangement and songwriting, which just seems unoriginal. The band Soch finally takes a leap forward after the catchy Uth Jawana and Bandeya with the song Khabar. The album ends with Maaz Khan’s unique vocals for the song Azaadi.

    To sum it up, the Chambaili OST album is worth the Rs100, especially in the pre-poll situation of the country. Two thumbs up for the young bands and solo artists who experimented with original ideas for their music. While Najam Sheraz fails to impress as composer and songwriter, Shahzad Nawaz is bang on target with the lyrics. By understanding the grave social realities of Pakistan and looking for a new dawn, Nawaz’s take on words oscillates somewhere between Faiz and Iqbal, which is an unlikely tag team but has worked in this ring called Chambaili.

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 28th, 2013.

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    Josh
    Spoiler alert: Josh - Desi superwoman takes on evil feudal


    Iram Parveen Bilal is a director of visuals and not actors.

    KARACHI: Iram Parveen Bilal’s Josh is an extension of what a theatre group called Tehrik-e-Niswan has been doing on stage for almost 30 years. If you ignore the clichés and the misleading usage of Iqbal’s poetry — words referring to the frailty of Muslims were uttered at the opening to set the tone for what turned out to be a human rights issue — the film has stunning visuals, a decent climax and some memorable performances.

    The story revolves around Fatima (Aaminah Sheikh), a well-to-do teacher in Karachi who lives with her estranged father. Having lost her mother at a young age, Fatima finds a friend in her loving and maternal nanny Nusrat Bi (Nyla Jafri), who has raised her.
    One day, Nusrat Bi is found dead in her village Khuda Ki Basti, which is owned by feudal lord Khan (Qaiser Nizamani). Fatima is shattered but suspects foul play, so she decides to investigate the matter.

    Here, the film turns into a detective story, with Fatima frequently visiting the village with the ease of a superwoman despite the presence of a dangerous landlord and thugs.


    Iram Parveen Bilal is a director of visuals and not actors.

    Stylistically, the film is a treat. Special mention needs to be made of cinematographer Nausheen Dadabhoy for capturing the true soul of rich and poor Karachi instrumentally.

    The crispness of the day shots compared to the more half-hearted execution in the night scenes, however, shows where her comfort zone is. Another shout out must be given to art director Mehnaz Diwan, who plays the pivotal role in making us believe in Khuda Ki Basti with her keen attention to detail.

    Now here’s the downside; the editing is lazy. The script is so weak that viewers may not recall so much as a single dialogue when they leave the cinema and the story relies too much on clichés — such as a needless romantic twist just before the climax.
    The characters at large are hollow, and so much of the control is given to Fatima that it seems that the story could have unfolded without Uzair (Mohib Mirza) and Adil (Khalid Malik).

    A fact that stands out throughout the two-hour long film is that Bilal is a director of visuals and not actors. The cut-throat visual treatment with some interesting montages is a treat for the eyes. But the underutilised acting talent leaves you wanting more.
    At one point Adil, delivers the line “artists hi is mulk ki ek sachi awaz hain” but makes no impact at all, making the scene look more like a camera rehearsal than the final take. Having said that, for most of the underperformed scenes, a weak script, frail acting direction and off-time editing is to blame more than performers.

    In contrast, the scenes in which the feudal lord’s seven-year-old son Shera (Abdullah Khan) walks ahead of his father’s armed goons, his toy gun in tow, are memorable and impactful.

    Aaminah Sheikh has done a commendable job as expected. While she isn’t extraordinary in her role as Fatima, she is miles ahead of new actors when it comes to pulling off such a strong protagonist. Adnan Shah Tipu as Gulsher, however, is the real star of the film.

    The Pathan sidekick of the feudal lord Khan, Gulsher’s guilt about the prevalent injustice and internal conflict is communicated beautifully to the audience. A maestro like Jafri reflects her brilliance in the few but phenomenal frames she is in, and her aura is felt even after her character’s death. Ali Rizvi as Ahmed is on top of his game throughout the film and is a great addition to the emerging league of Pakistani actors.

    The ‘woman against society’ subject has been done and dusted in Pakistani narratives to a point that it is almost a whole genre. The treatment of the subject may vary from one storyteller to another, but the story is inherently tied together by the cause and effect chain of similar events. As a result, every new story becomes a more glorified version of the older one.
    Verdict: 3/5

    Despite its orthodoxy and needlessly extended duration, Josh is a win for independent cinema in Pakistan. It succeeds in accomplishing what films like Bol failed to achieve, by focusing on one subject and thoroughly highlighting it with research.
    Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2013.

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    when waar comes to torrents?

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    Cheers raptor I will have to check out some of these. Sound promising
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    Waar beats domestic box office record with opening day take of Rs11.4m


    Waar opened on 42 screens across the country.

    KARACHI: The most anticipated movie of the year, Waar, opened on the first day of Eidul Azha on 42 screens across Pakistan and beat the box office record for an opening day take of Rs11.4 million.

    With Rs11,397,930 in ticket sales, Waar broke the previous record set by the Shahrukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express, which had mustered around Rs9 million on the first day of exhibition earlier in the year.


    Figures from all the 42 screens on which the Shaan-starrer Waar opened have not yet come in and the overall tally for the action film is expected to rise further. The film cost $2.5 million to make and is expected to be distributed in 25 countries.

    Waar, which has seen most cinemas booked out for the entirety of its opening week, is expected to rake in Rs55 million in its first week on current trends. If it manages to do that, it will beat Chennai Express’ all time high first week take by a few millions. It will also make it the highest grossing domestic film of the year, out-earning the other blockbuster, Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi, which earned Rs55.4 million.

    Waar’s first week on the box office has been helped by the unusually long Eid holidays and a weekend immediately afterwards.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/619036/w...ke-of-rs11-4m/

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    Waiting to watch waar eagerly. Looks awesome movie!
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    I think, our movies should work hard to make more action on anti-India elements and RAW bad guys.


    Ranjhaana, Shootout at Wadala, Ek tha Tiger, D-Days were unacceptable.

    'Waar' beats 'Chennai Express' in Pakistan, sets record



    Karachi: Pakistani film revolving around the theme of terrorism in the country has set new record openings at the box office, beating the takings of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan starrer 'Chennai Express' at Eid ul Fitr two months back. 'Waar' which stars Pakistani actor-director Shaan was released on Wednesday and raked in approximately 20 million rupees on its first two days, a record for any film released in the country.

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/waar-beat...ce=ref_article

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    Waar earns Rs40m in three days



    LAHORE: Pakistani bilingual film Waar (in English and Urdu) did a record business of Rs40 million during the three days of Eid.

    It is the highest amount earned by any Pakistani movie at the box office to date. Akshay Kumar-starrer Boss, according to the entertainment circles, played second fiddle to Waar, earning Rs10 million only.

    The two low budget Pakistani movies could nowhere be seen in the light and glitter of Waar and did a meagre business. It was perhaps the first Eid after many years when a Pakistani movie took all three shows and in certain cinemas even the fourth show from 3am to 6am was also totally packed.

    It is also for the first time that an Indian movie could not find many cinemas in Pakistan and its business remained quite low as compared to the Pakistani movie.


    While everyone is happy as Pakistan’s most anticipated movie of the year Waar opened on the first day of Eidul Azha, some termed the movie a propaganda in their online comments.

    The movie has been released with 35 prints across the country. It is an action/thriller movie, written by Hasan Waqas Rana, and stars Shaan, Shamoon Abbasi, Meesha Shafi and Ayesha Khan.

    The storyline has been inspired by the war on terror in Pakistan and its effects on the world, however, one could see the stylised interpretation.

    Some critics found the script not that strong, however, music, cinematography and overall treatment of the film made it a super hit. — Staff Reporter


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    Saya E Khuda E Zuljalal a film praising the Pakistani Army is like a punch on the face of our enemies. The movie depicts true events from past. Some of its scenes comprises of 1965 and 1971 war. It also sheds light on our current political and religious conditions that is dividing our nation. Watch the trailer of this thriller movie below:


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    'WAAR'
    The Unstoppable Film.

    Box Office Collection (2nd Week-3rd day-Sunday)

    12th Day Total:
    Rs. 11,020,829.00
    (1Crore 10 Lacs)

    Grand Total for 12 days
    Rs. 126,846,895.00
    (12 Crores & 68 Lacs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReoSpeedWagon View Post
    'WAAR'
    The Unstoppable Film.

    Box Office Collection (2nd Week-3rd day-Sunday)

    12th Day Total:
    Rs. 11,020,829.00
    (1Crore 10 Lacs)

    Grand Total for 12 days
    Rs. 126,846,895.00
    (12 Crores & 68 Lacs)
    extraordinary figures

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    Waar's Indian release hangs in the balance



    November 5 2013

    KARACHI: In India, curiosity about Waar has doubled since Ram Gopal Varma’s adulatory tweets. If it wasn’t enough that the film’s bad guys are RAW agents unleashing terror attacks on Pakistan, RGV’s public admiration – “Indian film-makers should get off our assumed high horses and look at Pakistani films seriously” – definitely got our friends across the border intrigued.

    After seeing 'Waar' i honestly feel us indian film makers should get off our assumed high horses and look at pakistani films seriously
    — Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) October 26, 2013

    As frantic journalists, film critics and cinema lovers press their Pakistani counterparts to send over DVDs, Bilal Lashari addresses speculations surrounding his film’s release in India.

    Bhai Jan waar ka DVD le Kar aana ( pirated bhi chalega ) mein paharganj se pick up kar lunga aapko aapka rab ka wasta bhool mat Jana
    — Rahul saunik (@supersaunik) November 5, 2013

    @Qwintessentwit I wanna see Waar – @jehan_ara get me a DVD when you come in Feb – I am chairing the NASSCOM ILF event this year by the way !
    — Ganesh Natarajan (@GaneshNatarajan) October 27, 2013

    “I have not approached anyone specifically for distribution in India, but I cannot give any more details on that for now,” Lashari tells The Express Tribune. Given the theme of the film and the perception that ‘Waar shows India as cause of nation’s problems’, the director says, “I have no idea how people will react, but it would be great if it ends up being screened. A lot of people are saying it’s never going to happen.”

    Bollywood films depicting military or intelligence agents from Pakistan – such as Ek Tha Tiger and Agent Vinod – have traditionally not passed the local censor board filters. Lashari feels Waar could meet a similar fate. “I would love to show the film as it is,” he says. “I think it would get a very interesting reaction. I am curious to know how people will react to it – I don’t think they should react badly.”

    The director remains adamant in his refusal to remove scenes. “I won’t be cutting out any scenes because I can’t think of a way around it,” he says. “I think we have been very subtle,” he says, referring to the portrayal of RAW agents Ramal and Laxmi, who mastermind major terror plots in Waar. “We will probably take out some words. The censor board is yet to see the film. They will watch the unedited version and propose edits. We will amend it accordingly as there is no harm in toning it down for that one market.”

    Seriously, though – why Indian agents?

    Lashari hints that the inclusion of Indian agents in the storyline made the story more “interesting”. “It could have been any other [villain]. But the specific Indian element made it more interesting,” he admits. “I knew people would be intrigued but never thought it would be taken as seriously as it has.”

    While he is aware that it has irked those across the border, he relates an incident at a bookstore, where a group of people approached him with compliments. “They were really happy. One of them said ‘Finally humari taraf se bhi jawab gaya’,” he said, referring to Bollywood’s negative portrayal of Pakistan’s institutions.

    “It’s not the reaction I was expecting, but at the same time a part of me thinks there is no harm. They make films like these too, so here is the first from our end. If people are enjoying Waar as a rebuttal, then that’s okay too.

    Given the tense relations between India and Pakistan and recent skirmishes on the LoC, the director is aware that the message of Waar may not be warmly welcomed by Indian audiences. “The question is whether they will take it as being just a film. People need to realise this is entertainment – not a documentary. The film is not against the people of India,” he says.

    “The tricky part is the notion of so-called ISPR involvement in the film. If that’s the perception India wants to maintain, then it can be taken as more than just a film,” he continues, adding, “I’ve given up trying to convince people that there is no ISPR involvement in the script or characters. But that would make things boring wouldn’t it?”

    When asked how he feels about Varma watching a pirated DVD of Waar, Lashari laughs. “I don’t feel so great about it. We are working on an international release so pirated DVDs obviously don’t help. But I did ask him if it was a good pirated version,” he laughs. “I don’t want people watching a sh***y version.”

    He adds that he called RGV himself. “I was sick of people telling me about the tweets so I thought I would get in touch and make sure it is him,” he shares. “Turns out it was. We had a really good conversation for 15 to 20 minutes. I wanted to accuse him of hijacking my life!”

    As unlikely as it may seem, Lashari hopes to see his film release in India. “If it does get screened, the release in India will be limited. It will not be a mainstream release.”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/627942/w...bilal-lashari/

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    List of Upcoming Pakistani Movies, The Releasing Year/Date Mentioned are not Final, it is up to the Film makers to finalize the Releasing Date. This List is made to show the number & name of the Pakistani Movies releasing in future, some of them are already completed and some are still in production.

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    ^^What's is Walking Dead?
    Walking dead is a series of zombies
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