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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Geo Films acquires latest Pakistani independent film Dukhtar

KARACHI: In the flurry of exciting news of current and upcoming film releases, a recent entrant in the Pakistani independent filmmaking scene is Dukhtar (Daughter). It is helmed by Afia Nathaniel, one of Pakistan’s most exciting filmmakers and founder of Lahore-based Zambeel Films, and produced by Muhammad Khalid Ali, seasoned producer at The Crew Films in Karachi. Geo Films has acquired the rights for the Pakistan territory and is making release nationwide release plan for 14 August 2014, the 68th Independence Day of Pakistan.

Dukhtar is an international co-production between several countries and has high profile in the independent film community having won several prestigious and highly competitive film production awards like the Hubert Bals Fund, Sorfund and National Geographic’s All Road Seed grant, making Dukhtar the first Pakistani feature film to have all these awards under its belt.

“Dukhtar is a powerful story about a mother’s personal quest to save her ten-year-old daughter from an arranged marriage to a tribal leader. It is also Pakistan’s first road-trip thriller shot in the surreal landscapes of the northern areas. I am really looking forward to bringing this film to our Pakistani audiences,” said Afia Nathaniel, its writer-director and producer.

Speaking about Dukhtar, producer Muhammad Khalid Ali said, “We worked with some of the top-notch actors of Pakistan, including Samiya Mumtaz, Mohib Mirza, Asif Khan, Ajab Gul, Adnan Shah Tipu, Samina Ahmed, Saleha Aref, Abdullah Jaan and Omair Rana. We have made a film that is uniquely positioned to capture not just Pakistani audiences but international audiences as well.”

Post-production on the film is wrapping up and the film’s first look will be released soon. The film’s soundtrack was composed by Sahir Ali Bagga and Peter Nashel in New York. Imran Aslam, President, GEO TV Network adds: “GEO Films has always been at the forefront of the Revival of Pakistani cinema. We have been associated with landmark films like Khuda Kay Liye, Bol and Chambaili, amongst others, which have been significant milestones in this journey. Dukhtar is yet another meaningful film, which is a road movie inviting us to continue the journey”.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Director Farooq Mengal is scared of love (HIP Pakistan)

Maker of many artsy dramas, Farooq Mengal, is all set to enter the silver screen.

The Quetta-based director and producer Farooq Mengal has not had it easy. He has been accused of murdering his wife and accused of infidelity, but he does not shy away fron the limelight. When he started his showbiz career from Pakistan Television (PTV) as an assistant producer on classic Aik Mohabbat Soo Afsanay no one could guess that he would become one of the most powerful story tellers of the time.

With plays like Hawa ki Dastak, Kat Puttli and the politically charged Seeli Baarish Mengal established himself as a

His first project as producer was Hawa ki Dastak and he later made a telefilm, titled, Kat Putli which received a lot of appreciation. After giving several hit plays, the famous television director has now turned his attention towards films.

These days, he is busy shooting his upcoming film Hijrat starring Noman Ijaz, Rabia Butt, Azra Aftab, Shahzad Sheikh (actor Javed Sheikh’s son), Ayub Khoso and the Moroccan actor Wiam Dhamani.

A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to meet with the talented director.

How did you end up in showbiz?

I’m a born producer. The very first thing I remember from my childhood is the fact that I wanted to make dramas. Therefore, once I made up my mind, I started looking for resources to turn my dream into a reality. I learnt a lot from Atta Ullah Baloch, the current General Manager of PTV Quetta Centre.  Also, my mother has always been a source of inspiration for me as she has been a source of guidance for me at every single step of my life.

I did face a lot of resistance from my family members but there is only one way to persuade others. Let your work speak for you. And here I am today successful and happy.

How many siblings do you have?

I’m the eldest one in my family. I have five siblings, including four brothers and one sister. One of my younger brothers is studying whereas the other one is looking after our ancestral land in village. My sister is happily married. My younger brother was murdered a couple of years back.

Tell us about your educational background?

I received my primary and secondary education from the Pakistan Air Force School in Quetta. I did Bachelors and Masters in political science from Balochistan University. Side by side, I didn’t forget my passion and did some media related courses from different institutes to get some know-how about the field.

What qualities does a good director have?

It is extremely important for a director to be observant since he has to give life to the characters on paper and blend it with the surroundings. Creativity is another thing that a director (or any other person in media) should possess.

A good director should also know how to act so he can guide actors. He should be a technician. That is, be familiar with the technicalities needed to complete a project. He must have a sense to complete the project within the given budget. In short, the director should be everything from an actor, to technician and of course a director because he is the spinal cord of any program.

Like many others, do you also feel theatre is the real deal?

Theatre is the real platform where an artist’s abilities can be judged. If an actor performs well on the stage, he can win people’s heart on any media – be it films or television. I love watching theatre and I often go to watch plays whenever I have time.

What are your future plans?

Well, I have plans to make a film in the near future and as we speak I’m working on Hijrat. It is a love triangle touching basic human rights issues. I personally feel it is extremely important to keep making good movies for the revival of cinema.

What do you feel is your greatest achievements so far?

I was been nominated for the “Pride of Performance Award” this year and I am the first ever director in Pakistan who is nominated for this respected award.

Are you satisfied with the content being shown in our dramas?

There is no novelty in our plays. Switch on any television channels and you get to see old topics being discussed in dramas again and again.

There was a time when our dramas were famous all over the world and were shown in other countries too. The credit went to strong subjects.  Now our channels air foreign content because the local industry is not offering them good stuff.

The Turkish plays are slowly destroying our industry and also affecting our culture, ethics and traditions. Most of those dramas aspread vulgarity.

When actors reach late on set how do you react?

I hate it and sometimes I become too harsh with them. I believe that they should know that time is money and should value it.

Tell us about the unforgettable moment of your life?

I could not forget my wife, Afreen Baig’s murder in 2004 for which I got arrested. That was the worst period of my life. Although today I am a free man but the haunted memories of that dark period is still fresh in my mind.

Your first love?

My mother is my first love and the ‘love’ you’re talking about has entered my life time again and again, but the first one was with my beloved mother and I want to die in her arms.

What scares you?

I’m afraid of falling in love. Though I have fallen in love several times but still it scares me – but the big problem is that I also want it. So I’m really not sure that whether I enjoyed it or tolerate it.

What do you like most in your personality?

I am a daydreamer and with hard work I always try to turn my dreams into reality.

What is it that you don’t like about yourself?

I am short-tempered and I just wish I had more patience. I know it is not a good habit and I am trying to overcome it.

Article Courtesy : HIP Pakistan (By Moniza Talat)
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Operation 021 video log causes a stir

It is the most anticipated film of the year. After the resounding success of Waar last year, Pakistani audiences seem to have developed a taste for the action thriller genre — not surprisingly so, there is enough happening in the country to provide enough material for a whole series and then some!
The first trailer of Operation 021 was released online roughly around three weeks ago and caused quite a bit of a stir.

Since then, the team behind the film have promised fans a series of video logs showing testimonials and some behind-the-scene footage of the film.
They’ve just released their first one and it features Pakistani photographer Amean J. The log is hosted on the official Azad Film Company’s (Jami’s production house) Vimeo channel.

Although Amean J has also experimented with directing music videos and is a familiar face in the art circle, he’s says that when Jami approached him, he jumped at the opportunity to work with a director he looks up to.
“Without questioning who, when, what, how,” said the lens man, “the only thing I said was: batain kab karna hai?”

Amean J has done the publicity shoot for some of the main characters in the film. These will most probably be used in the film’s posters, press releases etc.
Directed by Jami Mahmood (Duur and Humsafar by Strings, Bum Phatta by Ali Azmat to name a few) a director known for his beautiful frames and imagery, Operation 021 is an action-spy thriller bilingual film featuring both a Pakistani and a foreign cast and crew. Not surprisingly, it is predominantly set in Karachi.

Starring Pakistan’s only leading man (or so it seems!) Shaan Shahid in the titular role, the films cast also includes Aaminah Sheikh, Ayub Khoso, Hameed Sheikh, Tatmain ul Qulb, Ayaz Samoo, Gohar Rasheed, Bilal Ashraf, Wendy Haines, Joe Towne, James Hallet, Abdullah Ghaznavi, Shamoon Abbasi, Daniyal Raheal.

The film is has been produced by Jami, Azaan Sami Khan and Zeba Bakhtiar. It has been written by Jami, Joe Towne and Summer Nicks. The film is set to hit Pakistani theatres on August 14, 2014 — Pakistan’s 67th independence day.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Filmwala Pictures to release ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ post Ramazan

Filmwala Pictures announced on Wednesday that they will release their debut production ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ in Pakistan in August, 2014.
Directed by Nabeel Qureshi (‘BNN’, Pandora, The President), ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ tells the story of three protagonists and their irony of life in the most amusing way.

The film is produced by Fizza Ali Meerza under her company Filmwala Pictures. Qureshi’s prestigious cast includes Javed Sheikh, Fahad Mustafa, Mohsin Abbass Haider, Salman Shahid, Urwa Hocane and British actress Kubra Khan. Mehwish Hayat will also make an appearance in the much-awaited film, in a totally new avatar, which will include a thrilling and jaw-dropping dance number, which is already setting trends and echoing in the masses. The film was co-written by Qureshi and Meerza and the cinematographer is Rana Kamran.

The film will premiere post Ramazan in cinemas across Pakistan. Filmwala Pictures is all set to reveal the identities of na maloom afraad through their film, which is a true entertainment package for the audience at large with numerous ironic twists and turns. The word “Na Maloom Afraad” is in news almost every day in our country, however, the makers of the film have interpreted it differently by adding humour, fun and paradox in the daily lives of the characters in the movie thus making it a true social comedy thriller.

Sharing his thoughts, Qureshi said, “The backbone of this film is the original script and content. The intervening plots and overlapping situations shall gratify the audiences in the most amusing and humorous way. The story line is very close to the lives of the people living in Pakistan particularly Karachi and the film has been shot mostly in the old areas of this metropolitan city. This film has a number of songs amongst them the thematic song of the movie has been sung by Sajjad Ali. This is the first Pakistani film completely shot on state-of-the-art camera Arri Alexa. The film at the moment is in post-production and the trailers shall soon be seen on different TV channels.”

The makers of the film claim that ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ will set new trends and standards for the upcoming movies in the emerging Pakistani film industry. The growth of Pakistani cinema is opening up new horizons for the filmmakers, which shall give a boost to the industry in its transitional phase. Meerza and Qureshi feel more of such films shall be made to provide entertainment to the masses as there is yet a lot to explore in the industry and that the people are ardent to see more of Pakistani entertainment than any other.
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