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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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‘Mai Manto’ will release by the end of this year: Sarmad Khoosat


News of ‘Mai Manto’ being in its final stage had been doing rounds in the entertainment section of newspaper and websites since the beginning of this year. And looks like there was some authenticity in those news snippets because the director himself has announced that the much awaited movie will see a release by December.

Another news which is rife about ‘Mai Manto’ is that a drama will also be aired based on the movie. Director Khoosat who is being very tight lipped about his project told HIP that he doesn't want to go in to details.

However, upon speaking to Saba Qamar, who will be playing the role of Melody Queen Madam Noor Jahan in the movie, it was revealed that the drama will only be made after gauging audience’s response about the movie.

“Manto was a very bold man and his speech and writings were full of prostitutes and cuss words. We want to see if audiences can digest such content. If there is an acceptance for the movie, only then the drama based on it will be aired.”

Speaking further about her role, Qamar elaborates that Manto used to write about Noor Jehan a lot, both bad and good and the legendary singer/actress was a big fan of him because of the element of truth in his writings. Although she found it a daunting task to portray Noor Jehan, Qamar says that she takes immense pride in the role allotted to her.

‘Mein Manto will make you forget Humsafar’



Referring to Khoosat, Qamar says that all the credit for her acting should go to the director only. She also says that Khoosat is working so hard on his role as Manto that at times, she feels like her close friend (Khoosat) has actually turned into Manto.

“Jis tarah us ne mujhe Noor Jahan ki rooh mei dhal diya hai, ussi tarah mujhe Sarmad mei Manto nazar aata hai.”

The killer beauty Qamar lastly says that Mai Manto will be a master piece and Humsafar doesn’t stand a chance in front of it.

“Sarmad ne jo masterpiece bana diya hai na, mai bet kerti hun ke log isko dekh ker Humsafar ko bhool jainge.”

The director of famous drama ‘Humsafar’ Khoosat, who is also playing the character of Manto in this movie, has been inspired with the literary genius since reading his work in 9th standard. However, owing to the near death of reading culture in our country, Khoosat thinks (and correctly so) the new generation doesn’t know much about Manto. This is exactly what his movie aims – to educate today’s youth about Manto’s life, the hardships he faced during the last five years of his life and the writing masterpieces he created during that period.

Written by Shahid Nadeem, the movie’s cast includes Mahira Khan, Saba Qamar, Imran Abbas, Sania Saeed, Hina Khawaja, Savera Nadeem, Nadia Afgan, Nimra Bucha and Adnan Tipu in prominent roles apart from Khoosat himself.


Originally Posted : HIP in PAKISTAN (Written By: Ayesha Ahmed)

Humayun Saeed, wife injured in Bangkok car crash


The actor, his wife and crew were in Thailand to explore locations for an upcoming film produced together by Six Sigma Plus and ARY Films.

Speaking to ARY News, producer Nadeem Baig, who was also in the van with Humayun, said that the accident happened when their driver took a U-turn and a bus hit their van from behind. As a result, their van crashed into a pillar.

Baig further added that Humayun was unconscious at the scene of the accident for 10 minutes. However, he is said to be out of danger now and recovering. He is expected to be discharged in a day or two.


Humayun, who has been in the industry since 1996, is also the CEO of Six Sigma Entertainment. The 43-year-old actor will be next seen in Malik, as well as Arth 2 and Bin Roye which has been in production for the last two years. He has won numerous awards for 'Best Actor' and has also won several Lux Style Awards.

Shaan Shahid: The ageless superstar

Filmstar Shaan Shahid has acquired quite a reputation recently for his (often misconstrued) jingoistic statements about working in Bollywood which inevitably triggered bigger debates about patriotism and artistic freedom. But for the millions who admire him, their love for this timeless hero — who plays a gandasa wielding gujjar and a morally upright army officer with equal ease — is not determined by words but box office numbers. Shaan may have skillfully maneuvered the complicated landscape of the Pakistani film industry over the decades but his love for celluloid is pretty straightforward — it is the manifestation of a young boy’s adulation for a father he only knew through his work and the desire to breathe life into things on a majestic 65mm screen.

It’s all in the family


Shaan’s performance as a morally upright army officer in Waar was highly appreciated by audiences. PHOTO COURTESY: PUBLICITY

Shaan’s genes can be partially credited for his undying love of films. Being the son of well-known filmmaker Riaz Shahid — who started his film career in 1962 with the film Susraal and went onto write several hits such as Yeh Aman, Farangi and Zarqa to name a few — the understanding and devotion to the medium came to Shaan naturally. Even though his father passed away when he was just a year old, his ideological influence continued to shape his career and decisions even long after. Perhaps it was the vacuum left by not having spent enough time with his father that made Shaan consciously search for the principles that his father once stood for, such as loyalty to the craft and persistence, and eventually embrace them. “The ideological DNA has to be carried through the generations from father to son or mother to daughter,” he says in an interview. “That is how you find a set of principles to build yourself upon.”



With a portrait of his father, acclaimed filmwriter Riaz Shahid, who remains a strong influence on Shaan’s personal and professional choices. PHOTO COURTESY: SHAAN

Following in his father’s footsteps is also one of the reasons why Shaan believes he has survived the test of time and regained his status as the face of Pakistani films without switching to any other form of storytelling. “I had a legacy to take forward which was more of a responsibility on my shoulders,” he asserts. “The fact that my father made so many controversial films in that era gave me the motivation that things will only get better.” His decision to pursue formal training in filmmaking from The City College of New York further convinced him that films were his true calling. “My studies just did it for me. The entire process of working with a team to put a story together is so engrossing that I knew that if I can get this form of communication right, then nothing else will surpass that experience,” he shares.

As Shaan evolved from a young wide-eyed boy struggling to mark his presence in a frame to a suave powerhouse who commands attention on screen with every gesture and dialogue, his family remained a staunch constant in his life. Everyone, from his mother to wife Amina, his triplets and brother’s family kept him rooted in reality. So while the characters he played changed constantly, the Shaan who walked off the film set always remained the same — a husband, a son and a father. “You must have heard of actors who grow a beard when they take a break from acting and are just chilling at home but that is not the case with me,” he shares as he blushes and rubs the goatee that he is sporting these days for a press release. “My daughters don’t let me kiss them when I have a stubble, so I basically have to shave every other day to meet ‘their’ expectations.”


With his wife and daughters.  PHOTO COURTESY: SHAAN

Everything’s better on the big screen
Currently, as Shaan prepares for the release of his highly anticipated thriller Operation 021 which hits cinemas in the first week of October, his eyes are already set onto his next goal — venturing into film production and direction. The transition should be smooth given his vast experience and understanding of the medium. But Shaan’s focus is much bigger — he wants to stabilise an industry that has long been fractured by inflated egos, unnecessary politics and divisions between Karachi and Lahore, the two major Pakistani centres for film. “First of all we need to have a no-ego club because that is the only way to work for a common cause,” he says.


On the set of Waar, with director Bilal Lashari. PHOTO COURTESY: PUBLICITY

“Once the club is formed, we will have to include all the Karachi and Lahore-based filmmakers in it and help them understand why ending the Lahore-Karachi clash is more important than resolving the India-Pakistan conflict.” He elaborates that all the experienced film writers and technicians are twiddling their thumbs in Lahore whereas all the fresh minds are in Karachi. To bridge this gap, Shaan recommends the formation of a national guild, where actors, producers, directors and technicians from across the country can collaborate. He cites acclaimed Pakistani entertainer, Shoaib Mansoor as an example of someone who missed the opportunity to create an industry.


“Had Shoaib Mansoor come out of his ‘Shaoib Mansoor’ mode, he could have easily become the Yash Raj Films of Pakistan. But he chose to keep everything to himself and as a result ended up producing two films in 10 years which is nothing!” He pauses to take a sip of water. Being a staunch advocate of seniors’ responsibility to support and promote the younger lot, Shaan has also set up his own production company called ‘Riaz Shahid Films’ where young filmmakers will be welcomed to pitch their ideas. Similarly, he also signed a film, Shiny Toy Guns with a Karachi-based production company which is scheduled for release in 2015.


A scene from the film, Waar which broke all box office records in Pakistan. PHOTO COURTESY: SHAAN

The times they are a-changin’
Despite all its challenges, the Pakistani film industry has gone through a major revival in the past few years. Films like Khuda ke Liye, Waar and Zinda Bhaag have not only proven their commercial worth at the box office but also put the Pakistani film industry back on the entertainment map. Local artists like Ali Zafar, Humaima Malik, Imran Abbas and Fawad Khan have also landed Bollywood deals. Recently, the Fawad Khan starrer Khoobusrat created havoc at the local box office by beating the Yash Raj Film’s production Daawat-e-Ishq.


The poster from Operation 021 scheduled to release this month.  PHOTO COURTESY: PUBLICITY

The film has also been labelled a hit in India and Khan has been flooded with modeling and acting offers. The overwhelming reception, both at home and across the border indicate the arrival of the new Khan in Bollywood but will it create serious competition for Shaan back at home? “Not really,” Shaan responds confidently. He   turned down the role of the villain in the 2008 superhit Ghajini as he was dissatisfied with the limited scope and potential of characters that are usually offered to Pakistanis in Bollywood. “Although I have not seen his film yet but the Ali Zafars and Fawad Khans have to compete with each other to prove a point.” He adds that he would only consider them competition if they remain as resilient and picky as he has been in refusing to do certain kind of films for a long time.


During a shoot for Operation 021 with co-star Shamoon Abbasi.  PHOTO COURTESY: PUBLICITY

More than his acting, Khan has been hailed for his charming good looks and has had women sighing and swooning on both sides of the border. Seeing Khan’s reception, one can’t help but wonder how the chiseled maverick Shaan will be received by audiences, women especially, if he starred in a Bollywood production. “I like the idea but then I also have a wife,” says Shaan with a mischievous smile. However, he is quick to add to the comment on a serious note, “I am not closed to [the idea of] working in Bollywood, given that they don’t cast me specifically as a Pakistani. Secondly, this is not the time to go anywhere because if I go to Bollywood right now then no one’s going to stay back.”



A scene from his upcoming film, Operation 021.  PHOTO COURTESY: PUBLICITY


Even though, it is his firm stance about working in Indian films that has attracted all the media attention, Shaan’s approach towards working in films produced anywhere in the world is uniform. “Winning an Oscar does not mean anything to me because I am more of a people’s man,” he says. “My fulfillment is derived from the average man on the road who leaves feeling satisfied after watching my film.” According to Shaan, every actor sets their own benchmark for success. For him, his position is somewhat similar to that of a doctor serving patients in Congo. “If someone offers him a well-paying job in the US, will he take it? Not really. Because the work he is doing in Congo is unique and cannot be replaced by the best of offers.”



With his wife Amina, who has been a constant source of support for Shaan throughout his career. PHOTO COURTESY: SHAAN

Maula Jatt to rerelease in 3D



If there is a film to come out of Pakistan that ‘cult status’ can be conferred on, it would have to be Maula Jatt. Muhammad Sarwar Bhatti, the producer behind the Maula Jatt film franchise, has announced the rerelease of the iconic film in Blu-ray and 3D technology.

Bhatti, who is the chairman of Bahoo Films Corporation, shared that the film is being enhanced in London using latest 3D technology. “The film is in the process of being remastered in London. The conversion will take place both in London and Pakistan and is going to cost an estimated Rs4 million to Rs5 million,” he said.

Filmmaker Bilal Lashari chose to remake the film as his next project, but so has production company Crew Films. While speaking to The Express Tribune, Bhatti disclosed that he has not given the film’s copyrights to either of the two.

“I met Lashari and have told him that he is not making the film legally. I informed him that whoever has invested in your project will suffer because you have not bought the rights to Maula Jatt from me,” said Bhatti. Lashari earlier described his vision for the film, stating, “My version of Maula Jatt will be a visual epic with less dialogue and many captivating moments. It will be a dark but stylised take on Pakistan’s original film genre.”

Bhatti further shared, “I also met Faisal Rafi [senior producer at Crew Motion Pictures] and unfortunately, nothing materialised. I told them that they cannot proceed with the project until they buy the rights from me.”

On the question of whether the decision to rerelease Maula Jatt is financially viable, Bhatti said, “I have enjoyed the success of the film and know how far its reach is. The film will hopefully draw large crowds.” He added that the unique selling point of the film is that it caters to the masses, unlike most films being produced today. “The films being made today are for the elite and are being screened in multiplexes,” he commented. “Maula Jatt is a film that was enjoyed by all audiences and was even screened in a cinema in Lahore for six years.”

Maula Jatt depicts a bloody feud and is set against the backdrop of the city of Gujranwala. The film follows the rivalry between Maula Jatt (Sultan Rahi) and Noori Natt (Mustafa Qureshi). The Maula Jatt character has dominated Pakistani pop culture and folklore since several years.
The film was a resounding success in Pakistani cinema in the 1980s and spawned a number of sequels. In doing so, it became the first-ever unofficial Lollywood film franchise with sequels, such as Maula Jatt Te Noori Natt and Maula Jatt in London.


Bhatti looks forward to releasing the trailer for Maula Jatt 3D in the coming few months. “I am hopeful about releasing the trailer for the film in the next six to eight weeks, soon after the post-production phase is complete,” he said.
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