Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, a movie that will inspire

Published: June 7, 2013

The story is about a young boy who dreams of becoming the famous cricketer Shahid Afridi. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: 

If you are a true patriot, cricket has to be in your blood. Actor and producer Humayun Saeed is well-aware of that as he is set to release his new film Main Hoon Shahid Afridi on Eidul Fitr this year. From the very beginning of his career, he was determined to make films. And with this new sports film, Saeed feels he would be delivering something to new to the audience.

“Film has always been a passion [for me] and this was the reason why I joined this industry,” he says. Over time, Saeed gradually became one of the most successful TV drama producers in Pakistan. He feels this success has granted him space to experiment and return to his first love, which is film. “It’s important that we make [good] films now. If we do this, then in two to three years, Pakistani films will be a success,” he adds positively.

Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is unlike any previous Pakistani film — it is commercial but is an underdog story which centres on the game of cricket. The star-studded cast includes Javed Sheikh, Nadeem Baig, Shafqat Cheema, Noman Habib (lead), Mahnoor Baloch and a host of others including Saeed himself. The film has been directed by Syed Ali Raza and is written by Vasay Chaudhry.

The story is about a young boy who dreams of becoming the famous cricketer Shahid Afridi. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Saeed is aware that India and other countries have produced films on such subjects before — Iqbal, Chak De India and Lagaan. But he feels Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is purely Pakistani and is different from the kind of scripts Saeed has been known for. “People expect me to produce something which is themed around shaadi, romance and emotion but I was keen on doing something different,” he continues.

“In India, several sports films have been made. But in general, it’s quite risky to make these because they come across as dry,” he adds, saying he was dreading that. “But I feel if it’s done intelligently, then it could turn out to be an exciting project.” A lot of collective input and effort made this film come to life. “Everyone was tense yet interested in how we could make this film great. You will see that viewers will like this project too,” he says.

The film is about a young boy (played by Habib) who dreams of becoming the famous cricketer Shahid Afridi one day. The local club he plays for, however, goes bankrupt and that changes the whole ball game. In order to deal with the hard times, Habib must figure out a way (with a team of misfits) to win a major local tournament in Sialkot. They ultimately seek the help of an ex-cricketer named Akbar Deen (played by Saeed) who has a dark past.

“Unfortunately, new actors have the tendency to become commercially-inclined but the people we found for this film, are [genuinely] interested in doing good work,” says Saeed, about the cast. “And I think that is very important.”

Speaking about the film’s music, Saeed says it will be released on June 29. The soundtrack has four songs by Shani Arshad Ali and Kamran Ismail-Kami aka Shani and Kami while the lyrics have been written by Sabir Zafar and Nadeem Asad. “The music is brilliant. Even if all songs are not hits, I am 110% sure that at least two songs will be very successful,” he says enthusiastically.

Saeed strongly feels that this change in Pakistani cinema, in which new people will step up and make new films consistently, will ultimately result in the revival of the film industry. “I will be making two films — they are going to be different [from the usual duration] and will be about an hour and a half or two hours long each,” he says. “What digital [videos/films] have done, is that they has opened doors for films to be made. We will make mistakes, but I think it’s a good starting point.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2013.                                                                                          

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Khan
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Good luck to Humayun and others associated with the movie. Way to go. Show the world you can do that….

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  • abdussamad
    Jun 7, 2013 - 7:39PM

    Will they serve cricket balls instead of popcorn in the cinema where this is aired?

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  • Pak
    Jun 7, 2013 - 9:08PM
  • Contra (Strategic Asset)
    Jun 7, 2013 - 10:09PM

    The young Director should reconsider.
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    It would gain international recognition if there were non-state actors.

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  • Ayishia Khanum
    Jun 7, 2013 - 10:15PM

    Stupid comments by people like @addussamaz determines that Pakistani education is at an all time low. Instead of creative comments there are these childish comments that waste time. If you have nothing valuable to add to the conversation! Then don’t!

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  • GetLife
    Jun 7, 2013 - 11:38PM

    I think Pakistan film industries should focus on movies like this… I m sure if we keep making motivational movies on different individual inpressive characters rather than making rubbish stories about love and romance which is not even in our culture, we can go beyond and will help built the nation as well

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  • jiyala
    Jun 7, 2013 - 11:44PM

    Why would a movie about Afridi inspire anyone? He’s exactly the kind of Cricketing role model one would follow.

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  • Zaidi
    Jun 8, 2013 - 12:34AM

    Anyone seen Dhan dhanadan goal???

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  • syedshah
    Jun 8, 2013 - 12:55AM

    The man who holds the record of maximum failures. Nobody has been as lucky in getting so many chances but he squandered them all.

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  • shezada
    Jun 8, 2013 - 1:20AM

    they should have based it on misbah.im gonna watch it.ive made a point to watch every pak movie released SOMEBODY HAS GOT TO SUPPORT tHE INDUSTRY

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  • Jun 8, 2013 - 5:16AM

    Copy cat….. !
    Bend it like Bekham……….Patiala House………that I can jus recall.
    What has Afridi done extraordinary that a movie is needed in his name.There are many other players.

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  • Murali Nair
    Jun 8, 2013 - 1:12PM

    I think the Producer should consider releasing it in India too. By the way, Lollywood should have some distribution arrangement in India to release good movies in India. I, for one, would certainly watch.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jun 8, 2013 - 4:01PM

    “But I feel if it’s done intelligently(film about afridi), then it could turn out to be an exciting project.”
    How can you do a film with shahid afridi with ‘intelligence’? Shahid ‘boom’ ‘boom’ afridi has been one of the most overrated cricketer. I guess the same people who get excited while winning at casinos or lottery, like to watch afridi play. After all, afridi’s batting is a lottery that only pays out once in a while!

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  • Jun 12, 2013 - 5:11PM

    Don’t forget that he is the only player who holds most of the records of cricket.Instead of disgracing him look upon his records. @syedshah:

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  • Fakhar
    Jun 13, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @Such Bolta Hoon:
    you r wrong afridi has done very much u cant understand it his time is just over nothing more he has gaven all his effort for pakistan we have to be with him at this time

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  • Jun 26, 2013 - 5:22AM

    @Fakhar
    Nothing extraordinary.Many others have done the same.
    In cricket one should have a strategy to win matches, that he has always lacked.He has always come across as self-focused. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of his sixes but he can’t classed that a movie is needed in his name. I will not be persuaded to spend money to spend money to watch a movie on Shahid Afridi. May be if I get it free then I will watch.Moreover commercial point of view; it is a loss for the movie producer who will suffer in the end.

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  • Jul 11, 2013 - 10:43PM

    I am really excited to watch this film. Hope to get it on DVD soon :-)

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