LAHORE: Looking at Nabeel Qureshi’s Actor in Law and Mohsin Ali’s Chupan Chupai, one can already say that Eidul Azha this year will be quite busy on the box office.
Keeping with this development, producer Sohail Khan has roped in Indian director Hasnain Hyderabadwala to help with his latest romantic-comedy that will also make it to theatres on the festival. The film which has been given the title of Shor Sharaba, the producer said, will be a family film. “It will attract all cinema-goers who have been disappointed by many films in the past,” he told The Express Tribune.
According to Khan, Shor Sharaba is a new take on the Bollywood-esque style of comedies. While a director from across the border is helming it, the project comprises a Pakistani cast with actors such as Mustafa Qureshi, Nisho Begum, Meera and Malik Aqeel already on board. On the other hand, singer Rabi Pirzada will make her silver screen debut with the film. The soundtrack is being taken care of by local musicians Zulfiqar Attre and Shaifo Khan and is expected to feature a few Indian musicians as well. “This will be a completely different kind experience for them,” Khan maintained.
As to why he thought of funding the project, he added, “Digital cinemas are present in all big cities of the country now. It is a good time for Pakistani cinema and for those associated with film-making.” The movie is currently being shot at different locations in Lahore. “We were waiting for the last four years to starting shooting,” he said.
According to him, despite a lack of government patronage for cross-border collaborations, he thought of going ahead with the collaboration on his own. “I cannot say it is an Indo-Pak co-production. Previously, only Indians have been reaping benefits from such projects. It is time we strengthen our own film industry, learn from them and begin to generate quality film content,” the producer said.
Delving into the storyline, Khan mentioned it unravels the problems and disputes between two families. “Shor Sharaba is about the multiple feuds two families get into. This is our society’s story where even siblings fight over things such as family property. I think people will want to see such films,” noted Khan.
Mentioning that there is no space for clichéd storylines in the industry, he insisted there is a dire need for new issues to be addressed.
He credits the revival of cinema in the country to the efforts of the younger crop of film-makers. “Cinema houses have shut down in the past because movies have not been up to the mark. Times have changed and young, educated film-makers in our industry are doing a great job,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2016.