LAHORE: While he remains confident of a spectacular opening, the experience of directing a film based on real-life occurrences was quite daunting for Jamal Shah. Talking to The Express Tribune, the director discussed his vision behind the storyline, in reference to the 2009 Swat insurgency.
“I initially wanted to produce a documentary on the Swat situation as it was in 2009 but I later realised that a film should be made on it because terrorism is an important topic. As a director, it was my duty to shoot it in Swat, so that the audience is able to relate to the actual circumstances at the time,” said Shah, adding that he is hopeful the film will attract a large number of cinemagoers. “For me, the film was a big challenge not only due to its content but also the shooting locations as they were difficult to access.”
Revenge of the Worthless will be releasing alongside Noor Bukhari’s Ishq Positive and Faisal Bukhari’s Blind Love. However, Shah feels no threat because his film, he says, conveys a message that is original and different. “It talks about the effects of the Swat incident on cultural narratives and the lives of the people residing in the region. The film also paints a positive picture of Pakistan as a country with rich culture and heritage.” While the background score of the movie has been produced by Mehdi Raza, Qawwal Zafar Raza and debutant Sunny Khan have also lent their vocals to the film.
Interestingly, actors Firdous Jamal and Ayub Khoso will play the roles of some notorious Taliban figures. “The movie features people such as Sufi Muhammad and Mullah Fazlullah who have been involved in acts of terrorism are also in the film,” stated Shah. “All the characters are based on real people, but have different names for obvious reasons.”
The dialogues are primarily in Urdu, with bits of Pashto and English. Revenge of the Worthless was cleared by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) earlier this week and is being produced under the banner of Hunerkada Films.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2016.
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