Looking forward to present the face of PAF to the world: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Published: September 8, 2016
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Abbasi and Butt are proud to be a part of Parwaaz Hay Junoon. PHOTO: FILE

Abbasi and Butt are proud to be a part of Parwaaz Hay Junoon. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Momina Duraid (MD) Productions took the occasion of Defence Day 2016 to announce its forthcoming project Parwaaz Hay Junoon, which will pay tribute to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and its commitment to protecting the nation. The film will be MD’s second offering after 2015’s Bin Roye.

Starring Hamza Ali Abbasi and Osman Khalid Butt in lead roles, Parwaaz Hay Junoon is slated to release on Eidul Azha 2017. Both actors joined Duraid, writer Farhat Ishtiaq and director Haseeb Hasan at a local hotel to formally launch the film.

Duraid claimed it was an honour for her to be able to produce the first Pakistani cinematic venture to be made in association with PAF. “It gives us an opportunity to bring to our nation, the passionate story of brave men and women who rise above the earth, to the top of the atmosphere, and guard our motherland,” she said.

Director Media Affairs PAF, Air Commodore Syed Mohammad Ali talked about how there are three kinds of people in the world who like to be in front of the camera: presidents, actors and warriors. “You can see how interesting it will be when we put actors as warriors on camera. I believe Hamza and Osman are going to bring a lot of charisma to Parwaaz Hay Junoon,” he said at the launch.

Butt, on the other hand, revealed how he used to be a daredevil when he was younger and will get the opportunity to live out his childhood fantasies through the film. “As I grew up, patriotism turned into more of a romantic feeling, I wanted to fight for my country and soar to the skies,” he said. “I will finally be able to do that as a pilot now!” Abbasi shared his scenes will be shot in a CASA Aircraft, saying, “This is an honour for us! I am looking forward to presenting the face of Pakistan Air Force to the world.”

However, as the film is yet to commence shooting, the team could not reveal any more details, other than the fact that the plot will be based on real-life PAF success stories.

Also, the supporting cast of Parwaaz Hay Junoon will include actual cadets, fighter pilots and PAF personnel so as to make the screenplay more authentic.

A point to note is that many of the films being produced in Pakistan tend to fall into clichés. In the case of patriotic films in particular, the clichés often become more pronounced due to weak scripts and a preachy vibe. Ishtiaq, however, clarified that no such issues would spring up with Parwaaz Hay Junoon.  “The film is more about drama and real-life situations in the context of the air force and my main concern was to not make it too preachy,” she said. “But rest assured, the audience will leave the theatres with a heightened sense of patriotism once it is over.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Titan
    Sep 8, 2016 - 8:42PM

    Yes I’m sure the entire world watches Pakistani movies. Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 9, 2016 - 2:54AM

    @ Titan, Of course not. Why would they watch Pakistani movies when they can watch beautiful Tamil women or that ever dashing Rajnikanth who can split bullets with his finger tips.Recommend

  • Senman
    Sep 9, 2016 - 7:44AM

    @Khan:
    Indian film industry is not just Tamil film industry and Tamil film industry is greater than Pakistan film industry. Indians are more mature audience they won’t go for colour of the skin or just looks. stories matter, a fact that is obviously missing in Paksitan film industry. And Tamil actresses are good looking.Recommend

  • Shaukat
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:42AM

    For showing the face of PAF to the world you should target releasing the movie in atleast 100 countries. 3-4 small countries dont make the world.Recommend

  • dija
    Sep 9, 2016 - 9:57AM

    All respects for Hamza Abbassi,he is a very brave, confident daring guy but acting might just not be his field…some other versatile actor needs to be given a chance since no offence, hamza tries hard and tries to give life into his acting by raising his eyebrows that really doesnt work….Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Sep 9, 2016 - 4:28PM

    PAF Dcember-1971 War performance in East-Pakistan shown in the ‘Parwaaz Hay Junoon’ film ?Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 9, 2016 - 6:37PM

    @M. Emad:
    One negative doesn’t negate 100 rights. You seem like a very disturbed person.Recommend

  • Ali Aamir
    Sep 12, 2016 - 8:01PM

    I have a song for PAF.I have a lot of collection of songs. If you need than connect on my email adres ‎شکریۂRecommend

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