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.