'Cake' and other Pakistani films are coming to Netflix

Published: May 3, 2019
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Netflix is one of the most uber-popular ways to relax in this day and age. Rest assured, you will soon be able to watch some recent Pakistani favourites from the comfort of your own home if you missed them on the big screen.  Here is a list of great films making their way to Netflix.

Cake

Asim Abbasi’s debut feature film starring Aamina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik has captured many of our hearts since its release in Pakistani theaters over a year ago.  Set in Karachi, the film follows two sisters confronted by old secrets as one lives abroad and one is ‘left’ behind. They must realise the only way for the family to move forward is by moving back.

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Cake was also Pakistan’s entry for the Oscar’s in the foreign-language category this year, so it’s well worth to watch again and again.

Abbasi also hinted at the Netflix release by sharing a tweet, which could hit our home screens in less than two weeks.

https://twitter.com/IllicitusProduc/status/1123276851277901824

Sadqay Tumhare star Adnan Malik, who plays Romeo in the film, also cheekily hinted at the film’s Netflix release.

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Pinky Memsaab

Indie Pakistani film Pinky Memsaab hit cinemas last December and is now available to watch on the streaming platform.  The flick takes us on a journey through the lives of gorgeous socialite Mehr (Kiran Malik), a naïve maid called Pinky (Hajra Yamin), driven investment banker Hassan (Adnan Jaffar), and easygoing chauffeur Santosh (Sunny Hinduja).  Their stories are interwoven in Dubai and the viewer has to find out why.

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Lead actress Hajra Yamin is also nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category for this years Lux Style Awards.

Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor

This is truly exciting because Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor is the first Pakistani animated film to make it to Netflix.  The release was well-received by many and is a great film to watch with family.

The film premiered in Pakistani cinemas in February 2018 and features the voices of some Pakistani favourites such as Noori-famed Ali Noor, Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman.

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Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor highlights the importance of preservation and respect for wildlife.  It takes us into a world of its own, following the adventures of a young hero who embarks on a quest to take on poachers in his hometown.  He has friends to help him on his quests such as a markhor named Mehru, as well as a snow leopard and chukar.

The film was screened at the South Asian International Film Festival and also scored an award for Best Feature Film in Audience Choice category.  A must watch for both kids and adults.

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  • Shazaib
    May 3, 2019 - 7:45PM

    But when is it expected to come to Netflix? Recommend

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