Pakistani cinema: Promising projects in the pipeline

Published: May 15, 2012
Here is a list of new films that may change the face of Pakistani cinema. DESIGN: SAMRA AAMIR

Here is a list of new films that may change the face of Pakistani cinema. DESIGN: SAMRA AAMIR


There’s been a lot of hue and cry about the decline of Pakistani cinema, but with a number of feature films under production and a lot of TV directors switching to films, the situation is expected to drastically change and the industry may get its much-needed overhaul. Here is a list of all those projects which are currently under production.

Faisal Aman Khan

Faisal Aman Khan, an independent film-maker who is based in the UK, is directing Kaptaan, a biographical film about the life of Pakistani politician, social worker and former cricketer Imran Khan. Although TOI reported that the film was in post-production stage in 2011, its release date has been moved from February to fall.


Music director Jamshed Mahmood Ansari, better known as Jaami, has impressed us lately with his work. From “Mein Tou Dekhoonga” to “Bum Phatta”, Jaami has come at par with the likes of Saqib Malik, who is one of the most established directors of Pakistan but hasn’t been contributing to the music video scenario lately.

Jaami, who has slowly and gradually come to the fore by directing music videos, is all set to make his own film. Unlike most film-makers, who are known to keep their films consistently in the “pre-production phase”, Jaami has already completed one spell of his shoot and the director, along with his crew members, was seen last winter shooting in Muslim Bagh, a place near Quetta. Rumour has it that the second spell of the shoot is about to begin and filming locations are spread out all over Pakistan. We have very high expectations from Jaami.

Yasir Nawaz and Ismail Jilani

Chameli is the brainchild of Ismail Jillani, who has worked for a leading private channel earlier and produced famous documentaries and shows like “George Ka Pakistan” and Yasir Nawaz, who recently made Bhaag Amina Bhaag. For now, we don’t exactly know what to expect from the duo but one thing is for sure, the film will be a commercial venture.

Nadeem Mandviwalla

Nadeem Mandviwalla, who is the owner of Mandviwalla Entertainment, which is responsible for some of the key cinemas in the country and distributes films throughout Pakistan, is now producing a film which is being funded by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). It revolves around the life of one of Pakistan Army’s martyrs. Although the name of the director is not confirmed yet, one expects hordes of people walking into cinemas when a name like Mandviwalla is involved.

Humayun Saeed

With a CV that boasts walking the ramps for top designers, acting in several dramas, featuring in various commercials, and owning one of the most noticeable drama production companies in Pakistan, the last thing left for Humayun Saeed to do is to make a film. And he’s doing just that with Main Hun Shahid Afridi that revolves around a boy’s struggles in his journey to become a cricketer. The script has been written by well-known TV writer Vasay Chaudhry and will be directed by Osama Ali Raza.

Iram Parveen Bilal

Iram Parveen Bilal, who shares her name with that of Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor’s character in Agent Vinod, has wrapped up the shoot of her film Josh. The film stars model Aaminah Sheikh and RJ and actor Khalid Malik amongst many others and should release. In the past, Bilal took her last short film Poshak to different exhibitions and festivals around the world and brought Pakistan a lot of fame.

Bilal Lashari and Bodhicitta Film Works

Enough has already been said about Bilal Lashari’s Waar and the consistent changes and delays to the final release date of the film has only amped up the audiences’ anticipation. On other hand, Bodhicitta Film Works, which is a company that released the teaser of Kolachi but vanished into thin air afterwards, has announced that it is set to release Seedlings. The film, which is expected to be released soon, stars TV actor Mohib Mirza and Aaminah Sheikh. Selected scenes from the films were screened at the recently held Zab Media Festival.

Other projects

Apart from many fresh film graduates who are working on their own feature films, two leading choreographers of Pakistan are all set to release their own feature films as well. Take for instance Joshinder Chaggar, who has recently finalised the script of her film. The film will be directed by Etheshamuddin, who has directed Perfume Chowk in the past. However, no dates have been finalised as yet. On the other hand, director Nasir Tehrany, who works for Hum TV and the owner of Manduck Productions, is working on a film called Naach. The cast includes Pakistani film star Shaan and many other leading names of the industry.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Desi
    May 15, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Where is Naseeruddin shah’s Zinda Bhaag. The filming is already complete.
    Should have done better research. Tribune itself covered it a lot!


  • Blunt!
    May 15, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Pakistani Cinema? :O lewl


  • May 15, 2012 - 11:36PM

    The revival of cinema is a welcome extension of the mass media revolution driven by advertisers targeting products and services to rapidly growing numbers of middle class consumers. It has helped Pakistan’s fashion industry and groomed and funded a lot of talent which can now apply its energies to the big screen.


  • Jami (not jaami)
    May 15, 2012 - 11:55PM

    Who is jamshed mahmood ansari??? Please research properly and its jami not jaami. Doing videos for past life and executive producer is Nadeem mandviwalla.

    Plz research Zinda bhag film at ur own tribune desk. Its been covered by u guys extensively.

    Really sad state of press

    Jami not jaami or jamshed ansari


  • 1984
    May 16, 2012 - 12:08AM

    @Riaz Haq:
    Mr Riaz Haq

    Stop promoting your bloglike a street hawker…..

    Please remove the hyperlinks from his posts so that he can constructively contribute to the forum rather than do hatemongering to promote his blog


  • May 16, 2012 - 12:17AM

    Just a little correction: its “jami” aka “Jamshed Raza Mahmood”


  • Rahul
    May 16, 2012 - 1:24AM

    @Riaz Haq Dude you seem to maintain wikipedia of your own . You always follow up your comments with your link . Now whether those are facts or your own imagnative ideas we are not sure . Please dont live in wonderland ..


  • naseem
    May 16, 2012 - 1:41AM

    very very poor research by the Tribune, the story was not covered properly in my knowledge more than 10 films are in pipeline or in post production and even Director Jami`s name was written wrong. Please be careful in future and story must be covered by a media person and must be consulted to different resources :(


  • Zamir Malik
    May 16, 2012 - 2:21AM

    Along with conventional full length movie cinema in my view we should establish the Short film industry and at present Pakistan is bereft of any short film formats. Later on festivals could be arranged throughout Pakistan so that these films could be shown to the general public as short films are not meant for cinema but around the world they make waves in Film festivals.
    Please take a look at this link to grasp the essence and to have a glance of short movies and stories and you can made them with a small budget and they could be a success as well.


  • May 16, 2012 - 2:30AM

    There is another film-maker Ali Kapadia from San Francisco who recently came back to Pakistan and now generating funds for his feature film on Pak-Indo Peace Project. More information about his project can be found here:


  • May 16, 2012 - 4:39AM

    Along with the film revival, Pakistanis have also seen an explosion in arts and literature in the last few years as the nation’s middle class has grown rapidly amidst a communications and mass media driven consumption revolution. A British magazine Granta dedicated an entire issue to highlight the softer side of Pakistan. Granta has highlighted the extraordinary work of many Pakistani artists, poets, writers, painters, photographers and musicians inspired by life in their native land.


  • Baqar
    May 16, 2012 - 2:04PM

    What about KOLACHI?


  • Azharuddin Masood
    May 16, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Pakistani cinema: “Promising projects in the pipeline” is a pipe dream and Pakistani’s have this habit of pipe dreaming and have been dreaming since independence.


  • Guybrush
    May 16, 2012 - 3:35PM



  • Adi
    May 16, 2012 - 4:34PM

    @Riaz haq… sir thank you very much for your valuable input. I salute your optimism for pakistan.


  • Hmmm
    May 17, 2012 - 10:44PM

    What about Sabiha Sumar’s feature film Rafina? It isn’t mentioned either.


  • Jami not jamshed ansari
    May 18, 2012 - 12:13AM

    Hmmm u r right. And anyone who is not hopeful can go watch tv drama cuz cinema is ON baby u watch



  • Rizwan
    May 20, 2012 - 4:26PM

    What about the horror movie SIYAAH, which is in post production?????


  • Mian
    May 26, 2012 - 2:47PM

    What about the film Tamanna? Didn’t the music win an award with Bol at BAFTA? And what about Zinda Bhaag? Recommend

  • Saif
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:40AM



  • Naima Azad Baig
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:15AM

    This is a puff piece, but we the readers would be better served if ET would do an articles asvto why the huge number of films; Kaptaan, Dusk, Freedom Sound, Fatima, and the list goes on why are these films in limbo? what are the set backs is it goverment regulations, or some other factors that the we the film audience are not aware? There is no reputable releasing distributor as even BOL was released overseas by EROS an Indian agency. A reputable releasing distributor can keep these film producers in line for promised releases otherwise we are doomed to the typical unprofessional behavior of Pakistani society in areas of business.


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