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, 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.
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.
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.