Did you know? First Pakistani silent movie makes it to international film fests

Published: October 1, 2013
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Pakistan's first silent movie is called Meeeowww Billi aur World War 3. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan's first silent movie is called Meeeowww Billi aur World War 3. PHOTO: FILE

One of the earliest silent films to have been released in the subcontinent was Daughters of Today, which was produced in Lahore in 1924. Now, a movie which will be Pakistan’s first silent film, is ready to be submitted to international film festivals including the Gandhara Film Festival & FILUMS (Lahore) festival in Pakistan in 2013-2014. Called Meeeowww Billi aur World War 3, the movie is inspired by the age of silent cinema with a political message on the current situation in Syria and the Middle East.

“When Pakistan came into being in 1947, the talkies or talking films were already the norm worldwide. So Pakistani cinema never experimented with silent films,” says Faraz Waqar, writer and director of Pakistan’s first silent film. “By the time of partition in 1947 and the creation of Pakistan, the age of silent films was over. There has been no silent film made by the film industry in Pakistan after partition.”

The film has been shot entirely in the United Arab Emirates and involves an international team of actors, cinematographers and crew from India, USA, UAE, Australia, Canada, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.

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  • Hamza
    Oct 1, 2013 - 11:04PM

    “The film has been shot entirely in the United Arab Emirates and involves an international team of actors, cinematographers and crew from India, USA, UAE, Australia, Canada, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.”

    Are you saying that Pakistan doesn’t have talented technicians?

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  • Mudassir
    Oct 2, 2013 - 2:10AM

    “The film has been shot entirely in the United Arab Emirates and involves an international team of actors, cinematographers and crew from India, USA, UAE, Australia, Canada, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.”

    So, what’s so Pakistani about this?

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  • np
    Oct 2, 2013 - 2:43AM

    @Hamza: “Are you saying that Pakistan doesn’t have talented technicians?

    Are you saying you did not know this? Please find out where all these new age Pakistani films have been edited? (hint: Not PAkistan). The reason Mira Nair could not shoot the Reluctant Fundamentalist in Pakistan is because insurance bonds for foreign technicians to travel to Lahore were not available. If enough world class technicians had been available, she could have sot in Lahore with Pakistani technicians.

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  • Muhammad
    Oct 2, 2013 - 3:35AM

    @Hamza:
    I wouldn’t say I’m surprised

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  • hasan
    Oct 2, 2013 - 5:06AM

    Shameless liers.. the word “Pakistan” did not even exist in human history by that time.. we liers are so shameless that we take an Indian movie and paint it shamelessly as ours… this movie was in 1924, so where is pakistan?? It was one united India from Afghan to Burma… what a shame to live among liers…

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  • Dj
    Oct 2, 2013 - 5:25AM

    You want to watch a silent Pakistani movie? Turn on any news Channel and put it on mute there you go, now you have a silent Pakistani movie with Pakistani Dual citizenship holders from USA, UAE, Australia, Canada, Syria and other Middle Eastern Countries.

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  • M. Emad
    Oct 2, 2013 - 9:07AM

    THE LAST KISS is the first (and last) full-length silent movie of East Bengal (Bangladesh). It was made by some youths of Dhaka Nawab family (mostly Nawab Salimullah’s nephews) between 1929-1930 and released in a Dacca (Dhaka) cinema hall in 1931. It was subtitled in Bengali, English and Urdu languages. Sadly the print of the movie is lost now.

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  • JP
    Oct 2, 2013 - 9:23AM

    Way to go Faraz Waqar. Its just the beginning

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  • LalaKiMkaa
    Oct 2, 2013 - 12:56PM

    So now u proved we are 87 years behind India…India made alam ara..first movie without voice in 1926…I think…and speaking about technicians..here people only know that its the camel from arab that is the only things people know..

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  • Faraz Waqar
    Oct 3, 2013 - 3:18AM

    Guys I am the writer & Director + the Producer of the film and I am Pakistani. I made this film in 2013 as an experiment based on the style of films from the 1920s. The story seems to be a comedy but is not, the audience discover as the story goes on that its a political statement on the present world crisis centered around the Middle East.

    Lahore made a silent film by the name of ‘Daughter of Today’ in the 1920s. But after the creation of Pakistan there were no silent films made, as the age of the talkies had already begun.

    I made it with an international cast and crew as that is the requirement of the story. Could ‘Khuda key liye’ be made without British and American actors in the movie? They were essential to the story. Is ‘Khuda key liye’ not a Pakistani movie??

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