KARACHI: Zhalay Sarhadi, who will soon be seen in the crime-caper film Jalaibee, believes that the future of the Pakistani film industry is very bright, reported Roznama Express.
“It is not necessary for our industry to compete with the Bollywood and Hollywood. We should remain within our limits and try to bring forward as much new talent as possible,” she said.
The actor was happy about the fact that the new wave of filmmakers is featuring different cast, quality scripts and touching upon a variety of themes.
Since the inception of multiplexes in Pakistan, there has been an increase in the number of movies being made by independent media enterprises as compared to ones being by TV channels. Yasir Jaswal’s Jalaibee is one such film.
Sarhadi, who will be seen essaying the role of a bar dancer in the movie, said that the switch from television to film was not a major change for her and neither was the task of acting in a film very difficult one.
“Acting in a film is like an addiction; after that working on any other medium becomes very difficult. Films have a greater reach to larger audiences as it is only two-hours long and people can re-watch the movie multiple times,” Sarhadi said.
Regarding her favorite dialogue in the movie Sarhadi replied, “Doctor nahi bani toh kya hua, Biology toh puri aati hai.”
Jalaibee features an ensemble cast and has multiple storylines all of which are intertwined into one plot. Several renowned television actors will be seen in the film such as Danish Taimoor, Ali Safina, Sajid Hasan, Ali Safina and Adnan Jafar.
The movie, which is slated to release on March 20 this year, also holds the distinction of being the first Pakistani film to be shot using Arri Alexa cameras. The soundtrack for the movie includes songs by various artists including Uzair Jaswal, Umair Jaswal and Humera Arshad.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2015.