KARACHI: Sangeeta Begum is among the few film veterans willing to embrace the new wave of Pakistani cinema and evolve with changing times. Clad in white, she organised a press meet Thursday evening to divulge details of her upcoming film Tum Hei Tou Ho, slated for release on Eidul Fitr next year. With the cast and crew fashionably late, the event began an hour-and-a-half after its scheduled time.
When the starlets such as Danish Taimoor finally arrived, Sangeeta got right down to revealing that she’ll serve as director, producer and artist in the film. “The movie is a love story and 70 per cent of its shooting will take place in Karachi, Lahore and Murree,” she shared. “It’ll be shot at actual locations and not in studios. Also, we have a massive budget for the project. The budget is one thing I won’t compromise on,” she stated.
Sangeeta said the film revolves around the lives of college-going students, who encounter the twists and turns of fate. The director, who began shooting Tum Hei Tou Ho on September 29, said the cast will feature Danish and Quratulain in lead roles. In addition, newbie Maryam will sizzle in an item song part of the movie. Also present at the occasion was the film’s writer Sooraj Baba and choreographer Pappu Samrat. Without disclosing much about the songs and who all will lend vocals to them, Sangeeta said the singers will mostly be industry novices except music maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Although she herself claimed she belongs to the good ol’ Lollywood days, she said her upcoming film is being made using modern technology. “We must confess that we were lagging behind in terms of technological advancement. But now, we’ve embraced the digital age,” she noted.
On working with the veteran filmmaker, Danish said, “I’m blessed to be a part of Sangeeta apa’s venture. It’s my first film with her and I play one of the lead actors in the film.” For Quratulain, this is her second movie stint, with the first being Ali Mohiuddin’s Sawal 700 Crore Ka. Expressing her excitement over the project, she said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the film and working with a senior director, such as Sangeeta apa. I’m certain that I’ll learn a lot from her.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2015.