KARACHI: Before Pakistani cinema restablished its footing in 2013, a handful of directors were continually trying their best to breathe some life into the dying film industry. One of the few who managed to provide oxygen, albeit for brief periods, was veteran actor Javed Sheikh.
Almost eight years after his last directorial venture Khulay Aasman ke Neeche and having racked up a considerable acting portfolio both home and abroad, Sheikh is all set to return to the director’s chair with his latest production, Wujood.
Currently the film is in its pre-production phase with the paper work being finalised before it finally hits the floor in March 2016. Wanting to keep the plot and other details regarding the crew of the film a secret, the director told The Express Tribune that, “The scripting is being done by a top female drama writer.”
The movie would see Sheikh involved in multiple capacities as he would be juggling between his responsibilities as an actor, producer and director. While his previous outings as director, such as Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa were romantic-dramas, he described his latest film as a “violent love story”. When asked to elaborate on whether the movie is more along the lines of comedy or action he replied, “That you will have to wait and see.”
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With filming for the movie expected to begin in March 2016, Sheikh added that, like his previous two films that were shot in exotic places in Europe and Australia, he would be ‘introducing’ Pakistani audiences to yet another beautiful foreign location in Wujood. Although the cast for the movie is yet to be finalised, he already has a tentative release date in mind. “I am aiming to release the film sometime in September-October 2016.”
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Of late the actor has made a string of appearances in notable Pakistani films including Na Maloom Afraad, Wrong No., Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Bin Roye, Karachi Se Lahore and will soon be seen in the Imtiaz Ali-directed Bollywood film Tamasha alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2015.
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