Pakistani Cinema

Star-studded premieres for Dobara Phir Se held Nation-wide

ARY Films hosted exclusive movie premieres for Mehreen Jabbar’s most awaited film ‘Dobara Phir Se’ in Lahore & Karachi respectively.

Dobara Phir Se

‘Dobara Phir Se’, is an urban romantic movie, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, produced by Salman Iqbal, and co-produced by Jerjees Seja and Mehreen Jabbar. The film has mainly been shot in New York and Karachi, starring Adeel Hussain, Hareem Farooq, Sanam Saeed, Ali Kazmi, Tooba Siddiqui, Atiqa Odho, Shaz Khan & Musa Ahmed Khan.

Dobara Phir Se cast

“We are pleased to be a part of this project with Mehreen Jabbar for Dobara Phir Se. We hope to live up to the promise of providing quality entertainment to our viewers and we believe that this trend will continue with DPS as it is the third film to release soon under the banner of ARY Films.”shared Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY Digital Network and producer of the movie.

The soundtrack for Dobara Phir Se comprises of seven singles composed by eminent artists including Haniya Aslam, Shiraz Uppal, Jimmy Khan, Arooj Aftab and Rekha Bhardwaj.

“Dobara Phir Se is a simple story of complicated lives and we have poured our heart, sweat and soul into making it. The movie has great songs and engaging story-line and we are looking forward to another bouquet of quality entertainment.” said Mehreen Jabbar, director and co-producer of Dobara Phir Se.

Dobara Phir Se

“Dobara Phir Se is all set to hit and rule the cinema screens on 25th November 2016 simultaneously all over the world. We continue to fulfill and justify the promise of ARY Films by providing wholesome, Made In Pakistan entertainment to cinema goers.” stated Jerjees Seja, CEO, ARY Digital Network.

Dobara Phir Se is an ARY production, directed by Mehreen Jabbar and will be releasing in Pakistan, Middle East, UK & North America in November 2016.

Dobara Phir Se all set for global release on 25th November 2016

ARY Films recently hosted a press conference in Karachi for their upcoming film ‘Dobara Phir Se’ set to release on Nov 25, 2015 worldwide.

‘Dobara Phir Se’, is an urban romance, directed by Mehreen Jabbar, produced by Salman Iqbal, and co-produced by Jerjees Seja and Mehreen Jabbar. The film has mainly been shot in New York and Karachi and stars Adeel Husain, Hareem Farooq, Sanam Saeed, Ali Kazmi, Tooba Siddiqui, Atiqa Odho, Shaz Khan & Musa Ahmed Khan.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

“Dobara Phir Se is the third film to release under the banner of ARY Films banner this year and we are proud to be providing quality entertainment to our viewers consistently. We hope to continue the same trend with DPS.” shared Salman Iqbal, Founder and President of ARY Digital Network and producer of the movie.

The soundtrack for Dobara Phir Se consists of 7 singles composed by renowned musicians including Haniya Aslam, Shiraz Uppal, Jimmy Khan, Arooj Aftab & Rekha Bhardwaj.

“We have poured our heart, sweat & soul in making Dobara Phir Se. I am honoured to have worked with a team of extremely talented individuals who have put their all in the movie and now we are ready to hand over our baby to the audience.” said Mehreen Jabbar, director and co-producer of Dobara Phir Se.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

The film has been supported by Lux, Closeup, OyeHoye, Qmobile & Mcdonalds.

“Upholding and celebrating talent and the film industry has always been important to OyeHoye. Being a part of the Dobara Phir Se team has been rather exciting! Team OyeHoye is sure that it’s going to do tremendously well in the days to come, having exceeded our own expectations.  Patriots at heart, Team OyeHoye has made it a mission to uphold and celebrate the local film industry and talent, and this collaboration with ARY was just the right place to begin. We wish the Dobara Phir Sey team the very best of luck!” shared Mian Shahzad – Director marketing – OyeHoye.

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

Zeeshan Akhtar – CEO – Q Mobile said “Q Mobile is committed to support talent in multiple areas and encourages innovation. We believe that local talent plays a vital role in the development and image building of a nation, therefore we are excited and hopeful about the rise of new cinema in Pakistan and will continue to lend our support to such promising projects.”

Dobara Phir Se all set to release on 25th November 2016 World-wide

Director – Marketing & Development McDonalds; Jamil Mughal – “ARY Films has recently released blockbusters and DobaraPhir Se is their upcoming movie so it’s an honour to be a part of this venture. We are proud to be a part of this movie that will set a bench mark in the Pakistani film industry. McDonald’s always has and will continue to support local talent.”

Raheel Pasha – Marketing Director, Unilever’s shares, “Dobara Phir Se is a family entertainer and we are pleased to be a part of this venture. Mehreen Jabbar is known to create masterpieces and this one will hopefully be a blockbuster.”

Music Launch of Lahore Se Aagey

ARY Films and Showcase Films hosted an exclusive media event for their film Lahore Se Aagey, starring Saba Qamar & Yasir Hussain, in Karachi yesterday, officially kicking off the promotions of the film.

Saba Qamar

Saba Qamar

Lahore Se Aagey, a spinoff of the 2015 hit film Karachi Se Lahore, is directed by Wajahat Rauf and also includes Agha Farhatullah, Mubashir Malik, Rubina Ashraf and Behroze Sabzwari in pivotal roles. The film penned by Yasir Hussain has been shot all over Pakistan from scenic Swat & Kalar Kahar to the spells in cities.

Rubina Ashraf at the event

Rubina Ashraf at the event

Lahore Se Aagey music album includes five tracks, out of which four have been composed by Shiraz Uppal – while Tere Bina, sung by Aashir Wajahat, is composed by Syed Adeel. The main vocals of the album are by Aima Baig, who has sung, Kalabaz (with Jabar Abbas), Be Fiqriyan and Ehl-e-Dil. Zara Si Laga Lo vocals are by Shiraz Uppal himself.

Aima Baig

Aima Baig

“With Lahore Se Aagey, ARY films is bringing another first to Pakistani cinema – a spinoff film – and we are really excited to be a part of this venture which promises to be quality entertainment with great music and an engaging storyline.” said Mr. Salman Iqbal, Executive Producer of Lahore Se Aagey and the Founder and President of ARY Digital Network.

Wajahar Rauf with Jerjees Seja

Wajahar Rauf with Jerjees Seja

“The entire team has put their heart and soul in putting together the music album of Lahore Se Aagey and now just hope these songs are imprinted in the hearts of listeners, since music is a very important part of the film and how the story progresses.” Wajahat Rauf, the producer and director of Lahore Se Aagey, commented.

 

“Lahore Se Aagey, is a complete joy ride that offers the best of Pakistan – from melodious beats, to scenic locations and a script that’s completely our own – the movie is one of the best offerings under the Made in Pakistan umbrella that ARY Films launched less than 10 years ago.” stated Jerjees Seja, CEO ARY Digital Network and co-producer of the movie.

Yasir Hussain

Yasir Hussain

“As part of its brand ideology, Bank Alfalah is committed to supporting talent in various areas including film, fashion, sports and innovation. We believe that art and culture play a significant role in a country’s development and image. We are extremely pleased to see the rise of new cinema in Pakistan and have tried to play our part by supporting various projects over the last few years. The decision to support ‘Lahore se Agay’ was, therefore, a natural one. With the aim to discover the potential of Pakistan, the Bank Alfalah Rising Talent platform continues to serve as a practical expression of our corporate philosophy.” shared by Aly Mustansir – CMO, Bank Alfalah.

 

Lahore Se Aagey, a joint production of ARY Films and Showcase Films, is releasing on 11th November 2016 in Pakistan, UAE, UK & USA.

Jeewan Hathi trailer launch at Cinepax Cinemas

The trailer of Jeewan Hathi was officially unveiled  in Karachi, by Matteela Films & Footprint Entertainment at an exclusive event with the cast of the movie along with the respective press and media.

The movie is directed by Meenu Gaur  and Farjad Nabi  and written by  Faseeh Bari Khan along with Hina DilpazeerNaseeruddin Shah,  Kiran Tabeer, Fawad Khan, Samiya Mumtaz and Adnan Jaffer as the main leads. This movie was part of the Zeal for Unity initiative.

Kiran Tabeer

Kiran Tabeer

Jeewan Hathi is a black comedy about the topsy-turvy universe of television in Pakistan. An ideal, loving, lower middle class couple’s marriage is on the brink of collapse when they find themselves part of a TV game show- lured in by the prize of a gigantic flat screen TV!

Team and cast of Jeewan Hathi

Team and cast of Jeewan Hathi

“We have worked really hard on the movie and the credit goes to our entire team for working hard day and night. This thriller/comedy movie is an attempt by our team to entertain the audience and we hope the people who visit the cinema would enjoy every bit of the movie”; says the director Meenu Gaur.

Adnan Jaffar

Adnan Jaffar

The movie is set to release across Pakistan on November 4th, 2016.

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Moor & Manto Review

In past two months I’ve seen two beautiful Pakistani movies which I can say really is a revival of Pakistani Cinema. So here are my reviews of both movies.

Moor Review:

Moor is directed by Jami who needs no introduction. Started as a music video director, he has won numerous awards for his music videos. He studied film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the United States. In 1998 returned to his home, Karachi and formed the production company Azadfilm.

Jami on the right at the Press Meetup of the Moor

Jami on the right at the Press Meetup of the Moor

Moor (pronounced as More, meaning Mother) is the story of Wahid, played by Hameed Sheikh, who is a railway station master at a small town in Balochistan. He is under political pressure agrees to sell the railway infrastructure under his supervision. The process may not be a win-lose situation because Wahid is also promised monetary benefits to do so.

On the other hand, Ahsan, played by Shaz Khan, who is Wahid’s son, is caught in a moral dilemma. Ahsan, who migrated to Karachi at a young age, finds himself battling against his future.

First half of the movie might be confusing cos things are happening at different time periods, at different places, at same pace while in 2nd half everything gets cleared and become interesting for the viewer. Jami captured breathtaking visuals of Balochistan. Stunning cinematography and superb performances by all actors including Hameed Sheikh, Shaz Khan, Samiya Mumtaz, Sonia Hussain and Ayaz Samoo. 

Jami has worked really hard on script, casting, cinematography, soundtrack and direction.

This movie has seven tracks and all of them are produced by Strings and lyrics by Anwer Maqsood. Javed Bashir, Meesha Shafi, Rahim Shah, Strings has sung the songs for this movie and all of them are perfectly embed in the movie.

Eva by Meesha Shafi

Moor is not for masala movie fans but its a treat for alternate cinema lovers and will leave its audience in awe struck with its powerful story and brilliant cinematography by Jami.

Rating: 5/5

Recently Pakistan enters ‘Moor’ in Foreign-Language category for the Oscars.

 

Manto Review:

I watched Manto on 17th Sep. (Thu.) at Atrium Cinemas. The show starts at 4.15pm usually young people are coming with their parents, hall was almost full. Film starts with introductory song ‘Kon Hai Yeh Gustakh‘ by Javed Bashir.

Movie begins with the post partition era back in 1951 which covers his constant struggle with his life. He was disillusioned by the recent partition and bloodshed. Sarmad Khoosat who played Manto has done total justice with his character. His body language, accent, emotions… everything was perfectly crafted. In between his biography they’ve included some of his short stories ‘Khol Do‘, ‘Thanda Gosht‘. ‘Hatak‘, ‘Toba Tek Singh‘ and ‘License‘ which will give you goosebumps. The only adaptation which will make you smile is ‘Peshawar Se Lahore Tak‘ starring Mahira Khan and Azfar Rehman.

Peshawar se Lahore tak

Peshawar se Lahore tak

And the song ‘Kia Hoga‘ sung by Zeb Bangash and Ali Sethi makes it more beautiful.

The whole cast of the Manto was brilliant including Saba Qamar as Madam Noor Jahan, Sania Saeed as Manto’s wife, Nimra Bucha as Manto’s alter-ego, Mahira Khan & Azfar Rehman both played a very unique role where there was no dialogue.

Overall Manto is a visual treat for all the Manto fans. During all the adaptations it build up the tension as the narrative goes on and reaches up to the climatic ending which will leave the audience in shock. And that is the beauty of this movie.

Before watching this movie try to read some of the Manto’s work like Thanda Gosht, Hattak or Khol Do. So you’ll know how he writes and how much justice Sarmad Khoosat did to his adaptations.

Rating: 5/5

Premiere of ‘Wrong No.’ takes place in Karachi, a movie by YNH Films & ARY Films

True to its promise of guaranteed laughter, the premiere of ‘Wrong No.’ in Karachi enticed and entertained audience with comedy and action. Yasir Nawaz’s silver screen directorial debut has proven to be the most hilarious film of the year. A YNH FILMS production and released by ARY Films is a true representation of the creative mockery the Pakistani industry is capable of.

Danish Taimoor and Sohai at the Karachi premiere

Danish Taimoor and Sohai at the Karachi premiere

The quirky and upbeat satire of ‘Wrong No.’ will keep its audience spell bound and glued to their seats. Yasir Nawaz, renowned for his acting and direction on television, on his debut as director & producer from YNH Films said “The entire team of ‘Wrong No.’ has worked with immense passion and dedication with the core intention of making the audience leave with a smile on their face after watching the film. I am positive that this Eid will be a lot more hilarious for everyone because of ‘Wrong No.’

Fahad Mirza, Sarwat Gillani & Jerjees Seja at the Karachi premiere

Fahad Mirza, Sarwat Gillani & Jerjees Seja at the Karachi premiere

Yasir Nawaz at the Karachi premiere

Yasir Nawaz at the Karachi premiere

The catchy music of the film composed by Wiqar Ali is a favorite amongst the young and old alike and easy to remember lyrics for ‘Wrong No.’ penned by Mohsin Ali. The movie encompasses a number of songs that have colorful cinematography and brilliant choreography by Zahid Hussain.

Salman Iqbal, Founder & President, ARY Digital Network said at the occasion “Pakistani projects such as ‘Wrong No.’ are a reason of immense pride and joy for ARY Films. ‘Wrong No.’ symbolizes a journey of excellence in Pakistani Cinema by being the first comedy movie of the year.”

Javed Sheikh and Danish Taimoor at the Lahore premiere

Javed Sheikh and Danish Taimoor at the Lahore premiere

Some of the most prominent names of the Pakistani film industry including Danish Taimur, Sohai Ali Abro, Javed Sheikh, Shafqat Cheema, Janita Asma, are casted in ‘Wrong No.’ and were present at the premiere alongside multiple other celebrity guests.

Janita Asma at the Lahore premiere

Janita Asma at the Lahore premiere

Jerjees Seja, Chief Executive Officer ARY digital Network, present at the premier said, “The excitement amongst the audience regarding ‘Wrong No.’ is contagious, and we received a lot of positive reviews after the launch of our trailers and the music for the movie.

Ayesha Sana, Sohai, QYT & Xille Huma at the Lahore premiere

Ayesha Sana, Sohai, QYT & Xille Huma at the Lahore premiere

The films advanced bookings are already underway and the movie will officially be releasing for the public on Eid-ul-Fitar.