‘Bench’, the dialogue centric short film directed by Usman Mukhtar, has released its trailer on Youtube on Wednesday.
A 1:46 minutes trailer features Rubya Chaudhry who is one of the lead roles in the film. In the trailer, Rubya can be seen walking towards a bench after purchasing two packets of cigarettes. Her character is giving a monologue to the audience about decisions she regrets one of which she aims to rectify.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Rubya termed her role in the film as “An intimate dialogue between two conflicted hearts, looking to find their own truth in life.”
The actress related her role with real life and explained how difficult it is to take tough decisions. “It takes courage to make tough decisions, to force yourself out of your comfort zone in order to take charge of your destiny,” she said.
“Bench sets out to explore one such relationship; that turning point where you could either settle with the cards you’ve been dealt or break the mold to find your own truth,” she added.
On the other hand, Mukhtar revealed that the short film will be released sometime after the Covid-19 situation settles down.
“So we are somewhat in a state of confusion. So we are trying to figure that out. But yes the film will definitely be screened locally in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad once the Covid-19 situation settles down,” he said.
It must be noted here that Bench has been submitted to multiple international film festivals including Independent Short Awards Los Angeles, 3rd South Asian Film Festival Kolkata, Prisma Awards in Rome and South Asian Film Festival Toronto.
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According to the leading news source, actress Sonya Hussyn has replaced Faryal Mahmood in the film Lockdown. The director and co-writer of the film, Abu Aleeha, confirmed the news.
Another source reported that the Enaaya actress says that she left the project because she wasn’t feeling her best and wasn’t up for a hectic shoot as yet. Also, the filming dates were not flexible for her.
Sonya will now play the role of the lead character alongside actor Gohar Rasheed. The reason behind Faryal’s abrupt withdrawal from the film is not apparent as yet. However, Abu Aleeha said she left for some ‘personal reasons’.
Lockdown will be produced under the banner of Mont Blanc. Reportedly, Asad Malik will be the DoP of the film. Abida Ahmed has written the script.
“It’s a love story with the backdrop of lockdown and the horrors of Covid-19. The whole world is experiencing it right now… how a common man gets affected by [the coronavirus], how a simple couple gets affected by the horror of Covid-19 and the repercussions of lockdown.” Said by Abu Aleeha
‘Ishrat Made in China’, directed by Mohib Mirza is all set to release sometime in 2021 but to create some hype among the fans, the cast of the film has been released.
The debut film of Mirza as a director will be filled with action-cum-comedy set in China. The film has been shot in Thailand, whose plot is being kept under wraps at this time.
Mirza and his co-star from Bachaana, Sanam Saeed are the lead characters in the film while the other cast includes Shamoon Abbasi, Sara Loren, Ali Kazmi, Mani, Mustafa Chaudhary, Shabbir Jan, Imam Syed, Nayyer Ejaz and Hassan Sheheryar Yasin aka HSY.
It must be noted here that shooting for ‘Ishrat Made In China’ was completed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier last month, the cast including Shamoon, Sanam, Mirza, and crew were stuck in Thailand following countries shutting down boundaries due to COVID-19 panic.
Mangu from ‘The Donkey King’ rallies for the fight against coronavirus with the anthem “DarnaNahiLarna Hai”
After making a huge hit in cinemas in Pakistan and abroad, everyone’s beloved Mangu from the animated comedy film- The Donkey King is here with a public service anthem to give an important message to the masses during these difficult times.
The makers of the movie have released a public service anthem requesting everyone to practice social distancing to play their part in the fight against the disease. The inspirational anthem ‘DarnaNahinLarnaHa’i has been composed by Shuja Haider, with Asrar’s vocals, and the writer-director of the blockbuster animated film Aziz Jindani has written the lyrics.
Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected people across the world and in turn has led to locking down of various cities, causing families to self-isolate in their homes, everyone is trying to do their bit by urging people to practice social distancing.
In the video for the anthem, Mangu urges everyone to keep an appropriate distance from others but keep our hearts connected. The video also sees cameos from other characters of the movie as they ask us to avoid going out of the house unnecessarily. The video ends with the message, “Stay home, stay safe.”
The Donkey King is an animated comedy film that was released in Pakistan in October 2018 and has been produced by Geo Films and Talisman Studios. The film features the voices of Jan Rambo, Ismail Tara, HinaDilpazeer, Ghulam Mohiuddin, and Jawed Sheikh. The movie has been released in cinemas around the world and has also been dubbed in many languages, including Turkish, Ukrainian, Russian, Korean, Spanish, Basque, and Catalan.
Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ is an animated short film about child brides
SOC’s animated short film ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ has become the first original Netflix film from Pakistan. It has already won Best Produced Screenplay, Best Music Score and the Humanitarian Award at the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019.
The short film premiered yesterday at the Nueplex Cinema, in DHA Karachi, attended by renowned names from the industry; Sanam Saeed, Ushna Shah, Ayesha Omer, Adeel Hussain, and Zahid Ahmed.
The fifteen-minute long short film, Sitara demonstrates the journey of a little angel Pari, who dreams of becoming a pilot. However, Pari’s father arranges her marriage with an older guy. The film concludes on a positive note, where we see Pari’s father encouraging Mehr, the younger daughter, to pursue her dream. Mehr, then, becomes a pilot.
It is a silent movie with no dialogues and highlights how burdens of a family keep girls like Pari from realizing their dreams. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the mastermind behind the film, said in a press statement earlier:
“Waadi Animations is proud to create an animated short that is at par with the best of the world and we are delighted that Sitara will be available to a global audience on Netflix. We hope it will lead to thoughtful discussions as we also begin screening the film in schools and community centers around the world. We strongly believe that investing in the dreams of young girls will lead to a more equitable world.”
The short film is now available on Netflix. Go, check it out if you haven’t already.
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Saqib Malik’s debut film ‘Baaji’ will be screened at the UK Asian Film Festival 2020, in London. This is big news for Pakistan, as exclaimed by Meera Ji.
It is scheduled for screening on three different days in 3 different venues; at the Stockton Arts Centre on 27th March, followed by Strathclyde University, Glasgow on 29th March and finally at the Regent Street Cinema, London on 1st April.
The lead actress, Meera was quick to respond to this announcement. She used the opportunity to congratulate and praise everyone involved in the making of the Baaji.
However, it’s alarming that a screening has been scheduled amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. The official Instagram page of Baaji made the announcement yesterday.
This is also the first time that Baaji will be screened in Central London.
The renowned Director and Producer, Haseeb Hasan of Hamdan Films, is gearing up to bring another blockbuster feature film titled ‘AAN’.
The film features Fawad Khan in the lead, a world-renowned actor that lives in the hearts of many people. Fawad Khan is the biggest name in the Pakistan Film Industry who has not only gained a name for himself but also for our beloved country, Pakistan. The megastar will be seen in an avatar like never before.
The ensemble cast will also include Sanam Saeed, Zara Noor Abbas, Jawed Shaikh, Navid Shehzad, Nayyar Ejaz, Naeem Tahir, Aly Khan among many others.
Haseeb Hasan has many projects that are famous worldwide, one of which is “Parwaaz Hai Junoon”. A 2018 war-combat film that hit cinemas worldwide and won the hearts of millions. The film made the highest gross of 40+ crore at the worldwide box office and is set to be the first ever Pakistani film that will be released in China.
The new project, ‘AAN’ will be no exception. The script has been penned down by Umera Ahmed who has helped in turning this little dream into a big reality, with her exceptional writing skills. Some of her famous projects, amongt many others are, Zindagi Gulzaar Hai, Laal, Shehr-e-Zaat and Meri Zaat Zarra Benishan. “AAN” will also be featuring some of the best and intense dialogues that will leave your heart throbbing.
‘AAN’ is the epitome of naval warriors that packs romance and drama between the main actors. It also has a combat and touch of humor that makes it a complete package for the best cinematic experience. The film is set to start shoot in April with pre-set release date at the end of 2020.
About Hamdan Films:
Hamdan Films is a fully established and goal-driven Pakistan-based Production House, that specializes in the art of producing award-winning movies, TV serials, series, TVC’s, documentaries and shows
The talented young actress Rabya Kulsoom after proving her mettle on the small screen is all set to take over the big screens with her debut movie ‘Gawah Rehna.’
Gawah Rehna is set in the 1920s, against the backdrop of Khilafat Movement, which was led by the Muslims of South Asia, before Pakistan came into being. Starring alongside an ensemble cast, including the legendary actor Qavi Khan, Rabya Kulsoom will be seen in a totally new look playing a Hindu character who is the love interestfor the leading man in the film.
Talking about her big-screen debut, the actress said, “I couldn’t have thought of a more challenging role to begin my foray on the big screen. Portraying a Hindu was also a career first me me and I am really looking forward to everyone seeing this intense story when it releases !”
The film, written & directed by Tahir Mehmoud, has been shot in Gujranwala and is all set to release in both Pakistan and Turkey in 2020.
About Rabya Kulsoom:
Rabya Kulsoom: This emerging young talent started in the industry in 2018 with a promising role in “Hara Dil.” With her acting skills and effortless ability, she managed to make her place on the screen in a small period. Though she has only just begun her acting career, she has already starred in various projects alongside veteran actors, including Dil Aara, Shehr e Malal, Meer Abru, and more.
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After making a mark with popular dramas like Diyar-e-Dil (2015) & Khaas (2019) and delivering a remarkable performances on the big screen with Janaan, Parchi & Heer Maan Ja, Ali Rehman Khan starts shooting for his next outing on the big screen with producer & director Wajahat Rauf.
Titled “Parday Main Rehnay Do” the film is directed by Wajahat Rauf under his own banner Showman Films, and Ali will be playing the lead role opposite his Jannan co-star Hania Aamir.
Ali can currently be seen on the small screen on ARY Digital’s drama serial Bewafa that airs on Thursday nights.
About Ali Rehman:
Ali Rehman Khan: The famous film, theater, and television actor Ali Rehman Khan made his industry debut with the 2010 controversial film “Slackistan” and has made rounds in the industry for his edgy and unconventional choices of projects ever since. He then moved to the small screen and earned an award for his performance in “Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Se” in 2013. His more recent works include critically acclaimed and successful movies like Janaan, Parchi, and Heer Maan Ja, and dramas like Diyar-e-Dil, Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka, Khaas, and Bewafa.
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