After decades of ‘unwatchable’ films that were shunned by audiences, Pakistani cinema finally seems to be on the road to revival and producing quality films which have garnered both critical and commercial appreciation.
Ever since the release of Khuda Kay Liye, cinema in Pakistan has seen better productions at least once a year and now it seems that the number is increasing. While we cannot match the number of films produced by our neighbour just yet, we can still happily boast of delivering multiple quality productions a year, with Shan-starrer Waar, followed by Operation 21 and the comedy thriller Na Maloom Afraad being only a few examples.
With a promising start, we’ve complied a list of 5 Pakistani movies to look forward to this year:
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1. Ho Mann Jahan
Starring the gorgeous Mahira Khan with Shehriyar Munawwar and Adeel Hussain, Ho Mann Jahan is all set to be the next big thing in Pakistani cinema. Directed by Asim Raza, the film follows the life of three college friends from distinct social backgrounds, all aspiring towards one combined goal: becoming musicians. The film features sound tracks by Atif Aslam, Zeb Bangash and Tina Sani. With the shooting wrapped up, Ho Mann Jahan is set to release later this year on Eid ul Azha.
2. Yeh Jawani Phir Nahi Aani
Thanks to Hamza Ali Abbasi’s provocative statements, Humayun Saeed’s star-studded Yeh Jawani Phir Nahi Aani has already gathered enough publicity even before the release of its trailer. YJPNA promises to be another comedy-drama movie about dominating wives ruling over their husbands. Shot in Bangkok, the film is scheduled to release this Eid ul Azha. YJPNA stars Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmad Ali Butt, Wasay Choudary and Mehwish Hayat in lead roles, with Omar Shareef and Javed Sheikh in supporting roles.
3. Dekh Magar Pyar Se
A romantic comedy based in the heart of Lahore, Dekh Magar Pyar Se is Humaima Malik’s second Pakistani flick after her critically and commercially acclaimed Bol in 2011. The stunning Malik stars against upcoming chef-turned-actor Sikander Rizvi, grandson of Madam Noor Jehan. Directed by Asad ul Haq, Dekh Magar Pyar Say is scheduled to hit cinemas this August.
4. Karachi Se Lahore
Karachi Se Lahore is another film that generated word-of-mouth publicity even before the release of the official trailer. The trailer teaser featuring a sizzling Ayesha Omar in an item number has been one of the most shared videos on social media in the past few days. Directed by Wajahat Rauf, the film stars Javed Sheikh, Ayesha Omar and Yasir Hussain. While not much has been revealed about the movie yet, Karachi Se Lahore seems to be another comedy/drama flick set to release this year.
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5. Bin Roye
It seems that 2015 is ‘Humsafar’ actress Mahira Khan’s year, with two Pakistani films and a Bollywood film opposite bollywood badshah Shah Rukh Khan in the pipeline, this actress is on a roll. Bin Roye is based on an Urdu novel Bin Roye Aansoo by writer Farhat Ishtiaq, who had also penned the novel behind blockbuster drama serial Humsafar. The movie stars veteran Humayun Saeed and has been directed by award-winning diretor Haisam Hussain. Javed Sheikh and Zeba Bakhtiar are part of the supporting cast.