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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Lollywood Movies Releasing on This Eid

Four Punjabi and five Pashto movies are scheduled to Release on This Eid-ul-Fittar on August 20, 2012.

Punjabi film Shareeka on Shabistan cinema Lahore by Syed Noor, Punjabi film Gujar da Kharak at Prince cinema Lahore by Arshad Khan, Punjabi film Sher Dil by Iqbal Kashmiri, Punjabi film Dil dian lagian.

Pashto film Toofan by Inayat Ullah Khan, Pashto film Qasm by Arbaz Khan, Pashto film Har dam khair by Arshad Khan, Pashto film Bad-Amla by Haji Nadir, Pashto film Ghadar by Ali.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Seedlings wins two awards at New York film festival


Seedlings, the Pakistani film that was screened at the New York City International Film Festival has won two major awards at the opening ceremony.
The film, produced by Bodhicitta Works, won the People’s Choice Award for Best Film and actor Aamina Sheikh won the award for Best Actress in a Lead Role.
Also known as Lamha, the film was nominated in seven categories.Seedlings was nominated for Best Film, Best Director (Mansoor Mujahid), Best Actress in a Lead Role (Aamina Sheikh), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Mohib Mirza), Best Actor in a supporting Role (Gohar Rasheed) and Best Original Screenplay (Summer Nicks).
Seedlings is a Pakistani feature film starring Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza and Gohar Rasheed. The film, which completed production in Karachi in June 2012, was directed by newcomer Mansoor Mujahid and revolves around the lives of three individuals bound together by a devastating accident. An intricately woven story of loss, forgiveness and redemption, the film explores the terrifying prospects of piecing together a broken life.

We are proud of team Seedlings


Bodhicitta Film Works’ Seedlings (Lamha) did us proud by bagging two awards at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF). After being nominated in seven categories, the film won awards for Best Actress (Aamina Sheikh) and People’s Choice Award for Best Film on Friday morning.
Winners:
Pakistani film-makers are making waves! First it was Aamina’s husband Mohib Mirza (also on team Seedlings), who was awarded Best Supporting Actor for InshAllah at the International Filmmakers Festival in Kent in 2008. This time, it’s Aamina who has made Pakistan proud by bagging an award and giving us something to celebrate this Eid. The excited actor began posting on her Twitter account well before the event began: “NYCIFF concludes tonight with its awards ceremony! Seven nominations for Seedlings! Grateful, blessed!” tweeted the young star.
As soon as the awards were announced the social networking websites were flooded with encouraging messages from fans, such as “Congratulations you guys! Pakistani is so proud of you all! The cup belongs to Pakistan.”
A big congratulations to the team from us – you guys deserve it!

Why did Veena Malik do ‘Astaghfar’?


KARACHI: 
Staying true to her title of Controversy Queen, Veena Malik has struck again by stirring up another commotion – this time with “Astaghfar”, a special Ramazan show hosted by Veena for Hero TV. Through this show, Veena aims to address ‘sinful’ societal issues while repenting the wrongs she has committed and asking for forgiveness.
In a telephonic interview with The Express Tribune, Veena shares her thoughts and feelings about this Ramazan show. When asked about “Astaghfar”, she says, “Firstly, for me, it is social norms and human behaviour in society that is the imperative subject of discussion. How should we behave with other people? What does religion say about how we should act with others? Since I hold a degree in Sociology, this interests me very much.”
Further elaborating on the line of thought she follows in her show, Veena adds, “I have always been approached by channels asking me to do political shows, to share my thoughts on what political parties are up to here in the country. But I believe these issues are not of interest to the common man. He is a frustrated individual, who faces financial instability and other problems on a daily basis. It is his problems and issues that need to be addressed – this is something that is missing on TV and channels must address it.”
Veena also realises that it is indeed the little things in life that matter, as she states, “From dealing with hard core issues, we should now be more involved in looking and solving the simple issues of life that are affecting the common man on the street.”
On the sets of “Astaghfar”, Veena often gets calls from viewers who speak to her in harsh and condescending tones, with some criticising her blatantly as well. Veena says she feels sympathy for the people who criticise her as she believes, “The way a man speaks or talks to others represents what kind of society we live in; his behaviour shows what sort of person he is and gives the impression that he is definitely living in a very frustrated society. We are often told to treat others with respect to beget respect. I definitely feel sympathy for such individuals.”
With 13 episodes on air so far, Veena seems very excited about her new venture. She believes that her show is based on a beautiful concept and also touches upon some imperative family related issues “related to father-daughter and brother-sister relationships and how they should treat each other.”
In conclusion, when asked why she chose to do this show, Veena says, “The answer is simple and very clear – to interact with people and to know their worries.”

Lollywood Movies Releasing on This Eid

Four Punjabi and five Pashto movies are scheduled to Release on This Eid-ul-Fittar on August 20, 2012.

Punjabi film Shareeka on Shabistan cinema Lahore by Syed Noor, Punjabi film Gujar da Kharak at Prince cinema Lahore by Arshad Khan, Punjabi film Sher Dil by Iqbal Kashmiri, Punjabi film Dil dian lagian.

Pashto film Toofan by Inayat Ullah Khan, Pashto film Qasm by Arbaz Khan, Pashto film Har dam khair by Arshad Khan, Pashto film Bad-Amla by Haji Nadir, Pashto film Ghadar by Ali.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lollywood Release on This EID - Article


With the release of only one new film, a low-key Eid is expected for Pakistani films this year. Syed Noor’s Shareeka is the only major production being released to audiences by Lollywood, while the much talked about Indian film Ek Tha Tiger starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif is plunged in uncertainty as prospects of censorship float.

Shareeka is a Punjabi film dubbed as Noor’s comeback, as his last film tanked at the box office last year. The film is considered to be a family affair, as the story line builds upon families who live in a joint system and the myriad of issues which come along with such an arrangement. As this system of living is a norm in Pakistan, it should be a film that most people can relate to.

When the film was announced on his birthday in February, Noor had earnestly stated that it was important that whatever work was done represented Pakistani cinema in a positive light. Since then, the hype surrounding it has increased, as big industry names such as Shaan, Saima, Mustafa Qureshi and Irfan Khoosat look to bring star power to the project.
“This is a film that is made in the right way,” says actor Irfan Khoosat, who sees Syed Noor as influential for Pakistani film as Waris Shah, the renowned Punjabi writer of “Heer Ranjha” who brought Punjabi literature on the map. “It has a proper story, and across the board, the director and actors put in all their efforts to make sure a good film was created, that too in some of the hottest times of the year,” he adds.

Khoosat, who also starred in Bol, says that it is important to win back the audience that was once hooked to Pakistani films. Without delving too much into the class debate, he said that the ‘viewing class’ is thirsty for family entertainment. “The elite can curse at us like they always do, our real worry is the family viewers who would routinely come to watch. We need them to come back,” says Khoosat.

“People are critical of Punjabi films without even watching them, which is unfortunate,” states Khoosat, who is hoping that this will change. “Critics are also important, but I think the biggest thing is that people come and watch the film and give it a try,” he added.

Prospective releases
While the Ministry of Commerce has issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) which has allowed a print of the film Ek Tha Tiger to enter Pakistan, it still waits to be approved by the censorship board. Afzal Rasheed, the manager of the company importing the film said that company was unwilling to speak on the promotion of the film until everything was cleared.
“The issue of whether the film will pass censors remains to be seen,” says Rasheed. Speaking about the prospects for Eid, he said several Hollywood films would be playing, but Shareeka would be the major release amongst Pakistani films.

Ishq Khuda starring Ahsan Khan, Meera, and Wiam Dhamani, was also expected to release this Eid, but has now been delayed to Eidul Azha. According to industry insiders, the delay is due to production issues, while director Shahzad Rafique said it was a conscious decision by the producers.
“For the betterment of the film industry, we felt we should delay the film because we did not want to compete with Syed Noor’s film. There should not be any competition between film-makers at this stage,” said Rafique.