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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Showered with rose petals, Naseeruddin Shah 'comes home'

LAHORE: Under a shower of rose petals and cheers from fans, veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah “came home” as he and his family along with three fellow actors touched down in Lahore on Wednesday evening, Express News reported.
The veteran Bollywood actor who is widely revered in Pakistan, arrived on a seven day tour of Pakistan during which he will act in a play for the Faiz Foundation.
“We will do two shows of our drama based on Ismat Chughtai’s stories for Faiz Foundation. These shows will be staged on December 1 and 2 at the Alhamra centre,” the veteran actor told the gathered media.
“The love I get here, I do not have the words to describe that. I don’t feel scared at all here. It feels like…like I have come back home,” Shah said.
Shah has previously worked in Pakistani stage and celluloid productions, most famously in the 2007 film Khuda Ke Liye. A few years ago, he had performed in a similar stage play at the Alhamra Theatre.
The good news is that Pakistani audiences may yet see more of Shah than just on the Alhamra stage. The veteran Bollywood actor features in the Pakistani Punjabi productionZinda Bhaag slated for a December release.
“[The film] is in its final stages, it involves filmmakers from here, Farjad Nabi and Meenu [Gaur].”
He aims to return to Pakistan for the premiere of the film.

Film academy to be established in capital

The government will set up a film academy in Islamabad and a film laboratory in Lahore to help revive the Pakistani film industry. The Ministry of National Heritage and Solidarity (NHS) has prepared a plan for the two projects, said officials.
NHS Federal Secretary Asif Ghafoor said, “We believe setting up a film academy and a laboratory will go a long way in reviving the film industry.”
Work on the academy will begin in 2013, he added. Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had announced eight acres of land in sector H-8/1 for the construction of the academy.
Ghafoor said they will make a film division in the ministry, which will overlook affairs pertaining to films. He added that the government will also set up a cinema in the city, a long standing demand of Islamabadis.
Noted director Syed Noor, however, said the academy should not be made in Islamabad, and instead in Lahore. He explained that most people belonging to the film industry live in Lahore.

Are the Turks (soaps) really coming to kill us?

“Ishq-e-Mamnoon” came, aired and gloriously conquered the Pakistani drama industry.  It was a bold and risky idea to air a translated series on national television but the drama received unexpectedly high ratings from the local audience.
The Urdu translation of this Turkish soap is considered to be infectious by its viewers and while some Pakistani writers, directors, and producers take it as a healthy competition, others believe it’s a grave threat.
“Our local production standards are very low; if we don’t raise them then in no time these dramas can eat us up,” says Rashid Khwaja — President of United Producers’ Association (UPA). “However, stopping the influx of foreign content is not the solution,” Khwaja tells The Express Tribune.
“The consumer will not let it happen because now we live in a global village and he will find access to it somehow but the stakeholders need to sit down and develop a new model of ‘high-scale drama production’ that is economically feasible to both, the producer and the channel,” says Khwaja.
Globally there are two TV models; “Ishq-e-Mamnoon” falls into the model in which producers hold he rights to the drama and recover the cost after airing them in their own country first. After cost recovery, the drama is available for other countries at a very low rate which is when the profit rolls in. The other model is what India follows. The channels, instead of producers, invest in a big scale production and become sole owners of the project.
Pakistan, however, doesn’t follow either model. The production houses make serials for approximately 6 lacs per episode and sell it to the channel for a profit of up to 2 lacs per episode;  making the producer’s profit significantly low. This scenario results in more and more low quality entertainment for the channels.
TV director Azfar Ali, best known for sitcom “Sab set hai,” says that it’s not always about the size of a production. “I think the arrival of these soaps should give us a chance to boost our own industry standards,” says Ali. “Frankly speaking, it’s a pleasant change in time of a vacuum.” Ali believes it’s a matter of taking risks. He disagrees with the theory that investing more or giving producers the rights of the drama is going to change anything.
“You’ll laugh if I tell you the budget of ‘Sab Set Hai,’ but it changed your language — right?” asks Ali with a laugh. “The problem is that the producers now rely too much on research to get the ratings and play it very safe; but the ones who takes risks pose a threat to the status quo.”
Renowned Urdu writer Syed Mohammad Ahmed believes that the Turkish soaps are not only a threat to the drama industry, but also to Pakistani culture.“This is absolute cheating with the local drama industry!” says Ahmed. “You can’t get more ridiculous and insane about art then those Turkish soaps; if you think that works then we are not short of seeing a day where nude films are dubbed in Urdu and aired as well.”
“If things go on like this, then it won’t take much time for Pakistani artists to go jobless,” says Ahmed.
On the other hand, veteran television and stage writer-director Khalid Ahmed says he is glad that better quality programming is being broadcast in Pakistan; however, he also thinks that the rest of the Turkish soaps will not be as popular.
Khalid says the ratings of the Turkish soap didn’t shock him. “It didn’t surprise me at all. ‘Ishq-e-Mamnoon’ is a mega hit all over the Middle East; but to say that more Turkish soaps will have the same impact is na├»ve because there is a huge cultural barrier that would eventually come in to play,” says Khalid.
On the other hand, senior actor Talat Hussain believes otherwise. “These dramas show a more liberal Muslim society which our viewers want to see and feel,” says Hussain “But does that mean that these programmes should be allowed in Pakistan? Certainly not — until or unless a dubbed Pakistani drama is playing in Turkey.” Hussain also added that the cultural similarity is going to cost us.
One of the leading actors and producers in the country, Humayun Saeed, believes that not only are the producers suffering, but a coffin is also being prepared for the leading actors in the country. “Since Shahrukh Khan is the biggest actor in Pakistan, whatever remains of TV stardom will be engulfed by these Turkish serials,” says Saeed.  “I don’t want to see a future where I am going to do voice acting on someone else’s face; that is simply outrageous!”
His main concern is that the drama industry was the only industry that has continuously flourished. “If such serials start running regularly, then there will be no audience for Pakistani content,” said Saeed.
The professionals of the Pakistani drama industry have mixed opinions on what can be considered the biggest foreign invasion on Pakistani television since the Star Plus soaps. But they do agree that foreign soaps may end their careers, invade their industry and influence Pakistani culture.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Film “Medhi Shadi Karao” Ready to rock the world

“Medhi Shadi Karao” Info
Tele Film:    Medhi Shadi Karao
Director:    Naseem Haider Shah
Producer:    Akmal Wagi
Cameraman:    Aftab Ahmed
Actors:        Nawaz Anjum, Skhawat Naz, Dua Qureshi, Farah Naz, Javaid Kudoo, Aamir Sohna, Sikandar Khan, Ajmal Dewaan, Raheela Aagha, Lucky Dear, Ashraf Rahi, Tahir Noushad, Bnidya, Tausif, Neeha Malik, Niazi, Naina Balooch, Aamira Shah, Lala Shahzad and Akmal Wagi.
Releasing Date:    April 2012
Released by:    Wagi Productions, Lahore – 0306-8717272

Hum Aik Hain(2004) - Complete Pakistani Urdu Movie by Syed Noor

Hum Ek Hain is a Pakistani Urdu film directed by Syed Noor which was released across theaters in Pakistan in November 2004. It stars Shaan, Saima, Shamyl Khan, Haidar Sultan. The title was meant to be "786" but the Censor Board Members did not approve of "786" so it was changed to "Hum Ek Hain".
Directed bySyed Noor
Music byM. Arshad
Release date(s)November, 2004


  • Shaan
  • Saima
  • Shamyl Khan
  • Haider Sultan
Hum Aik Hain - Complete Movie

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Veena Malik arrested on Nagna Satyam shooting set

Shocked! Dont worry folks! It was indeed a scene shot for her upcoming Telugu movie Nagna Satyam. The actress was shooting at Hyderabad for a scene, where she is grabbed by the police and prisoned. After completing the shoot the actress expressed her experience in enacting the scene. She revealed that, it was the toughest part in the film as the feeling which she gets while arrested is speechless. She further added that she is happy to get the experience of it and would try to give her best in it. 

Nagna Satyam directed by Rama Rao, debuts Veena Malik in the Telugu industry. Apart from that, the actress will also be seen in an upcoming Bollywood flick The City That Never Sleeps which is produced by Satish Reddy and directed by Haroon Rashid.

PTV Home “Takmeel” OST (Listen/Download Mp3)

Artists: Nazish Alvi, Sanwal, Saima Mumtaz
Song: Kuch Lamhay
Ost: Takmeel
Lyrics: Manzar Hussain Akhtar
Music: Ahsan Nasir
Editing: Shahzad Akbar Chughtai
Written By: Asif Hanif Mehar
Directed By: Asad Jamil
Cast: Jana Malik, Asad Malik, Pakeeza Saeed, Farooqzameer, Azra Aftab, Tahira Imam, Reema Malik, Mohsin Gilani, Roohi Khan, Sumera Yusaf, Tanvir Hussain
Network: PTV Home
Download Takmeel OST Mp3!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

First full fledge 3D animated music video of Pakistan!

After successful hits like “Silsilay — The Early Days”, “Kaanch”, “Pal Bhar” and “Aurat Aur Mard”, former video jockey (VJ) and singer Tahir Aly Shah is back with a new song “Waadey”. But what makes “Waadey” interesting, is its 3D animated music video — the first of its kind in Pakistan.
It all started about a year back when animator and film-maker Malik Gillani, who has worked on many national and international projects like Bankay Mian Ki Qawali,Commander SafeguardDettol Warriors and most recently a Hollywood movie Mega Spider, uploaded a teaser of his short film Crumbled on YouTube and Facebook.
The short film attracted a lot of attention and eventually Shah and Gillani came together with the notion of doing something out of the box and hence, “Waadey” was created.