Defenders at RFF

ISPR’s ‘Defenders’ bags ‘Best Documentary Award’ at Rome Film Festival

By: Aayan Mirza

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa tweeted this Saturday evening that the ISPR produced short film, Defenders, has bagged the ‘Best Documentary Award’ in its category at Rome Film Festival. (more…)

Ali Zafar, Jami and Fahad Mustafa

Was Shaan the third choice for O21? Fahad Mustafa, Ali Zafar and Jami fight it out.

By: Aayan Mirza

Additional Input: Momin Ali Munshi

Superstar Shaan Shahid in one of his latest interviews suggested that this ‘New Pakistan Film Industry’ is merely two years in its age, the first year being that of Waar, Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, Zinda Bhaag, Chambaili and others, and the second one belonging to O21, Na Maloom Afraad, Dukhtar, Tamanna and few others that made their mark as contemporary cinema. But just as cinema in Pakistan grows, so do animosities, controversies and rivalries.

The first year brought us the row over Pakistan’s official selection for Oscars, this year it seems to have multiplied as we heard about the Bilal Lashari and Hassan Waqas Rana conflict, then we had this episode belonging to Shamoon Abbasi, then there was this issue with Capri, Bambino and Dreamland cinema, after which we have a little ongoing controversy regarding the rights of Maula Jutt remake, and now, now we bring you the latest.

More of a ‘soft conflict’, this one is about who else was offered the role of male lead in O21, other than the eventual selection of Shaan, of course. Although Shaan’s name is directly involved in this little row, but the actor has so far avoided himself from the controversy, and thus, the active fight is between Fahad Mustafa and Ali Zafar (the two claimants), and Jamshed Mahmood (Jami-the respondent – and the director of O21).

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Khaleel-ur-Rehman Qamar

Khaleel ur Rehman of Pyare Afzal and Sadqay Tumhare now writing films

By: Aayan Mirza

That’s right. The ace playwright, and the actual man behind the character of Pyare Afzal…and his eventual death; Khaleel ur Rehman Qamar, after making a great name for himself at TV, is now scripting work for the big screen for names like Humayun Saeed, Sajjad Gul and himself.

Khaleel-ur-Rehman Qamar; whose ongoing Mahira Khan and Adnan Malik starrer autobiographical serial, Sadqay Tumhare, is on its way of becoming another super hit of Pakistan’s modern TV, revealed in a recent interview with Dawn.com, that he is currently penning three scripts, one of which is for Humayun Saeed, titled, Bablu Bhai. (more…)

Amna Ilyas

Good Morning Karachi of Amna Ilyas to release in January 2015

By: Aayan Mirza

The peppy Rubina of Zinda Bhaag, model turned actor Amna Ilyas, is back again with yet another interesting but this time a far more powerful character in what looks like another marvel of Sabiha Sumar after her award winning and highly praised film, Khamosh Pani (2003).

Having already collected a good name for itself in film festivals abroad, Good Morning Karachi (previously titled; Rafina), is all set to finally release in Pakistan January next year. (more…)