Friday 19 June seemed like just another night at Lahore’s popular DHA Cinema. Yes, it was the first day of Ramzan but movie-buffs had gathered in huge numbers to catch the first show of the much awaited Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor dance flick ‘ABCD 2’. Due to Ramzan the show timings were tweaked a bit and the first show post-iftaar was to start at 10:45pm. The audience sat in their seats, the pre-movie commercials played, then the National Anthem ( which is a norm at DHA Cinema) and then the film finally started. About two hours later the film had progressed towards its climax and the ending was almost upon the audience when something strange happened and the crowd went berserk.
That Fast & Furious 7 would open to record sales in Pakistan was a fact that everyone knew. Well the film was an established franchise, easily one of the biggest film franchises in the world, plus the real-life death of Paul Walker( one of the main characters in the film) was further going to add to #Furious7 mania as people would see the film to pay the late actor a tribute. But no one could have thought, even in their wildest dreams, that the film would open in Pakistan the way it has.
Here I would like to mention that its a well known fact that Bollywood films connect better with the Pakistani audiences as compared to Hollywood or the local counterpart Lollywood films. Why? Well firstly there is a language barrier, which though is being taken care of with Urdu dubbing, and Bollywood appeals much more to the massed and well Lollywood has not established its firm market as of yet.
2015’s first major Pakistani release “Jalaibee” was released all over Pakistan as well as in leading International Markets yesterday. While the critics all over Pakistan have had diverse opinions on the film, the audience seems to be enjoying this “Jalaibee” which is clearly visible by the numbers it has registered at the box office. Despite the fact that the film had to face tough opposition from the World Cup Match it has still recorded huge numbers at the box office.
‘Yaar ye Pakistan hai, idhar kuch bhi hosakta hai,’ (This is Pakistan, anything can happen here). It is the sentence of life if you live in Pakistan, not only you will hear it repeatedly in your life here, but will also see the real life interpretations of it from time to time to be in complete faith with it. Just follow Pakistan cricket team for a year or so and you will know what it means.
Who hasn’t here heard of this unforgettable life named, Arfa Kareem Randhawa, the once youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in the world, then of course Malala Yousafzai, the very young, the very passionate, and the very courageous young daughter of this land who even fought death in her struggle for ‘women education’ in the country. Then we have Pakistan’s youngest band, branded as ‘The Others’, making some good name for themselves and the country in the field of music. Today you read about Pakistan’s youngest ‘Online Celebrity Magazine’ editor, Ahmed Sarym. (more…)