With the release of Teefa in Trouble, Pakistan’s film industry has broken from the ‘struggling’ tag and graduated to a promising one and the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha is all set to further strengthen that claim. With as many as three films set for release on Eid, the cinegoers will be in for a treat. While one film will give the audience goosebumps due to its patriotic feel, another will make them laugh at every dialogue whereas an experimental romantic comedy is there too as the third option. Let’s take a look at all these three films so that you can decide which film to watch first, and which film to watch after the holidays are over.
Parwaaz Hai Junoon
Cast: Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir, Ahad Raza Mir, Shaz Khan, Kubra Khan, Alamdar Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Adnan Jaffar, Shafaat Ali, Mustafa Changezi, Asif Raza Mir, Marina Khan, Hina Khawaja Bayat
Written by: Farhat Ishtiaq
Directed by: Haseeb Hasan
Patriotic feel, romantic storyline and action sequences that take place in the air, that’s Parwaaz Hai Junoon for you; it is not just the first film supported by the Pakistan Air Force in 50 years but also seems set to raise the standard of filmmaking in Pakistan. Directed by first-time film director Haseeb Hasan and written by popular drama writer Farhat Ishtiaq, Parwaaz Hai Junoon features a star cast led by Hamza Ali Abbasi who plays a PAF Fighter Pilot. You will get to see the heartthrobs Ahad Raza Mir as well as Hania Aamir in the PAF uniform and get inspired to do something for the country. Speaking about his role, Hamza Ali Abbasi said that it was an honor to play an Air Force officer and that he enjoyed every day amongst Pakistan’s finest. ‘It was a great learning experience for me because I got to spend time with the real-life cadets and even had the privilege to sit in one of the planes for an action sequence; the cadets later told me that they envied me because they would get to do the same after a handful of years’ training.’
On the other hand, Hania Aamir said that the film taught her many lessons in life such as the importance of being punctual. ‘When I was offered the role, I had no idea how much fun I would have during the shoot; I play a cadet who leaves everything to join the Pakistan Air Force and goes past every obstacle to become a Fighter Pilot.’ Her co-star Ahad Raza Mir, who wasn’t the first choice for the role (Osman Khalid Butt was) considered it an honor to visit places as an actor where usually people don’t have access to. ‘Pakistan is a beautiful country and I got to know that when I visited the Naltar Valley, the PAF Air Bases etc. which are places a normal person isn’t usually allowed to enter. My role is that of a Fighter Pilot but the best part was training with the cadets, following their routine, acting cool with them and all that gave me adrenaline rush as a Pakistani and as an actor.’
The film’s director Haseeb Hasan added that without the support from the Armed Forces, this film wouldn’t have been possible. ‘Working with the Air Force was an honor and it would have been very difficult had they not been part of the production. They were there to guide us every step of the way and I am sure that when people will watch the film, their patriotism will go sky high.’
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2
Cast: Humayun Saeed, Kubra Khan, Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane, Ahmad Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Sarwat Gillani, Uzma Khan, Sohail Ahmed, Kanwaljit Singh, Omer Shehzad
Written by: Vasay Chaudhry
Directed by: Nadeem Baig
Humayun Saeed and his gang of loser friends are joined by Fahad Mustafa in the sequel to the most successful franchise of all times. Just like Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Vasay Chaudhry writes and Nadeem Baig directs while the rest prepare for a wedding that will cost them a lot more than their happiness. Most of the cast returns from the original flick except Mehwish Hayat and Sohai Ali Abro, while Kubra Khan, Bollywood actor Kanwaljit Singh, Mawra Hocane, and Fahad Mustafa join the series as important characters. The writer Vasay Chaudhry, while talking about the film, said that ‘half of the story takes place in Istanbul, Turkey whereas the other half takes places in the United Arab Emirates. We have tried to be as funny as last time and I am hopeful that the audience will give us the same kind of love they showered on us the last time.’
The film’s director Nadeem Baig believes that the trailer may look grand but that was not a forced effort from his part. ‘The story demanded the grand scale and that’s why we went for it; had that not been a requirement we might not have gone there. The film has many surprises for the audience so the audience will have to watch it as soon as it’s released, otherwise, spoilers will ruin the fun for them.’
The film’s leading man Humayun Saeed is now considered the most bankable film actor around, considering he has played the lead in three of the top 5 Pakistani films of all times – Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Bin Roye. However, he isn’t happy with the fact that the three films will be releasing on Eid-ul-Azha and that such a step will affect all three films. ‘On one hand, it’s a good thing that Pakistan is able to produce three potential blockbusters in a year while on the other hand, it would have been great had Parwaaz Hai Junoon released a little later, considering they announced their release date way late than ours. From a business point of view, it seems like a step that could have been avoided and I sincerely hope that all three films do well at the box office.’
Cast: Fahad Mustafa, Mehwish Hayat, Faiza Hasan, Samina Ahmed, Noor ul Hasan, Qaiser Piya
Written by: Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi
Directed by: Nabeel Qureshi
And then there is the cheekily titled Load Wedding from the makers of Na Maloom Afraad and Actor In Law. Unlike the last three films from the Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi camp, this one takes place in Punjab instead of Karachi and all the actors had to adopt the local accent which they successfully have, as is evident from the trailer. The film features the hit duo of Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa who set the screen on fire in Actor in Law two years back; here Mehwish plays a lady health worker while Fahad is the Romeo who wants to marry her; the biggest (or one should say the heaviest) obstacle in the way is Baby Baji (Faiza Hasan) who is the elder sister of Fahad’s character and is still waiting for her Prince Charming; until and unless she gets married, the Romeo in Raja will have to wait.
Fahad Mustafa isn’t worried about the simultaneous release of two films this Eid, in fact, he is more than happy to be a part of two films in two different get-ups. When asked whether it was difficult to play the village Romeo, Fahad replied in negative. ‘I am an actor and it is my job to convince people that I am the character on the screen, not just someone who is playing a character. Even in this film, my get up and my accent is different and the reaction we received from the local people told us that we were on the right path. With Fizza and Nabeel, this is my fourth film and I always enjoy working with them and the experience of Load Wedding hasn’t been any different.’
When the makers of Load Wedding were asked about the film’s interesting title and possible story, they smiled and asked all to watch the film to know what it’s all about. Fizza Ali Meerza who has co-produced the film with Mehdi Ali believes that the reason to switch to Punjab this time around was a planned one as the area is rich with stories; Director Nabeel Qureshi joked that he was short of locations in Karachi and that’s why they shifted to Punjab. Whatever the reasons, one thing is certain that the duo will be at their very best and their fourth film together will make the audience laugh and then ponder on a serious subject, again.
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