With a number of films being made locally, the rage has only multiplied with the period of time. Not only has it provoked the patriotism of nation but also made people realize what affect and potential entertainment has on the audiences.
Genre is perhaps the most influential ingredient amongst all and here I am pleased to be revealing that from animations like 3 Bahadur and Burka Avenger to the most serious of cinema such as Manto and Moor – all of it is being studied carefully.
The category of commercial cinema, however, has not been very well defined as yet. You may not agree with me, but to me at least and a few filmmakers, the term ‘masala’ does not fully cover or represent what we call a ‘commercial’ movie. A renowned director Mehreen Jabbar describes it to be family oriented and enjoyable.
But there are people who are putting efforts to make it count. One such emerging filmmaker, who are on their way to make it big in commercial cinema in Pakistan, is Mohsin Ali.
The screenwriter of Yasir Nawaz’s Danish Taimoor and Sohai Ali Abro starrer Wrong Number, Mohsin Ali is back with yet another fun rollercoaster ride; which will also mark his directional debut into the world of cinema. With its working title ‘Chupan Chupai’, the director confirms the film to be a character and content driven movie, and to be ventured within Pakistan for the very first time! The film is being produced under the banner of Huzu Productions – which include partners, Ray Khan and Zayed Sheikh.
“We have been shooting for seven days nonstop and it has been real fun so far. The actors have been rehearsing for over a month now and we have a highly professional and talented crew. As far as the performances are concerned, you’ll surely be amazed. Our plan is to release it this year, most probably after Eid-Ul-Azha.” says Ali with immense excitement and drive in his voice.
The comical thriller film will be a star studded affair, with not only well known faces, but naturally talented artists as well. The main pair would see the beauty with brains, Neelam Muneer and the hunky Ahsan Khan. Whereas the rest of the characters will be portrayed by the theatre artist and Jalaibee fame, Adnan Jaffer, veteran actors Rehan Sheikh and Talat Hussain (who will be seen making a comeback to the big screen after over a decade) and lastly, the next big thing, Faizaan Khwaaja; who is currently busy with his Bollywood debut alongside Naseerudin Shah. The film would also feature debutants from NAPA, Ali Rizvi, Vajdaan Shah and Zayed Sheikh (who is also the co-producer) in supporting roles, and some exhilarating cameo appearances as well.
The comic thriller film promises to have a balance between action, comedy, music and romance – the perfect recipe for a perfect commercial film. Not over the top but having a moderate appeal at the same time; we can’t wait for Chupan Chupai to hit the screens latter this year. Wishing the team all the luck for an upcoming game changer!
By Ahmed Sarym