Faran Tahir joins Shaz Khan directing debut in “The Martial Artist”

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London(Cliff News)Acclaimed Pakistani Actor Shaz Khan joins hands with renowned Hollywood actor-producer Faran Tahir, for his directorial debut film ‘The Martial Artist’. Both were present in London at a press conference during a trip to London to watch an exclusive Brave MMA event. Khan shared his story of how he had always envisioned making films that tell universal stories for the global audience that have Pakistanis/Desis as the main characters. “The Martial Artist is a sports action drama dealing with the main character’s rise in the MMA world in California and after suffering a horrific loss his journey back to his homeland where he connects with his roots and has a spiritual awakening that leads to his comeback,” adds Khan when asked about the storyline. Earlier this year intense footage of Shaz Khan’s training for the project was released on social media which saw the actor-director learning jiu jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling to prepare for the movie. Faran Tahir saw the potential of the project showing not only an immigrant story but an authentic lens Into the mixed martial arts world. Being a Hollywood staple he came on as a producer and is also playing one of the main characters in the story. It’s simple from my end if you want to see brown faces on the global screen, we have to create those stories ourselves” commented Tahir at the press conference. “ The cross cultural film is based on the story of two Pakistani-American MMA fighters rising up the ranks in California and eventual journey back to the motherland. Shot between the U.S. and Pakistan, ‘The Martial Artist’ will be the first global sports action drama that has Pakistani actors as leads with a universal story exploring relevant themes. In the film Khan will be playing the lead role and also producing alongside his co-producers Faisal Rehman & Faraz Khan of Impact Films, Joseph Faulk and Brian Aspinwall – Shaz Khan’s long time creative collaborators. Khan is represented by his lawyer Elsa Ramo in Beverly Hills. Details of when the movie be released will be disclosed at a later date.

BFFs launch their first web series on 19th July 2019

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Karachi (Cliff News) Imagine Nation pictures (IN) is a new venture by 4 upcoming filmmakers namely Sami Rehman (of Bekaar Films fame), Rida Zahra, Ghania Asad and Sidrah Jamil. IN was formed in the hopes of further exploring the web series market in Pakistan and later dabbling into films and other media. IN’s goal is to present a range of different genres and exciting content that would inspire the Pakistani youth.“BFFs” (meaning Best Friends Forever) is their first web series and will be premiering on the 19th of July 2019 on Youtube. KFC Pakistan has teamed up with IN and is onboard as the official food partner for the web series. BFFs comprises of a total of 6 Episodes. They will release each Episode every Friday respectively.BFFs is a light-hearted, youth centric and a fourth-wall-breaking, experimental comedy. Something to be enjoyed by friends and family alike. The series focuses on two crazy best friends (Rida & Sami), who chose friendship over love – when given an ultimatum. In order to save their 20 year friendship, the two decided to get married and stay ‘best friends forever’, without even having an ounce of romance between them. Life after marriage was of course, not as easy as the both of them had imagined. The series contains some special appearances by a few well known youtubers (namely Bekaar Films).The teaser was released on the 2nd of July and has received a lot of love from the people – it has reached more than 115,000 views on Facebook alone.IN launched the official trailer with KFC on the 10th of July 2019 at KFC ittehad outlet.  KFC Pakistan exclusively hosted the official trailer launch event.

LINK TO THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_0ekfLlNak

Mr. Noor Alam, the Chief Marketing Officer – KFC, graced the event with his presence and shared his thoughts on the partnership. He stated:“KFC Pakistan has always been highly spirited to explore avenues that connect KFC with youth and the brand is enthralled to support local content like BFFs. Through this partnership, we once again remind our audience that KFC is a brand that is young by heart and feels pride to promote and support local entertainment industry. We accolade the hard work of the young talented individuals and wish them all luck for the venture’s success.”We are also grateful to the Assistant Brand Manager – KFC, Nigah- e-Hasnain for her thorough support.

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SHERDIL to be released internationally on April 12th by Zashko Films

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Karachi(Cliff News)The patriotic film, SHERDIL, which was released all over Pakistan on Resolution Day, created a lot of buzz and was highly appreciated by the masses. Post Indo-Pak tension, the storyline of the movie was quite relatable with the current situation of the country.The film highlights a life of a pilot played by Mikaal Zulfiqar, and how he learns the significance of duty, honour and love for one’s country.
The latest development is that the film is all set to be released on April 12th, written and produced by Col Nomaan Khan, and directed by Azfar Jafri (of ‘Parchi’ and ‘Janaan’ fame), ‘Sher Dil’ is set in the backdrop of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). The film will be released in the UK, US, Canada, UAE, and Scandinavian countries by Zashko films as the official distributor, which is an international film distribution company owned by Actor Producer Shayan Khan (Na Band Na Baraati), while Exxodous Pictures as executive producers for UK, USA, and Canada and is expected to bring more business to the Pakistani cinema worldwide, after doing a business of 80 million on box offices locally.
Model turned actor, Mikaal Zulifqar is on cloud nine enjoying all the praising and appreciation by the public and critics. The lead actor of the film, took to his Instagram and thanked everyone who has watched the film and are planning to watch. “Thank you Pakistan for your amazing response. Sherdil becomes the highest opening and highest opening weekend film of 2019. These figures are more than amazing for a Pakistan only release and it is definitely among top 5 [Pakistani] films of all times,” he wrote.
The film also stars Armeena Rana Khan, Hassan Niazi and Sabeeka Imam in pivotal roles. After winning hearts of Pakistani audience, Sherdil is all set to conquer international market as well.

Egyptian movie 122 releasing in Pakistani cinemas

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Karachi(Cliff News)ABA Associates Private Limited (ABA), distributors of the Egyptian suspense and thrill-packed movie, 122, dubbed in Urdu,has proudly released the mind-blowing trailer of their film, creating anticipation and excitement among cinema-going audiences in Pakistan who are looking forward to this first-timeever Egyptian production release in the country.The movie is a collection of exciting genres laced with adventure, suspense, action, thrill, and eternal love. The plot revolves around a couple that gets embroiled in an unfortunate incident only to find itself caught in even more danger when they reach out for help. Their only aim is to survive the night and escape in one piece.Known for their immeasurable talent, the eminent cast of 122 includes Tarek Lotfi, Ahmed Daoud, Amina Khalil, Ahmed Al-Fishawi, Mohammad Lutfi, Jihane Khalil, Mohammed Mamdouh and many more. The movie is directed by Yasir Al Yasiri,one of the renowned directors of the Arab world, highly popular for his brilliant directions, produced by Saif Oraibi, written by Salah Al Gehiny, while the editor is Amr Akef, DOP is Ahmed Kardous and line producer is Mohamed Nassar.The movie has been launched in Egypt earlier this month and will beinternationally launched on January 12,2019. It has been brought to Pakistan for nationwide release on January 18, 2019by ABA Associates Private Limited (ABA).A first for Pakistan where an Egyptian movie, dubbed in Urdu will be hitting screens in Pakistan, it is expected that it will meet as rave reviews here as it has already received in Egypt, as the Egyptian film industry is at par with Hollywood and Bollywood standards. This movie is the first step towards building strongerrelations with UAE and Egypt, which arelooking forward to bringing more of theirmovies to our cinemas and furthering ties between our countries.Speaking about the trailer launch of 122, Ali Chaudhry, CEO of ABA Associates said, “We are really excited to bring the first Egyptian movie to Pakistan and think that such Arab movies have huge potential to do very well here owing to their use of advance technology and meeting international standards”.Project co-partner, Saleem Daad, also renowned director of cinematography, said, “I am also looking forward to bringing many more films to our market for I feel the time is just right to invest in such partnerships with our neighboringArab countries.”Classification and rating of film: Action-thriller and Suspense, suitable for all

About ABA Associates Private Limited (ABA):

ABA comprises a team of professional,technical and financial experts, withresources and required infrastructure for not only dubbing/translating any Arabic/ GCC and foreign language film, but also efficientlyhandling its distribution andlaunch in Pakistan through its exclusive distribution department. ABA is in concrete negotiations with international distributors to bring more foreign language films meeting theinternational standards of contemporary cinema, forrelease in Urdu version in Pakistan.Through its sister concerns, ABA also has the capability to arrange and facilitate the shooting of foreign moviesat any desired location in Pakistan by offering them technical equipment andlogistics support.

 

 

SJP Films confirms its 2nd feature titled “Middle Class”

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Karachi(Cliff News)Sadia Jabbar Productions confirms its 2nd feature film titled “Middle class”.The production will hit the floor next summer and it will be released in 2020. The story of the film revolves around the dreams & desire of Pakistani middle class. It’s going to be an entertainment ride while highlighting some issues of Pakistani middle class in a thought provoking manner, new perceptions on our society and is bound to provide thought provoking content.In collaboration with HKC Entertainment, Cine Star and SadiaJabbar Productions.

Shehrbano Saiyid’s film promoting women’s mountaineering, Wakhi poets and musicians

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Islamabad(Cliff News)The Unknown Mountaineers written, directed, and produced by Shehrbano Saiyid, screened by the Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) in April 2018, has been selected by the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) and the Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) in Glasgow UK for screenings in September. The film is about a group of aspiring women climbers from Shimshal, a remote valley in northern Pakistan. The documentary follows 18-year-old Hameeda Bibi and her friends who learnt technical high-altitude mountain-climbing from the men in their community, because their financial circumstances prevented them from going to school. These men work as porters and guides in mountain tourism which, along with agriculture, forms the economic backbone of Gilgit Baltistan. Shimshal is at an altitude of 10,000ft: with rugged terrain, single cropping, and little grazing ground near the villages, life is brutal, and breeds people with a natural capacity for high-altitude mountaineering.The men scrape a living by risking their lives in one of the most dangerous sports in the world, but many have developed a passion for it, and inspired their women to follow their mountaineering dreams as well. Regular trainings make these dreams possible, but without the means, education, and sponsorship the women depend on subsistence farming and yak herding despite having set national records, including conquering a 20,000ft summit in the winter.This film follows their expeditions while highlighting the harshness of their lives in these extreme climate and terrain conditions, the richness of their culture, poetry, music, the love of their ancestral lands and their pride in their long heritage of survival. It aims to give these eight Pakistani sherpa women in particular, as well as the featured Wakhi poets and musicians, the recognition they deserve.

It’s a story of strength, struggle and survival set in a breathtaking landscape about a people who dare to dream.
Shehrbano Saiyid is a Social Sciences graduate from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and has a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a freelance documentary filmmaker and was reporter/writer at Geo News, consultant at Aga Khan Rural Support Program based in Skardu, Gilgit Baltistan, and editorial head at Coke Studio.

Back to back successful Premieres of “LoadWedding” in Karachi,Lahore and Dubai

[Post Press Release] Back to Back Premieres of Load Wedding Took Media by Storm (5)Karachi(Cliff News)The premieres of the much-anticipated film “Load Wedding” – a social comedy / family drama by Filmwala Pictures and Geo Films, were held in Lahore, Dubai and Karachi on 18th, 19th and 21st of Augustrespectively.A number of luminaries graced the premieres including Faysal Qureshi, Aijaz Aslam, Adnan Siddiqui, Angeline Malik, Abdullah Kadwani, Ayesha Omar, Bilal Ashraf, Humayun Saeed, Bilal Lashari, Amanat Ali etc.The film is enthralling with the right amount of comedy and flawless dance moves. The captivating plot revolves around Raja, who is head over heels for Meeru, and his struggles to marry his first and only love. The movie also highlights the sensitive topic of dowry without any serious undertones, so that people can perceive the intended messages in a lighter mood.Fizza Ali Meerza, CEO Filmwala Pictures was all smiles at the premiere and claimed, “It is a surreal feeling to see people’s reaction to Load Wedding at the premiere of the movie because we have put our heart and soul into Load Wedding. I am expecting an incredible response at the release of the movie due to the immensity of love people have shown right from the beginning of Load Wedding.”Nabeel Qureshi, Director Load Wedding excitedly stated, “The response we received in each premiere was literally phenomenal and I am sure that the movie will bring out the same response from the audience once it releases.”Load Wedding has been earning rave reviews since its first trailer release. The movie was released by Distribution Club in Pakistan and Zee International Studios worldwide this Eid-ul-Azha and has been taking cinema fanatics by storm from past two days.

About Filmwala Pictures:

Filmwala Pictures is one of the biggest Pakistani Film Production Company founded by Fizza Ali Meerza who has proven to be a pioneer in the film business and contributed immensely in the revival of the Pakistani Film industry. The dream team of Fizza Ali Meerzaalong with Nabeel Quershi; director and co-writer, have managed to give back to back block buster hits since 2014.Filmwala Pictures acknowledges films as a medium, as a tool to change, hence they aim to create entertaining films on a good scale that showcases the problems faced by our people at a grass root level while also giving a positive message for the society.

[Post Press Release] Back to Back Premieres of Load Wedding Took Media by Storm (7)