The fourth and last quarter (October – December) of the year 2016 has started. The first two quarters of the year 2016 have proved disappointing for the local cinema where only two films Ho Mann Jahan (January) and Bachaana (February) proved successful. Both the films were released in the first quarter (January – March) of 2016. The second quarter (April – June) saw back to back struggle of local films like Hijrat, Hotal, Maalik, Mahe Mir, Aksbandh though Maalik performed a little better.
The third quarter (July – September) has been a mixed one, both the festive occasions of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha fall in it. In the third quarter there were many struggling films like Swaal 700 Crore Dollar Ka, Revenge of the Worthless, Ishq Positive, Blind Love, Dance Kahani. But there are also some successful films like Actor In Law, Janaan as well as Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai. All the three later films are released on Eidul Azha in September 2016.
In the fourth and last quarter of 2016, no Urdu film is releasing in October 2016 for multiple reason like
The first month of Islamic Hijri Calendar Muharram is falling in October. Traditionally no local film is released in the first ten days of Muharram.
Three main stream Urdu films are already released on Eidul Azha 13th September 2016 which are still earning well, so any further local release will compete for space with these Eid releases.
The Hinduism festive occasion of Diwali is also coming in October when some big banner Bollywood films are scheduled. Due to huge demand among cine goers a large proportion of the limited space and shows available in cinemas is allotted to these Bollywood movies. Two major Bollywood films Shivay and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil are expected to release on 28th October 2016 the weekend before Diwali.
In December 2016 the last month of the year, festive occasion and holiday of Christmas comes on 25th December on which some major Bollywood film is also scheduled. This year a Bollywood film Dangal is expected to release on 23rd December 2016. So in between October and December, almost a total of five or six weeks are considered a favorable window to release a local Urdu film. These five or six weeks span from start of November and last till mid of December. During this time frame absence of major Bollywood film provides considerable space to local films to perform.
This year during the same time period five Urdu films are scheduled to release.
Jeevan Hathi (جیون ہاتھی)
Jeevan Hathi (جیون ہاتھی)(The Elephant in the Room) is directed by Menu Gaur and Farjad Nabi the same team which directed a Pakistani Urdu/Punjabi film Zinda Bhaag in 2013.
Jeewan Hathi (The Elephant in the Room) is written by Faseeh Bari Khan a famous writer of Pakistani drama industry. His most famous drama is Qudusi Sahib Ki Bewah. Jeewan Hathi also stars seasoned artists Hina Dilpazeer with acclaimed Indian artist Naseerudin Shah.
The film is produced by the Indian television channel Zee Zindagi under the initiative of Zeal for Unity. In 2015 Zee Zindagi announced an initiative of Zeal for Unity, producing around 12 films for its short films festival where 6 to be directed/produced in Pakistan by Pakistani directors and team and six to be produced in India with Indian director and team. Jeevan Hathi is one of these short films.
Film: Jeevan Hathi (جیون ہاتھی)
Release Date: 4 November 2016
Genre: Dark Comdey
Starring: Naseerudin Shah, Hina Dilpazeer, Samiya Mumtaz, Adnan Jafar, Saifee Hassan, Nazarul Hassan, Fawad Khan, Kiran Tabeer
Directed by: Meenu Gaur & Farjad Nabi
Co-Produced by: Vikas Sharma
Produced by: Shailja Kejriwala, Mazhar Zaidi
Matteela Produced by: Mazhar Zaidi
DOP: Rana Kamran
Music by: Sahir Ali Bagga
Edited by: Armaghan Hasan
Written by: Faseeh Bari Khan
Zeal For Unity Presents A Matteela Films Production
Lahore Se Aagey (لاہور سے آگے)
Lahore Se Aagey (LSA) is the sequel of the film Karachi Se Lahore (کراچی سے لاہور) (KSL) released on 31st July 2015. KSL proved hit by earning nearly 10 crore.
KSL was a road trip romantic comedy story from Karachi to Lahore. LSA will take the journey further from Lahore to the scenic valley of Swat in the north west of our country. It is the story of the character of Moti (Yasir Hussain) from KSL. Apart from Yasir Hussain, no other artist from KSL is in LSA.
Paired with Yasir Hussain, Saba Qamar known for her powerful performances in many television plays is appearing in a lead role for the very first time. She earlier appeared in a supporting role in the film Manto (2015).
Veteran artist Rubina Ashraf is also making a big screen debut from this film in a supporting role.
Like Karachi Se Lahore, Lahore Se Aagay is also penned down by Yasir Hussain، directed by Wajahat Rauf. The other similarity among both films is presence of two dance numbers. Karachi Se Lahore has Rabbi Rali and Tuti Frooti, Lahore Se Aagay has Qalabaaz and Marcharapa.
Film: Lahore Se Aagay (لاہور سے آگے)
Release Date: 11 November 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring:Yasir Hussain,Saba Qamar,Mubashir Malik,Rubina Ashraf,Behroze Sabzwari,Abdullah Farhatullah,Noor ul Hassan,Atiqa Odho
Directed by:Wajahat Rauf
Produced by:Wajahat Rauf,Salman Iqbal,Asfand Farouk
Written by:Yasir Hussain
Music by:Shiraz Uppal
Edited by:Hasan Ali Khan
Production company:Showcase Productions
Distributed by:ARY Films
Dobara Phir Se (دوبارہ پھر سے)
Dobara Phir Se (DPS) is directed by Mehreen Jabbar the famous director of dramas known for her signature distinct style. It is her second film after Ramchand Pakistani (2008). While Ramchand Pakistani was more of a parallel cinema film, DPS is a mainstream commercial film.
DPS is shot in Karachi, Pakistan and Newyork state, USA. The trailer of the film was released in July 2016 where the film was expected to release around August 2016. Now it is releasing on 25th November 2016.
Atiqa Odho is appearing on big screen after a long gap where her last film was Mujhe Chaand Chahiye (2000). DPS is also the first mainstream film for Hareem Farooq, Ali Kazmi and Tooba Siddiqi. Hareem Farooq has earlier appeared in horror film Siyah (2013) and Tooba Siddiqi also appeared in a song in the film Wrong No (2015)
Film: Dobara Phir Se (دوبارہ پھر سے)
Release Date: 25 November 2016
Genre: Family Drama
Starring: Adeel Husain, Hareem Farooq, Tooba Siddiqui, Atiqa Odho, Sanam Saeed,Shaz Khan,Ali Kazmi and Musa Khan
Director: Mehreen Jabbar
Story by Bilal Sami & Mehreen Jabbar
Music: Haniya Aslam
Screenplay: Bilal Sami
Producer: Salman Iqbal, Mohammad Jerjees Seja, Mehreen Jabbar.
Co produced by: Ilana Rossein, Asif Jamal
Associate Producer: Bilal Sami.
Distributed by ARY Films
Studio:ARY Films in association with Namak Films
Salute is directed and produced by Shahzad Rafique a famous director/producer from Lahore. Shahzad Rafique has some successful Urdu/Punjabi films to his credit like Ghoonghat (1995 as producer), Nikaah (1998 as producer), Salakhain (2004 as director), Mohabtan Sachiyan (Punjabi 2009), Ishq Khuda (Punjabi film in 2014 as producer/director).
Salute is based on the real life events of Aitzaz Hassan, a school boy from Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Aitzaz Hassan sacrificed his life to save his fellow schoolmates by stopping a suicide bomber. Salute stars some big names of cinema like Saima Noor and Ajab Gull in the lead roles. Saima Noor and Ajab Gull are appearing as parents of Aitzaz Hassan character. Ali Mohtesham is appearing in the role of Aitzaz Hassan.
Salute has been under production for more than two years and is delayed multiple times. Now finally it is releasing on 2nd December 2016.
Film: Salute (سیلوٹ)
Release Date: 2 December 2016
Language: Urdu, Pasho
Starring: Ali Mohtesham,Saima Noor,Ajab Gul,Nayyar Ejaz,Pervaiz Kaleem,Adnan Khan,Rashid Mehmood,Jalal Haider,Mahnoor
Directed by:Shahzad Rafique
Produced by:Shahzad Rafique,Haji Arshad Mehmood
Written by :Shahzad Rafique
Music by: Robin Ghosh (Late),Aamir Munawar
Edited by:Mohammed Adeel PK
Production company: Cinetainment Production
Distributed by:IMGC Global Entertainment
3 Bahadur: The Revenge of Baba Balaam (تین بہادر: دی ریوینج آف بابا بالم)
3 Bahadur The Revenge of Baba Balaam (TRBB) is part of the film series 3 Bahadur released in May 2015. 3 Bahadur was the first commercial animated film of Pakistan produced by Oscar Winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. 3 Bahadur proved blockbuster by earning around 6.5 crore with a budget of around 1.5 crore.
The success of 3 Bahadur prompted Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy to come up with the second part. In our country there has been very few films produced targetting the younger audience and 3 Bahadur series is the most prominent one. The success of this film might attract investors other than Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy to produce quality content for the younger audience too.
3 Bahadur TRBB will feature the voice overs from some very prominent artists Fahad Mustafa, Ahmed Ali Butt, Sarwat Gillani, Behroz Sabzwari and Zeba Shehnaz.
Film: 3 Bahadur: The Revenge of Baba Balaam (تین بہادر: دی ریوینج آف بابا بالم)
Release Date: 15 December 2016
Starring (Voice over): Fahim Khan,Zuhab Khan,Hanzala Shahid,Arisha Razi,Behroze Sabzwari,Ahmad Ali Butt,Ali Gul Pir,Fahad Mustafa,Mustafa Changazi,Sarwat Gilani,Zeba Shehnaz,Bassam Shazli,Hammad Siddiq
Directed by:Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Produced by:Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy,Salman Iqbal,Jerjees Seja
Production company: Waadi Animations
Distributed by ARY Films
So these are the five films scheduled to release this fall in the last quarter of the year 2016.
Thanks for your time. Keep supporting Paksitani cinema.
Trailer courtesy of PakistaniCinema youtube channnel
Rashid Nazir Ali