While #DonaldTrump continues to trend on Pakistani Twitter and we are likely to see more of it in the year ahead, let’s discuss something more positive like movies.
Last year, the trajectory of Pakistan’s film industry went in the upward direction only with some of the highest grossing movies being produced and screened in the theatres around us. No wonder this has led to higher expectations from the audience who are now looking forward to 2018 with more excitement.
Also Read: Wrap-up 2017: Top Grossing Pakistani Films
Although, as of now there are no films scheduled for release in the first quarter of the year except for Parchi that will hit the screen the coming weekend, following are the Pakistani movies that we will hopefully get to watch in 2018.
1. Maula Jatt 2
The much hyped Bilal Lashari’s remake of 1979 Pakistani classic Maula Jatt is slated to land in our theatres sometime around June this year under the banner of Crew Motion Pictures. However, as the precedent goes we might see a delay in the release.
The film is already making headlines owing to the star-studded cast which includes Fawad Khan as Maula Jatt, Hamza Ali Abbasi as Noori Natt, Mahira Khan as Makhoo Jatti, Humaima Malik as Daroo Nattni, Shamoon Abbasi, Adnan Jaffar, Babar Ali and Resham. Remind you, it is the same film for which Fawad Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi went under tremendous transformation. Take a look for yourself!
A tribute to the original classic, the film is said to be Lashari’s take on Gandasa movies which are ascribed to have caused the downfall of Lollywood as some would call it; reason why so much time is being consumed by the director to make it. It will be interesting to see if new age Maula Jatt will be as good or even better!
2. Saat Din Mohabbat In
Another June release, Saat Din Mohabbat In is an upcoming romantic drama film co-directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjab Nabi, the duo which also directed Naseeruddin Shah starrer, critically acclaimed Pakistani film Zinda Bhaag.
Written by Fasih Bari Khan and produced by Dawn Films and IMGC Global Entertainment, the plot revolves around a young lad trying to find his true love in a crammed metropolitan of Pakistan and features Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar in lead roles. The cast also includes seasoned actors like Javed Sheikh, Hina Dilpazeer, Mira Sethi, Amna Ilyas, Ayesha Omer, Imran Aslam and Rimal Ali.
3. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2
A sequel of Pakistani hit Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is expected to release on Eid-ul-Adha this year. The cast of the comedy drama is almost the same starring Humayun Saeed, Ahmed Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Uzma Khan, Sarwat Gilani with Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan replacing Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ayesha Khan and Mehwish Hayat.
Due to a successful prequel, hopes are pretty high from the director Nadeem Beyg. Let’s see if he will be able to live up to the expectations.
4. Dajjal the Slayer and His Followers
Animated feature films are always a source of excitement for Pakistani audience. The case is no different here! Scheduled for release in October, Dajjal the Slayer and His Followers is an animated action thriller written, directed and produced by Rana Abrar. The plot entails a unique explanation of the Middle East crises. Names of the voice artists have not been revealed yet.
With all these films lined up ahead, we hope that the movement of Pakistani Cinema’s revival will further be consolidated this year!