There have been some major developments in Pakistan’s cinematic industries for some time now in a manner that leads many of us to think that the industry has truly been remade. Despite the overwhelming shadow of Bollywood and the less than satisfactory situation of censorship in the country, a great deal of progress has led to some harrowing, honest and beautifully executed film pieces such as the 2017 film Verna, where actress Mahira Khan portrayed a rape victim. Such films have since showcased that the Pakistani film industry has the ability to produce good scripts, which can do a great deal for raising awareness about social related issues.
This has paved the way for many others to get involved with the industry, and a great deal of younger, more imaginative producers, writers and directors have come to the forefront. While of course you will find the more Bollywood blockbuster-esque movies produced in Pakistan to have a greater deal of commercial success, that does not mean that there is a lack of appreciation for films that are more serious and understated. On top of that, there is even a whole different section devoted to animation as well! There is definitely no bounds or end to the Pakistani film industry.
And while Covid-19 has had her fair share of delaying movie releases all over the world, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of which upcoming Pakistani movies you can look out for just in time with cinemas being reopened!
The Glassworker is an upcoming Pakistani Urdu-language animated film directed by Usman Riaz. It is Pakistan's first hand drawn anime-influenced animated film. It is set to be released sometime next year in 2022.
Khel Khel Mein
Khel Khel Mein became the first Pakistani release of the year, directed and written by Nabeel Qureshi and produced by Fizza Ali Meerza. It stars Bilal Abbas Khan and Sajal Aly, with a plot related to the Liberation War of Bangladesh, the country which was formerly known as East Pakistan. The film is set to release on 19 November 2021 when it will hit cinemas across the country.
Ghabrana Nahi Hai
Ghabrana Nahi Hai is an upcoming Pakistani film starring popular actors- like Saba Qamar, Nayyer Ejaz, Syed Jibran, Zahid Ahmed. Jamil Baig is the producer and director Saqib Khan will also be making his directorial debut.
A spin-off of Mirza’s 2006 satirical television series Ishrat Baji, ‘Ishrat Made In China’ is an action comedy film which revolves around gang rivalries. The movie will introduce fashion designer HSY in a negative role. The film is an action flick which revolves around gang rivalries and is scheduled for release sometime soon. This film is Mohib Mirza’s directorial debut.
As a fan of the kitsch-horror genre, we whole heartedly welcome the comedy-horror genre to Pakistan. Give us zombies any time! Directed by Abu Aleeha, we are really looking forward to this ground breaking genre in Pakistan.