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January 22, 2011
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Hema Malini, Kiron Kher being considered for Pak-India joint venture

Islamabad

January 22, 2011

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LAHORE
FOR the first time in the history of Pakistani cinema a Pak-India joint venture is being made with its entire production, shooting, and direction being executed by an Indian film director while Hema Malini and Kiron Kher are being considered for the lead roles.
This was disclosed by film producer Sohail Khan in a press briefing held at his office here on Friday. Sohail Khan, flanked by Indian film director Hasnain Hyderabadwala (The Train, Killer, Jashan fame) and his Pakistani counterpart and co-director Javaid Raza and script writer Muhammad Tariq, said the movie, Shor Sharaba, was being entirely done in Pakistan with a very minute exception, if needed, of outsourcing the music management in India at some later stage.
Sohail said the purpose of the joint venture in particular and of the Sohail Khan Productions in general had been to produce quality films. He said Shor Sharaba was a light comedy and it would be a family-oriented movie. He said 99 percent of the movie had Pakistani involvement, including the leading cast, the music score, script, lyrics, production and above all the shooting sites.
Sohail Khan, already known as harbinger of the Pak-India co-productions, including Mahesh Bhatt-Sohail Khan’s ‘Nazar’ in 2004 and ‘Aawarapun’ in 2007, has teamed up with the young Indian director Hasnain Hyderabadwala. Except the director, the rest of the key players in the Punjabi movie belong to Pakistan, including the two debutantes, in the lead male and female roles.
Hasnain Hyderabadwala looked quite excited to be in Pakistan on his first visit ever and said that contrary to the popular scary myths about the country and its people, he had a very pleasant experience. He said he had been here for a couple days and had felt absolutely at home. On making a Punjabi movie, Hasnain replied that he wanted to join the project since he wanted to try an adventure in a new direction and work with the Pakistani artistes. He said although

Pakistani film stars were not well-known in India but the Pakistani TV dramas, specially Omar Sharif’s plays, are very popular, adding that he was familiar with Pakistani artistes like Mustafa Qureshi, Bahar Begum and Humayun Saeed. He said he had seen Pakistani Punjabi film ‘Mauala Jutt’ which inspired him a lot. In reply to a query, Hasnain said that no permission was required from the Indian side to shoot or make a film in Pakistan since it was the responsibility of the Pakistani producer to get the formalities done.

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