Instep takes a look at what the film scene will look like in 2018.
This year has turned out to be a good, if not great, run for local cinema so far. Films like Nadeem Baig’s Punjab Nahi Jaungi, Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad 2 and the most recent, Verna by Shoaib Mansoor managed to make a mark for one reason or the other. While we are looking forward to the release of three films later this year (Arth, Rangreza, Chupan Chupai), there is an even more interesting lineup of films scheduled for 2018 release. Read on…
Asim Abbasi’s directorial debut, Cake, that was expected to come out this year, is all set to release in the first quarter of 2018. Featuring Sanam Saeed, Aamina Sheikh and Adnan Malik in pivotal roles, the film promises to be a unique addition to Pakistani cinema. In an interview with Instep earlier, Saeed informed that the story centers around “family dynamics and family secrets,” which the audience will find quite relatable. She added: “It’s about aging parents and the problems that the family faces due to lack of communication and hiding the truth from each other. It’s an emotional experience unlike the commercial films. It’s deep and meaningful.”
Saat Din Mohabbat In
Starring everyone’s favourite Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar, Saat Din Mohabbat is scheduled to release on Eid ul Fitr next year. With the dynamic director-producer duo, Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur and script by Fasih Bari Khan, the film is a romantic comedy and is bound to tickle your funny bones. According to reports, it follows the life of a young man (essayed by Munawar) on a quest to find his true love and the troubles he encounters during his journey. Aside from the lead pair, Saat Din Mohabbat In also features Ayesha Omar, Mira Sethi, Amna Ilyas, Jawed Sheikh and Hina Dilpazeer in prominent roles.
Teefa In Trouble
Marking Ali Zafar’s big screen debut in Pakistan, action comedy Teefa In Trouble is also said to be releasing on Eid ul Fitr next year. Zafar will be seen romancing Maya Ali, who also makes her cinematic debut with the project that is being directed by Ahsan Rahim. We saw a glimpse of their chemistry at the Lux Style Awards stage where the two performed together for the first time. Teefa In Trouble revolves around the story of Teefa, played by Zafar who claims that the film offers something that hasn’t been done in Pakistan before and features high-end action, romance, music and dance.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2
The highly anticipated sequel to Nadeem Baig’s blockbuster Jawani Phir Nahi Ani finally has a release date. With an all-star, ensemble cast, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 is all set to release worldwide on Eid ul Azha 2018. Most of the actors who featured in the first part including Humayun Saeed, Ahmed Ali Butt, Vasay Chaudhry, Uzma Khan and Sarwat Gilani will also be a part of the sequel while it also stars some new faces: Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane and Kubra Khan. The shooting recently began in Istanbul, Turkey, and the first look of the film featuring the four male leads is promising.
With an attempt to add variety to local cinema, Imran Raza Kazmi’s upcoming suspense thriller, Parchi will also release next year. Starring Hareem Farooq, Ali Rehman Khan, Ahmed Ali Akbar and Usman Mukhtar, the film revolves around the lives of three men who land themselves into trouble and end up seeking help from an authoritative and dominant woman, played by Farooq. The film’s first teaser, released earlier this year, didn’t prove to be extraordinary but offers a new genre to cinema for sure.
PS. We are eagerly awaiting some concrete release info on Bilal Lashari’s Maula Jutt reboot but nothing has been announced yet. 2018 will also see the release of Shaan Shahid’s Zarrar, which marks the debut of model turned actress Kiran Malik. Yep, there’s a lot to anticipate.