With Eid ul Fitr just around the corner, local cinemas have opened advance reservations for Pakistani films. Anticipation is high as cinemas will be packed with people after a long break. Now is the best time to buy your tickets as we think it will be difficult to get seats later.
Why? Because Pakistani filmmakers are delivering entertaining family content in this festive season. We have five local versions, directed by renowned directors with some of our most beloved Pakistani stars. There will be first performances, new genres, new concepts and lots of music and comedy.
something high gives you a rundown of the movies hitting theaters this Eid ul Fitr, along with their strengths and weaknesses to help you make a wise decision on which order to watch them in.
1. Dum Mastam
Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan will make their film debuts with Dum Mastam, a romantic comedy based in downtown Lahore.
Written by leading lady Amar Khan and directed by Ehteshamuddin, the film is a dramatic and vibrant commentary on artistic aspirations, setbacks, jealousy, the chaos of love and how it translates into so much more.
Imran Ashraf plays roadside, action-hero Romeo as Bao, while Amar as Alia is a free-spirited girl uninterested in the trappings of love. She aspires to become a star performer. However, it seems fate will turn Bao into a singing sensation.
What works for this: If Adnan Siddiqui (producer), Ehteshamuddin and Amar Khan are all very invested in the film, we feel that it rests on the shoulders of Imran Ashraf and his brass band will play a major role in its success. Moreover, the film is full of colorful imagery, romance, drama, energetic dance numbers and Punjabi humor that will make your Eid filled with love and laughter. It’s a musical, so the soundtrack should be good and what we’ve heard of it so far leaves us with something to look forward to.
What worries us: Being Imran and Amar’s film debut, the two TV stars will need to have a strong presence and charisma on the big screen to build crackling chemistry. Will they be able to deliver?
Produced by Adnan Siddiqui and Akhtar Hasnain for Cereal Entertainment, Dum Mastam is distributed by HUM Films.
With Ahsan Khan, Neelum Muneer Khan and Yasir Nawaz in the lead, Chakkar is a “shocking and intriguing” murder mystery and thriller as its trailer claims. The film is written by Yasir, Zaffer Imran and Syed Jibran.
This will be Yasir’s fourth film as a director and this time he explores a new genre. Neelum has a dual role in the film: she plays Mehreen, who is Kabir’s wife, as well as her identical sister Zara Khan who is a superstar. Zara is infamous for being a hard diva to work with, and Kabir (Ahsan) doesn’t like her sister-in-law either. But one fateful day, Zara asks her sister to switch places with her and someone kills her. Inspector Shahzad (Yasir) investigates the murder.
What works for this: In the sea of romantic comedies we are used to watching in Pakistan, Chakkar is a thriller that has dance numbers, action sequences, romantic ballads in scenic locations, lots of punches and slaps, suspense and drama. It looks like the perfect popcorn artist.
What worries us: We sincerely hope that a closely related murder mystery lies at the heart of it all. masala and it doesn’t end in a mess.
Produced by Nida Yasir and Yasir Nawaz for Farid Nawaz Production, the film is distributed by Eveready Pictures.
3. Parde Mein Rehne Do
Ali Rehman Khan and Hania Aamir play the lead couple in Wajahat Rauf’s upcoming film, Parde Mein Rehne Do. Wajahat strayed from his usual rom-coms and tried the genre of social commentary fused with romance and comedy this time around.
With Mohsin Ali as screenwriter, the film promises to be a nuanced depiction of a serious condition, namely infertility. However, it remains to be seen who will become sterile: the wife or the husband. The film completely breaks the stereotypical portrayal of Alpha males, as the main hero here is weighed down by societal pressures. The performance is comical, light-hearted, but it touches on genuine and relatable issues in our society.
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What works for this: The subject of infertility is new to the Pakistani public. Curiosity about how the writer/director handled the sensitive subject as well as how Hania and Ali interpreted the raw emotions of an ordinary couple can add to its appeal. That said, Hania has a huge fan following who will surely buy tickets to watch her. Moreover, the OST is something to look forward to.
What worries us: The subject is a double-edged sword, as many may not feel comfortable watching it with their families.
Produced by Wajahat Rauf, Shazia Wajahat, Wajahat Ali Abbasi for Showcase Films, the film is distributed by Eveready Pictures.
4. Ghabrana Nahi Hai
After spreading their magic on TV, Zahid Ahmed and Saba Qamar teamed up to set the big screen on fire with their chemistry in Ghabrana Nahi Hai. The film marks the big screen debuts of Zahid and Syed Jibran.
Ghabrana Nahi Hai revolves around a troubled family, a goon, and corrupt cops. Saba’s character attempts to reclaim ownership of his father’s land, while Zahid plays a cop, Sikander, who pretends to help him but is also in cahoots with the land grabbers. Jibran plays a boy in love.
What works for this: Saba Qamar and Zahid Ahmed Jori is already a success and the main actors offer a light comedy. The film contains elements of drama, action, comedy, romance, thrill and with a very relevant subject matter it will be an entertaining watch on Eid.
What worries us: Saba, Zahid and Jibran, who have earned a reputation as established television actors, are dabbling in comedy which can backfire if not well written and executed.
Jamil Baig and Hassan Zia produced the film under the JB Films banner. It is directed by Saqib Khan, while the story is by Hassan Zia, Saqib Khan and Mohsin Ali. It is distributed by JB Films, Geo Films and Mastermind Films.
5. Tere Bajre Di Rakhi
Marking the debut of TikToker Jannat Mirza and new face Abdullah Khan with Saima Noor and Babar Ali, Tere Bajre Di Rakhi is veteran director Syed Noor’s comeback film. It is a romantic epic set in the countryside of Punjab with revenge, drama, action and lots of comedy.
The movie trailer explores the local culture and is beautifully shot. The direction and cinematography remind us of Noor’s mega hits but this time it’s on a bigger canvas. The story revolves around a dacoit (Babar Ali) who falls in love with the character of Saima Noor and leaves her with a young child, who grows up to be Jannat Mirza. It sounds like a Romeo-Juliet situation where the lovers will be torn apart by an age-old blood feud between two families.
What works for this: Tere Bajre Di Rakhi is a nostalgic treat for those who miss the epitome of Punjabi films with shots of sarsun ke khet, romantic music, and a lot of movies action and bloodshed. It boasts of veterans like Naghma Begham, Mustafa Qureshi, Amir Qureshi, Iftikhar Thakur and Irfan Khoosat.
What worries us: This one has pure Punjabi dialogue with thick accents and is made for a segment that knows the language and culture well. This may not appeal to non-Punjabi audiences.
The film is produced by Mr. Safdar Malik, co-produced by Sohail Malik and Raheel Malik. It is written and directed by Syed Noor and distributed by IMGC Group.
What movie are you most excited about?