Published On: Mon, Apr 11th, 2016

2016’s Punjabi flick hit the theaters

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Mahi Way poster

Mahi Way is the first Punjabi movie of the year 2016. The premiere of Muhammad Tariq’s Mahi Way was organized at Lahore’s Metropole Cinema, where cast and crew with prominent figures of the film industry were present.

Mahi Way is featuring a cast of newcomers for example Taimoor, Fareha, Ameer Ali, Shabana Chaudhary and Azhar Rangeela. The movie has been written by Iqbal Ahmed and filmed around a lot of villages and old havelis in Punjab. The movie illustrates the issues that are relevant to rural life, for example feudalism. The plot revolves around how a young couple falls in love and simultaneously faces the antagonism of local landlords. Singer Farah Laal has sung almost all the tracks on the movie.

In the previous five years just a few Punjabi films have been released, like as Sami RawalSohna GujjarRazia Phans Gai Gundoun MainGujjar Pury Dinna Da and Lahoriya tay Pashoriya. Most of them were the failures at the box office because their script was poorly written with clichéd stories and repetitive content.

Though, Mahi Way is anticipated to be a breath of fresh air in form of production, music and plot. At the media conference which was organized before the premiere, Tariq explained that, regardless of being off beat, the movie is greatly an entertainer and holds a social message as well. Tariq is the director and the producer of the movie stated, there was a time when Punjabi films were fairly well-liked but no movies have been crafted as of recent that can compete to the level of the classics.

He stated that “Times may have changed due to technology and modern lifestyle, but life in thousands of villages across the country still remains the same; those peoples are still living in the traditional way,” he further added, “Through this film, I’ve tried to highlight many issues and also exposed the government and the lack of efforts made for the development of villages.”

Tariq was of the view that in the neighbor country the level of the Punjabi movies have been elevated with the time. “Mahi Way is a mega-budget project and the best available technology was used during its production. It will mark Taimoor and Fareeha’s debut in the film industry, and they did a wonderful job.  I am hopeful that people will remember this film for years to come.”

 

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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