Published On: Fri, May 13th, 2016

‘Aksbandh’ Pakistani horror film



It is seem that horror movies take low budget as it proven in 1999 when the Blair Witch Project came out and astonished everyone. Implementing a found footage style approach, the flick proved to be a sleeper hit at the box office.

Almost 17 years and much victorious discovered footage flicks afterward, Pakistani theater is going to have its own movie of this type, Aksbandh. The movie does not encompass industry super stars, VJ come actor Ayaz Samoo is the just one familiar figure in the cast, nor does it integrate any modus operandi of triumph. Moreoverr, history illustrates that horror movies have never characterized amid our box office lofty achievers. Now, its director Emraan Hussain is much positive. The debutant told in an interview as, “You see, the horror genre has a very niche following worldwide. A horror film would never rely on star power to become a success. Story is the main thing and we have that covered,”

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The director and writer stated that the two key points that they kept in mind all through the all production were intention and execution. He stated that “If we are making a horror film that is unable to scare or thrill audiences then what’s the whole point?”

Hussain continued by saying that “Most of the horror movies that are being produced nowadays are moving away from a subjective to a more POV style.” He added that it will not just improve the cinematic experience but also fits completely with the genre itself.

Hussain told that they organized 15-20 day-long acting workshops to arrange the performers. Protecting his choice to cast fresh faces, Hussain added as, “We are shooting this in found footage format so it is important to retain the element of believability,” stating, “No one would have believed the story if we were to cast Humayun Saeed. The audiences would think that such an incident can never happen to him.”

Aksbandh is at present experiencing post-production and this is what has taken the much time. He said “We have shot the whole film on Arri Alexa [cameras] and we had to be very careful with the light and all. We have worked extensively on sound,” For this, services of Indian sound director, Ajay Gupta, were acquired.

Scheduled to release on May 20, Aksbandh is going to release on 20 May and the story is of six college students who desire to make a movie. Things go wrong when one of them gets possessed by a supernatural being.

Samoo is the co-produced. Aksbandh includes Bilal Yousufzai, Danial Afzal Khan, Saud Imtiaz, Shehzeen Rahat, Mahrukh Rizvi and Arshad Ali in the leading cast. Screenwriting has been carried out by both Samoo and Hussain.


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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.