Published On: Thu, Dec 3rd, 2015

Bollywood provided lifeline to Lollywood: Jami

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The leading filmmaker from Pakistan, Jamshed Mahmood Raza (Jami), stated that regardless of border encounters, gunfire from the boarders and neighborly bitterness, Bollywood movies are constantly supplying the life to Pakistan theaters.

He further added that “It’s very straightforward. We are cousins. We share the similar language. We share the similar songs. We had cinemas, but we were not making movies. New cinemas arrived due to Bollywood. Once the cinemas began to appear, the filmmakers were prepared. We can’t create movies if there’s no cinema to show it. Bollywood is still giving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to our industry”.

Te film Moor which is made by Jami has been chosen as Pakistan’s formal entrance for this year’s Academy awards and was showcased at the just-concluded 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Moor, is the Pashtun word which means ‘mother’, is representing women who fight with the mafia and railway corruption in the dangerous area of northern Balochistan in Pakistan.

Jami told that “It’s a little bit theoretical for Pakistani viewers. Critically, it’s one of the most excellent, but economically it’s perhaps the nastiest at present. The movie was not for the lots and we had 11 am screen timings. I mean nobody would come on a weekday at 11 am. We were sidelined as an art movie”.

Jami teasingly stated that the movie was maybe chosen as Pakistan’s entrance for the Oscar awards exactly for the reason that it did not build any money.

He stated it as, “Well, I mean if you look at all the Oscar entries only Whiplash or some other film made money. It’s interesting if you don’t make money, it is pretty much a guarantee that you will make the Oscar entry”.

Jami said that he is inspired by the well-known American director Stanley Kubrick that clarifies his movie’s theoretical trend.

“I have a very diverse narrative from Bollywood or Lollywood. I was learned in an American film school. I loved Kubrick and in Pakistan not many people understood him,” he elaborates.

It was inquired regarding shooting in the dangerous area of Balochistan, he told: “Balochistan is sensitive. Yes, it was much difficult to work that, but it was secure also because we went through so many security agencies. We have Taliban insurgencies going on there too.”

“The army and the government were really protecting us because we had an American with us, a Pakistani American, and they don’t want any kidnapping cases,” he elucidated.

Jami is on the point of view that there are signals of a cultural restoration all over the country.

“A lot of musical bands are arriving back, a lot of movies are being made, and a lot of theaters are coming up. There is absolutely an alteration on the cards,” the filmmaker told.

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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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