Published On: Tue, Jul 5th, 2016

Film tribute to Aitzaz Hasan release on 5 August



Pakistani film industry is giving versatility with different subjects movies we are witnessing the release of dance dramas for example Dance Kahani and action thrillers like Sawal 700 Crore Dollar Ka, on the further side, we have Salute, a movie based on a young boy Pakistani hero. Director of the film Shahzad Rafique told regarding his thought behind the movie, box office anticipations and the state of Pakistani cinema.

Salute is the film about the story of Aitzaz Hassan, a school boy from Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who, in January 2014, sacrificed his life in an effort to avoid a suicide bomber from assaulting his school. He saved the lives of 2,000 kids. The movie, which is stated as an honor to Aitzaz, will release on 5 August.

Rafique stated in an interview that “I think everyone should be as courageous as Aitzaz Hasan. We must be able to help and protect our fellow Pakistanis without hesitation. It is not only the army or politician’s duty to protect us,”


A general issue with these kinds of movies is that they finish up becoming preachy. They bend much for giving the message, and as a result cooperate on the art of movie. Commenting on that, Rafique told, “There is nothing preachy about the film. We have made it in a natural setting and have showed how the actual events unfolded. There is no exaggeration or over-dramatization. I just want to tell this story as honestly as I can.”

Rafique further added that he met Hasan’s family prior to filming and has endeavored to make the movie as genuine as probable. Hasan’s father in the past told that “My son made his mother cry but saved hundreds of mothers from crying for their children.” He is a national hero and was posthumously awarded Sitara-e-Shujaat (Star of Bravery) by the government.

Rafique is thinking differently for the box office expectations, “I am thinking about that. I am sure people will like the film but I didn’t make the film for money. It’s my passion. I wanted to tell the story and give message of peace and love through Aitzaz’s example. That’s all!”

Whereas Rafique has directed movies for example SalakheinMohabbatan Sachiyan and Ishq KhudaSalute appears to be rather diverse from his earlier projects. “I think it is time we venture into serious cinema. I think we need to make more purposeful films which speak to our audience. We have forgotten that film-makers also have a social role.”

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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.