Published On: Fri, Jan 8th, 2016

Iconic duo of Fawad as Maula Jatt and Hamza as Noori Nath



It is seemed that the War movie director, Bilal Lashari, aimed to stylize the Gandasa film genre because since he has announced about the remake of Maula Jatt, he is working hard on it and recently has announced a new member to the cast and its Fawad Khan who will be performed as Maula Jatt and Hamza Ali Abbasi as Noori Nath. Now it’s clear he is aiming for a lot more; he is aiming to redefine the quintessential Punjabi hero.

As Bilal stated his words, “Our Punjabi hero has always roamed around Chaati phula kay, aasstenain charha kay (with his chest puffed, sleeves folded) and that has become our style.  And I felt that we were trying too hard to make a hero,”

He further added, “It has to be a lot more than just physical exaggeration and that is why Fawad as Maula Jatt and Hamza as Noori Nath will come as an amazing shocker for the audience.”

Bilal knows Fawad since school times and also knows his aggression that is why he had Fawad’s name as Maula Jatt even before Waar was released.

Bilal asserted as, “People may have gotten a glimpse of his other side in eP (Entity Paradigm) or a small cameo he made for Mekaal Hassan Band video that I directed. But I always knew kay yeh tau bara wehsi aadmi hai (he’s wild) and I am surprised that no one has ever explored him that way.”

Bilal knows Fawad’s aggression behind his romantic hero image and even Khoobsurat image didn’t draw a line in the way for the role of Maula Jatt.

Bilal was sharing about his project and said “It’s a gamble but it’s not a remake,” he further continued by saying that the project has evolved so much that it’s a completely different story now; a hard reboot, “It’s a new interpretation of the gandasa genre, which is why it was very important to reinvent characters. There’s no point in imitating Sultan Rahi. There has to be a completely new identity.”

The role of Maula Jatt is incomplete without his opponent, Noori Nath.

Bilal further stated that the character of Noori holds an evil charm, “Noori is a really important character. In fact, in the original film, Mustafa Qureshi sb, who played Noori, struck a stronger connection with the audience and it was also the first time people fell  in love with a villain,” and the role would be given to actor Hamza Ali Abbasi.

“It’s a very dialogue-driven character and Noori owns every scene, which is why I roped in Hamza for this seminal role. He has a great advantage because of his brilliant voice acting and dialogue delivery; plus, he has grown up in Multan and is fluent in Punjabi.”

Bilal told, “I think he will make an even better villain on screen than he is on facebook,” Bilal said it by smiling, “I think he will bring that (his facebook persona) to the table itself but the character and dialogues themselves are so powerful that I think he is going to nail it. People will forget the old Noori Nath,”

This Lollywood iconic duo is more than any Hollywood superhero. Bilal confidently told, “I think the characters complement each other. It’s the ying-yang energy and in an alternate universe they could have been the best of friends; so I think it’s an amazing combination.  As far as the actors are concerned, Hamza and Fawad are our young stars and I think people would love to see them share the frame.”


About the Author

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.