Published On: Tue, Jan 5th, 2016

Is remaking viable for Pakistani cinema?



There is a huge practice of remaking the movies of the past hits and renowned filmmakers adopted this practice and also grab critical acclaim. Some film-makers would have consent that reinventing an esteemed classic with investment and status at venture is a simple task. We have seen a lot of instances for both ends of the scale. For instance, Ram Gopal Verma’s Aag was not as hit and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas became a critically highly praised remake.

A drift of remaking past hits is also going to strike the Pakistani cinemas when getting commercial success from Waar, Pakistani director Bilal Lashari announced his next project to remake the most admirable and Lollywood’s most prominent Punjabi movie, Maula Jatt. Many questions were arrived for remaking that movie and would the remaking of past Pakistani movies strike our cinemas. The film is set to go on floors in February.

The answer of Pakistan’s most eminent director Syed Noor on remaking his past super hit movies is no. if we ask him to remake his 1998 gold mine, Choorian, he would not support the idea. As said about it, “Remaking Choorian is not part of my plan now. I am now working on another project while Bhai Wanted and Price of Honour will also be released this year,”

He further stated that “Remakes of Naukar Vohti DaChallengeDil Da JaniSher Khan and Jind Jaan were planned initially. Even writing veterans like Pervaiz Kalim and Kamal Pasha were roped in. But then we begun to realize perhaps the people are not interested in remakes anymore,”

Another eminent Pakistani director Pervaiz Rana grasps up the triumph of Karachi’s movie industry accountable for this change of plan. He stated that “After the success of those films [made in Karachi], we realized times have changed,” Rana told that Lahore’s directors are also doing very well. He further added that “We are working on films but it is the remakes that we aren’t sure of.” The director was not capable of concealing his appreciation for Lashari’s determined project. “He is doing a great job. However, we cannot afford to make them [remakes] in this crisis,”

2014 Na Maloom Afraad which is Karachi made movie produced to be a main game-changer for the industry. Fiza Ali Meerza, the movie producer, said that remaking of past films is not viable for Pakistani cinema at this point. She added that “We have so many new stories to tell,”


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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.