Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2016

Maalik is totally ‘made in Pakistan’

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The eminent actor Ashir Azeem, who got fame from hit PTV drama serial Dhuwan, has made his directorial debut in upcoming Pakistani movie Maalik.  Recently he wrote on a Facebook thread about his imminent movie, “I will not go to Bangkok or Dubai or India. I will do everything in Pakistan and prove that we are second to none. I take pride that my film is ‘made in Pakistan’.”

The actor-director shared his feeling about nationalism by sketching the example of the “Chinese launching rockets into space”. He added, “For me it’s a matter of pride. When the Chinese made rockets, everything, from their programming to the buttons on the pilot’s suit, was made in China.” According to him, the Pakistani entertainment industry is an alike way which Pakistanis require taking possession of.

He further clarified that “The cost of color correction and color grading is roughly the same whether you get them done from abroad or in Pakistan. This is why I chose to do everything here,”

He appreciated the skill infamous local productions, for example, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani (JPNA), Ho Mann Jahaan and Moor. He told that “Look at all these films. Their color correction was done over here [in Pakistan] only and all three are at par with any international movie,”

The film Maalik is almost in post-production. Azeem further revealed that the official trailer for the movie will be out on March 1 whereas the movie will hit theaters on April 8. The initial schedule for the movie was 23 march on Pakistan day but there was a problem due to that the releasing date was changed, “Unfortunately, we won’t be able to release the movie on March 23 because then it would coincide with World T20 in India so we had to push the release to April 8,” shared Azeem.

After one week of Maalik’s release, Shah Rukh Khan’s highly expected movie, Fan, is projected to hit cinema screens. Nevertheless, Azeem is unaffected by any competition with the Bollywood release, “I would rather compete with an Indian movie than a local film.”

The music composer of the film is Sahir Ali Bagga and there are only three songs. While the soundtrack is still in its initial stages of production. Though Azeem is certain that singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will lend his voice for at least one track, “As of now we know that Rahat [Fateh Ali Khan] will be singing a song. It is possible that he may sing more but that depends on the nature of the tracks.”

The cast of the film includes prominent television and film actors Farhan Ali Agha, Sajid Hassan, Hassan Niazi, Tatmain Ul Qulb and Adnan Shah Tipu among others. It is being distributed by Footprint Media.

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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.