Pakistani cinema has been witnessing quality productions throughout the years
Pakistani cinema is finally on the track to revival after being shunned for decades by audiences for the lack of good films.
This resurrection can be largely attributed to the landmark films that have been released over the past few years, garnering both commercial and critical acclaim among audiences.
Ever since the arrival of Khuda Kay Liye, Pakistani cinema has been witnessing quality productions throughout the years and now the numbers of film releases are increasing.
2015 was also a great year for Pakistani audiences as we saw films like Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Moor, Karachi Say Lahore, Manto, Wrong No, Bin Roye and Jalaibee.
The first feature length Pakistani film, 3 Bahadur, earned an astounding Rs. 6.63 crore at the box-office.
Here, we have compiled a list of 7 Pakistani films you should watch in 2016.
1. Ho Mann Jahan
Release ~ 1 January, 2016
This film stars the beautiful Mahira Khan with Adeel Hussain and Sheheryar Munawar. Ho Mann Jahaan has created insane hype and it is set to be the next huge thing in Pakistani cinema.
Directed by Asim Raza, the plot follows the lives of three friends from college with different social backgrounds, but aspiring towards the same combined goal of becoming musicians.
The movie features songs by Atif Aslam, Tina Sani and Zeb Bangash.
2. Revenge of the Worthless
Release ~ 15 January 2016
Jamal Shah is making his debut as a director with the movie Revenge of the Worthless. This action drama movie has been produced by Amna Shah.
The film narrates a brutal cultural story of a place with a rich cultural heritage. It highlights the heroism of a few unsung heroes of the 2009 Insurgency in Swat, Pakistan.
In the film, Zarak Khan, refuses to leave their ancestral home with his wife and two daughters and decides to resist the attackers, along with their staff.
The cast of the film includes the veteran actor Jamal Shah himself, Ayub Khoso, Firdaus Jamal, Maira Khan, Shamyl Khan and Emel Karakose along with fresh faces, the students of Hunerkada College of Visual and Performing Arts.
3. Abdullah: The Final Witness
Release ~ 1 April 2016
The film is written, directed and produced by novelist Hashim Nadeem, and focuses on the notorious Kharotabad incident that transpired in Quetta, Pakistan on May 20, 2011.
Four Russian and a Tajik citizen, suspected to be suicide bombers, were shot at the Kharotabad check post by the Frontier Constabulary.
The film is inspired from the viral video captured by a journalist.
It narrates the life story of a key eyewitness policeman who had testified against the official FC account. The policeman was later shot dead by an unknown gunman.
Abdullah: The Final Witness was also screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
4. Khwaab: Aik Haqeeqat
Khwaab: Aik Haqeeqat, a horror-thriller is expected to hit the cinemas across the country in 2016, according to their official Facebook page.
It is written by Khurram Nizami and Noman Baqi is the producer. This movie stars Maria Khan in lead as Roshni alongside Aamir Qureshi as Anas, as well as Khalid Nizami as Khuda Baksh.
The writer has called it a fantasy based horror film.
Producers have released few creepy looking posters for the film, captioned, ‘Where there is a dream, there is fear’.
The last horror film to hit theatre screens in Pakistan was Siyaah, and it did an exceptional job at the box office winning ‘Best Screenplay’ at the ARY Awards.
5. Dance Kahani
Unknown to most, Pakistan has a thriving hip-hop culture; from rap to break dancing. An upcoming Pakistani film Dance Kahani is planning to bring the country’s B-boys into the spotlight.
Slated for a mid 2016 release, Dance Kahani stars b-boy dancers who hail from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.
The story revolves around a British Pakistani girl, played by a Scottish actor and dancer, Madeleine Hanna who after moving back to Pakistan tries to make up with abandoning her dream of being a ballet dancer.
This film is the directorial debut of actor Hamza Ali Abbasi, and it is expected to hold quality humour, making it another addition into recently produced comedy films.
The plot tells us the story of the lives of two close friends, who end up in similar circumstances, despite being from contrasting backgrounds.
The movie cast includes some promising actors like Humayun Saeed, Sheheryar Munawar, Saba Qamar, Sohai Ali Abro and Hamza himself in entertaining roles.
8969 is a film directed and written by Azeem Sajjad and produced by AJ Khan.
Although there aren’t a lot of details shared about the cast and plot, the first look posters and the trailer are very interesting.
It also stars Saba Qamar, who will be performing an item number ‘Mastani’ in this movie.
Ex-Mrs Imran Khan, Reham Khan, is thought to turning to film production to promote key social issues in Pakistan.
Slated for 2016 is Jaanan, which stars British Asian Actress Armeena Rana Khan in the lead role.
The film is thought to be a romantic comedy about a Pakhtun family living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
Jaanan is co-produced by Reham and Imran Kazmi, and written by Osman Khalid Butt.
With the recent revival of Pakistani films in the last decade, this new list of films promises to fulfil even more expectations and create a brilliant experience for all.
There are plenty of Pakistani films to choose from, with a variety of genres, plots and characters. Have fun watching!