"Maula Jatt always had a cult status"
Since releasing on October 13, 2022, The Legend Of Maula Jatt has been breaking records.
It continues to break records, entering the Rs. 150 Crore club (£6 million). This is a first for a Pakistani film.
Starring Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi, the film is an adaptation of the 1979 cult classic, Maula Jat.
The film follows Maula Jatt, a fierce prizefighter with a tortured past who seeks vengeance against his arch nemesis Noori Natt, the most feared warrior in the land of Punjab.
Loyalties are challenged and families are torn apart in an epic tale of truth, honour and justice.
Since its release, huge crowds have packed into cinemas to watch the action-drama.
It has also been a massive success in the international market.
According to the producers, the number of shows had to be increased.
The producers have also said that the combination of Hamza Ali Abbasi, Fawad Khan, Humaima Malik and Mahira Khan drew in audiences.
Director Bilal Lashari stated that he wanted the story of The Legend Of Maula Jatt to be told to international audiences.
Previously, Fawad Khan spoke about the film. He said:
“Maula Jatt always had a cult status in Pakistani media, and because of that, we’d obviously heard of it, and who had not heard of the dialogue.”
When Bilal approached Fawad, it was with the idea of a remake and that is when the actor watched the original.
“The actors who made that film what it was – Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi – were very big veterans of the industry.”
“To take their acting as an influence for modern cinema may have been a bit out of context, and all respect to them, but we felt that these were very big shoes to fill, and therefore maybe we should attempt something.”
The Legend Of Maula Jatt was finally made as a reboot rather than a remake.
Fawad’s role demanded a lot of physicality but the filmmakers opted for a more natural body type, based on the South Asian wrestling style Pehlwani.
Fawad added: “They’re not exactly Michelangelo’s sculptures of Greek gods, some of them are just like sumo wrestlers.
“We decided that we’d actually go ahead and make a version which is not so sexy by modern standards and make something that’s more a bit off the wall and therefore weight gain came into the equation.”