2016 promises to be a great one for Pakistani cinema with some interesting movies expected this year. Let’s look at the films we can’t wait to hit the big screen this year.
1. Ho Mann Jahaan
Starring Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar and Adeel Hussain, Ho Mann Jahaan revolves around three friends who want to shatter the stereotypes that bind them. The film premiered on 1st January. Reviews have been mixed, but the cinemas have been packed and the music and story line seem to have won the crowds over.
The movie revolves around the life of Urdu poet Mir Taqi Mir, describing his life and struggles. The cast includes Fahad Mustafa, Sanam Saeed, Iman Ali, Manzar Sehbai and Alyy Khan. The film was due to release in November 2015, but due to unexpected circumstances it will now be released in 2016.
This movie revolves around the Pakistani army’s operation in Swat. It will star Shaan, Humayun Saeed, Adnan Siddiqui, Ayub Khosa and Ayesha Omer, along with singer Umair Jaswal and actor Bilal Ashraf. We are especially looking forward to the soundtrack which includes the vocals of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafqat Amanat Ali and Abida Parveen.
4. Revenge of the Worthless
Expected to be released in the first half of this year, this film focuses on the Swat insurgency in 2009, and how people’s lives were affected by the militancy in the region. The cast includes Firdous Jamal, Ayub Khoso, Myra Khan, Iftikhar Qaiser, Najeebullah Anjum, Iram Rehman, Tariq Jamal, Qazi Zubair and Imran Tareen along with Turkish actor Emil Karakose.
The film follows the romantic journey of an Indian girl Aalia (Sanam Saeed) who is forced to place her trust in Vicky (Mohib Mirza), a taxi driver who she barely knows. The cast consists of both Indian as well as Pakistani writers and it will be simultaneously released in both countries. According to Sanam Saeed, this is an attempt to bring both countries closer together.
6. 3 Bahadur 2
This is the sequel to the hugely popular 3 Bahadur released in 2015. The film stars Zuhab Khan, Hanzala Shahid, Bahroze Sabzwari, Bassam Shazli, and Hammad Siddiq, all of whom are reprising their roles from the previous film. New names include Sarwat Gilani, Ali Gul Pir, Ahmed Ali Butt, Fahad Mustafa, Salman Shahid and Arisha Razi.
This film hopes to inspire people to take ownership of their country. It seems to be heavily inspired from Bollywood thriller Sarkaar, as it tackles mafias, corruption and politics. The cast includes Ashir Azeem, Adnan Shah Tipu, Hassan Niazi, and Farhan Ali Agha.
8. Dobara Phir Se
This is established director Mehreen Jabbar’s much awaited next project that tackles the subject of love and friendship. The star cast includes Adeel Husain, Hareem Farooq, Sanam Saeed, Tooba Siddiqui, Ali Kazmi, Atiqa Odho, Shaz Khan, and child actor Moosa. The release date is yet to be finalized.
The storyline of this film revolves around real people who have experienced the events that are described in the film. According to filmmakers Faysal Chaudary and Murtaza Chaudary, this is not really a commercial film, but rather a tribute to their childhood in the city.
The most awaited of them all. This film has been co-produced by Reham Khan, the ex-wife of PTI chairman Imran Khan and revolves around a Pakhtun girl who returns to her homeland after a stint in Britain. The film stars Armeena Rana Khan in the title role, along with Osman Khalid Butt, and is supposed to be a comic tale of defying stereotypes.