The transition from 2018 to 2019 hasn’t been as dramatic as our resolutions that went down the drain as soon as clock struck 12:01 am. We vowed to be selective in watching the Pakistani movies that come through this year and guess who was watching Gumm as soon as it came out?
The past year of Pakistani cinema has been what the past many years of Pakistani cinema have been; over crowded on Eids, some dotted, unplanned Releases here and there throughout the year, a couple of good movies in the bag full of ones that left us with headache we still feel sometimes. But what’s done is done, and all we can hope for is that our industry on the whole has learnt a thing or two from their experiences.
While we got amazing movies like Cake, Teefa in Trouble, load wedding, Parwaaz Hai Junoon, Jawani phir nahi aani 2 & 3 bahadur 3 in 2018, I would say it was competitively a successful year. But on the contrary we saw some major disasters in the form of shor sharaba, jackpot, wajood, azadi and Parchi, which we sincerely hope we don’t get to see again.
But we are people who believe in moving forward and let bygones be bygones. While we stumbled over the lists of movies scheduled for 2019, we are really really hopeful that its going to be better in terms of churning out good movies that will pull out masses from their homes! The Legend of Maula Jatt, though sailing through rough waters these days, is a huge success already with big names as Fawad Khan, Mahira khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi attached to it is the one we are rooting for.(We already have 5 reasons why we would be watching it on the blog, go check it out NOW HERE). Also we have our eyes on Paray hat love(Shehryar Munawar, Maya Ali) , Sherdil. (Mikaal zulfiqar, Armeena Rana Khan), Karachi se Lahore 3 ( shezad sheikh, ayesha omar, kubra khan), Lal Kabootar ( Ahmed Ali Akbar, Mansha Pasha), Heer man Ja (Hareem Farooq Ali Rehman khan) , Zindagi Tamasha ( Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz) and Tich Button ( Farhan Saeed, Feroze Khan, Iman Ali, Sonya Hussain) while the list still goes on.
While alot other movies already on the floor and being announced every other day, the anticipation is getting really high as to what we are going to see this year. Even if the odds look great this year and already such promising movies announced, what we fear is again the over crowding of public holidays especially occasion of Eid. There is nothing wrong in a movie being released on public holidays but too many movies releasing on a single day lead to an unnecessary competition that only cuts down at each others business. Last year we saw a major set back to a well made movie like Load Wedding just because the competing movies were also amazing and turned out to be alot popular with the cinema goers as compared to former. On the contrary Teefa in Trouble was a mid year, non holiday release that set the benchmark really high for film makers. We sincerely hope that we keep on seeing major releases though out the year and not just clusters together.