The latest Pakistani movie on the landscape is Nauman Ijaz’s comeback film Maidan. The versatile actor has recently signed the new movie and seems to be pretty excited about his project. This will be Ijaz’s first film, since Mehreen Jabbar’s 2008 release Ramchand Pakistani.
The upcoming film is under the banner of Shuffler Films, co-founded by Waqas Rizvi and actor Gohar Rasheed.
Ijaz will be playing the character of a coach to 12 street children who come together for the ‘Street Child World Cup’ that took place in Brazil three years ago.
“What tempted me to do Maidan was quite honestly, the subject. It is our genre. It is a film being made out of a reason. It offers something substantial,”
Maidan, which will also star co-producer Gohar Rasheed and Besharam-fame actress Ghana Ali in lead roles, is based on true events.
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In an interview with Dawn, Nauman said that he believes that it might take more than a decade to establish a viable film industry in Pakistan.
“Films are not being made in Pakistan right now. We are just seeing television dramas releasing on the big screen,” he observes. “We are only running after everything that India does, hence, I was only being offered rom-com’s. We need to understand that we have a different genre. Shah, to me has been one of the best films Pakistan has produced in recent times.”
Ijaz also believes that the Pakistani film industry needs fresh blood.
“Films require a different thought process; they demand experimentation and new ideas,” he explains. “The industry needs new people, and probably a lot more focus since we’re only churning out films out of plain desperation.”
Maidan does not offer romance or comedy, but a solid story. It is currently in the pre-production phase and is slated to go on floors early summer 2017.
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