Whenever we talk about cinema here in Pakistan the first thing that comes in our mind is Bollywood. Bollywood is considered the guru of movies. But is it really? I’m here to shine a light here on our film industry these days and give you a little incentive to broaden your perspective and move towards Pakistani cinema.
Back in the 50’s and 70’s Pakistani film industry was considered to be one of a kind with originality and style. The golden age of Pakistani cinema.
If we look at the blockbusters of Indian cinema they’re mostly copied ideas stolen from either old Pakistani classics or Hollywood greats. But we’ll save that argument for another time right now I’ll start with the new twist in the Pakistani cinema.
Our cinema hit a wall after the 80’s and nobody even considered wasting money on a Pakistani film but all of this changed with the release of Khuda Ke Liye in 2007. It is one of Pakistan’s highest grossing films, with a domestic gross of $1.1 million and a worldwide gross of $2.1 million.
Khuda Kay Liye turned out to be a huge commercial as well as critical success in Pakistan and then the Pakistani film industry came back with a bang with the release of Waar. The film became the highest grossing film in Pakistan of all time. In the IMDb Waar is the 61st highest rated feature film with more than 5,000 votes. . It earned ₨1.14 crore (US$110,000) in its first day, thus breaking the previous record of ₨0.9 crore (US$88,000) held by Chennai Express. Beat that! Then the industry just rose and rose to new heights.
Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol led to the phrase ‘Revival of Pakistani Cinema’, the year 2013 brought with it seven Pakistani films that were theatrically released in Pakistan, and led commentators to ponder whether it was time to announce the heralding of a ‘new wave’ of Pakistani cinema. 2013 onwards the industry was unstoppable giving hits after hits like Main hoon Shahid Afridi and Zinda Bhaag.
It has produced a number of quality movies like Namaloom Afraad, Bin Roye, Ye Jawani phir nahi ani, Halla Gulla, Ho man Jahan, Jalaibee, wrong no and so on.
These movies are original, unique and heartwarming with the ability to make you laugh and cry at the same time. The Pakistani film industry is doing a tremendous job in bringing us exclusive stories now it’s our duty to further promote our cinema and give it the respect it deserves.