We’r really happy to see how the revival of Pakistani cinema is bringing more and more local people together. If we look at 2014-1016, Pakistani cinema has officially risen back from its grave and is now providing a host of different cinematic projects to the audience.
Movies like Moor, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Wrong Number, Mah e Mir, Waar, Shah, Na Maloom Afraad, Karachi Se Lahore all cater to a different audience.
Success of Pakistani Movies
Pakistani cinema is back with a bang and the numbers below are proof. Here are the list of top 5 grossing movies released in Pakistan
- Jawani Phir Nahi Ani – Global earnings ₨46.44 crore (US$4.6 million), Domestic earnings ₨39 crore (US$3.8 million)
- Waar – Global earnings ₨34.65 crore (US$3.4 million), Domestic earnings ₨23 crore (US$2.3 million)
- Bin Roye – Global earnings ₨30.75 crore (US$3.0 million), Domestic earnings ₨10.92 crore (US$1.1 million) (top 8th in Domestic)
- Khuda Kay Liye – Global earnings ₨25.0 crore (US$2.5 million), Domestic earnings ₨6.5 crore (US$640,000) (Top 13th in Domestic)
- Ho Mann Jahaan – Global earnings ₨21.26 crore (US$2.1 million), Domestic earnings ₨15.72 crore (US$1.5 million) (Top 4th in Domestic)
Upcoming Pakistani Movies
2015 and half of 2016 has already proven that Pakistani cinema has tons of good projects lined up. 2015 saw the releases of movies like Jawani Phir Nai Ani, Bin Roye, Wrong No., Karachi Se Lahore, Jalaibee and 3 Bahadur. In 2016, the tradition of good movies continued with movies such as Ho Mann Jahaan, Bachaana and Maalik.
Now for the rest of 2016 and 2017, here are the movies you can look forward to. We have added movie posters and trailers wherever available for your viewing pleasure.
Ishq Positive – July 22
Cast – Noor Bukhari, Wali Hamid Ali Khan, Saud,Shafqat Cheema, Saim Ali, Ahmed Ali, Faria Bukhari, Durdana Butt, Sonu Sood
Director – Noor Bukhari
Ishq Positive will tell the story of Rajju, played by Noor Bukhari who escapes her mansion like home and meets Wali Hamid Ali Khan on the way. They become friends and ultimately fall in love. Rajju’s strict and traditional family is seen hunting her down and her lover. The story will unfold as they try to bring back Rajju and force her to marry according to their choice.
Revenge of the Worthless – July 2016
Cast – Jamal Shah, Ayub Khoso, Firdous Jamal,Shamyl Khan, Maira Khan, Emel Karakose, Asif Shah, Asaldin Khan, Imran Tareen, Iram, Shehrbano, Abdul Rahim, Najeebullah Anjum, Tariq Jamal, Arshad, Sultan, Kaleemullah, Qazi Zubair, Wafa Khan, Rafique, Marjan
Director – Jamal Shah
Revenge of the Worthless will try to depict a brutally disfigured culturally narrative of a land with cultural full of envy and hate. It will highlight the events of 2009 Swat Insurgency. The leading actor and his family refuses to leave their ancestral home, instead they plan to fight the invaders back. The movie will show plenty of action and tragedy.
Dance Kahani – Aug 2016
Cast – Madeleine Hanna, Alamdar Khan, Vernin U’chong
Director – Omar Hassan
Dance Kahani shows a dream of a girl who wants to pursue a professional career in dancing. Her dreams are shattered when she returns to Pakistan from UK. Now she must live in a society where dance culture is not appreciated. There she will find a group of like minded people and still try to make her dream come true.
Salute – Aug 2016
Cast – Ali Mohtesham (as Aitzaz Hasan), Ajab Gul,Saima Noor, Nayyar Ejaz, Pervaiz Kaleem,Rashid Mehmood
Director – Shehzad Rafique
Salute is a biographical movie retelling the tale of Pakistani real life heroes.
Ishq 2020 – Sep 2016
Cast – Muneeb Butt, Sanam Chaudhry, Mariyam Ansari, Komal Aziz Khan, Furqan Qureshi
Director – Najaf Bilgrami
Ishq 2020 will show the chronicles of two main characters. It is a romantic comedy that will portray the journey of the two in many different cities of Pakistan.
Chupan Chupai – Sep 2016
Cast – Ahsan Khan, Neelam Muneer, Faizan Khawaja,Sakina Samo, Talat Hussain, Adnan Jaffar, Rehan Sheikh
Director – Mohsin Ali
Chupan Chupai plot synopsis details are still unavailable. But it will be an all around comedy film that will be a movie similar to Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Na Maloom Afraad. Although the director’s aim is to make it as entertaining as possible, he has confirmed that it will not feature slapstick humor like in Karachi se Lahore or Jawani Phir Nahi Ani.
Janaan – Sep 2016
Cast – Armeena Khan, Bilal Ashraf, Ali Rehman Khan, Ajab Gul, Mishi Khan, Hania Aamir, Usman Mukhtar,Nayyar Ejaz
Director – Azfar Jafri
Janaan is a story of a Pakhtun girl who returns from Britain after completing her education. The story will attempt to comically defy the stereotypes about Pakistani Families.
Actor in Law – Sep 2016
Cast – Fahad Mustafa, Mehwish Hayat, Om Puri, Aly Khan,Saboor Ali, Nayyar Ejaz
Director – Nabeel Qureshi
The movie features Fahad Mustafa as Shan Mirza in the leading role. He plays a young man who wants to become an actor, but his parents, especially his father – played by Om Puri- has different plans for him (isn’t that obvious?).
The trailer shows a lot of arguments between Fahad And Om before it moves on to showing what Fahad really becomes. He indeed takes on acting but not in front of the camera, but instead goes on to become a fake Lawyer.
Project Ghazi – 2017
Action, Thriller, Superheros
Cast – Humayun Saeed, Talat Hussain, Adnan Jaffer and Aamir Qureshi
Director – Nadir Shah
In 2017, Pakistani cinema will see rise of Superheroes for the first time. Director Nadir is bringing a new cinema project which he calls ‘Project Ghazi’ to the silver screen which will feature a super human soldier. The story will revolve around an advanced soldier project and will span through 20 years in the timeline.
Project Ghazi isn’t just going to be an action movie, Nadir has confirmed that elements of spy and espionage genres will also be mixed in the plate.
Chalay Thay Saath – 2017
Cast – Syra Shehroz as Resham, Osama Tahir, Mansha Pasha, Zhalay Sarhadi,Behroze Sabzwari, Faris Khalid, Shamim Halai, Kent S Leung
Director – Umer Adil
Chalay Thay Saath is a movie about losing everything in your life yet finding it back through love and move on. It will mostly focus on friendships, love and family.
Azaad – 2016
Drama – Comedy
Cast: Rehan sheikh, Salman Shahid, Sanam Saeed, Sabreen Hisbani, Nimra Bucha, Ajlal Shah, Zahid Ahmed, Jawad Rana, Sajjad Kishwar, Angeline Malik, Imran Abbas, Schumaila Hussain.
Director – Rehan Sheikh
Azaad is a story about Rj and the overall music/video industry of Pakistan. The story focuses on how artists of Pakistan have to give up their creative freedom in order to make publisher/sponsors money.