Pakistan Movie Industry on The Rise


Pakistan movie industry has faced decades of considerable plunge majorly due to solid censorship of Authoritarians in the 1970s. Back then, the number of production houses were closed down and minimal occupancies in the theatres were recorded; in other words, “Lollywood” was shutdown.

However, post an extensive hiatus Pakistan Cinema is back with a bang, jampacked with diversity of subjects and a bunch of fresh faces. It all had begun with the efforts of the veteran writer-director Shoaib Mansoor, when he pulled off the thought-provoking successful flick “Bol” in 2011. Actually, “Bol” had emerged to be the motivation-drive for the new film enthusiasts and Lollywood had begun to see the lamps of hope. 

It wasn’t until 2013, when Pak-Cinema experienced multiplicity of the genres: from Azfar Jafri’s horror film “Siyaah” to the Bilal Lashari’s blockbuster action flick “War”, each subject was pulled of justly and charismatically. Waar garnered nationwide praise and is considered the benchmark of craft. Moreover, Meenu Gaur’s drama film “Zinda Bhaag” was considered for the Academy Awards, and it was a big deal for the Pakistan Movie Industry. Films like “Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi”, “Chambaili” and “Ishq Khuda” also managed to make their marks on the box office. 

Soon, the Eids would bring charm for the cinema-lovers through the latest releases. 2014 topped with Nabeel Qureshi’s comedy film “Na Maloom Afraad”, which gave birth to the new dimension and the “item numbers”. However, by observing the increased interest of the masses in the indigenous cinema, more financers came on board and collaborated with young talent to explore maximum genres. Consequently, 2015 gave us 15 movies including biopics like “Manto” and “Shah”, and commercially successful films like “Jawani Phir Nahi Ani” and “Wrong Number”.

Till 2016, Pak-Cinema had become a big deal for the viewers and several promotional campaigns on the social media were witnessed. More production companies came to the arena in order contribute in the revival phase. TV superstars like Saba Qamar, Sanam Saeed, Fahad Mustafa among others began to choose films over television leaving the audience intrigued and enthralled. Pakistan’s first online comedy film “Oye Kuch Kar Guzar” was released which entertained the audience via rib-tickling content. 2017 saw the 22 releases and Nadeem Beyg’s “Punjab Nahi Jaungi” broke all the previous box-office records and ran in the theaters for a whopping year.

2018 took a fascinating turn with the demonstration of the animated movies including, “The Donkey King” and “Allahyaar and the legend of Markhor”. Both the films astounded the audience through high-profile graphics and remarkable performances. Moreover, the patriarchal element was also challenged through the women-centric films like Asim Abbasi’s masterpiece “Cake” and Adnan Sarwar’s biopic “Motorcycle Girl”. 

2019 has been proved to be a great year for the mainstream cinema as the audience is getting mature which automatically has influenced the content. The narrative is becoming richer and more themes are being explored with absolute audacity: Saqib Malik’s drama film “Baaji”, Shamoon Abbasi’s thriller “Durj” and Kamal Khan’s crime thriller “Laal Kabootar” have just blown us away. Not only this, the forthcoming year, more than 50 films are expected to release, which certainly means more content and more diversity. 

Pakistani Cinema, even after giving several masterworks, is still taking the baby-steps and much more time will be required to get our industry recognized. The producers, directors, performers and as well as the audiences are cooperating likewise in making this industry “grand” and “known”

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