Exclusive: S.S.Rajamouli, Vishal Bhardwaj, Nandita Das, and many more to speak at PIFF 2018


The Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) which began last month with a workshop session for the youth is all set for a power packed finale this week where quite a few interesting sessions are set to take place. The four-day finale will actually kickstart with a pre-event press conference on the 28th of March while the event itself will start on the 29th which will comprise of film screenings ( short, feature, documentary) seminars and some gala events, the details of which are under wraps as of now.

While we will share the complete list of film screenings in a subsequent post, what we are more excited to share with you right now is the list of the speakers who will be a part of the festival and will be speaking on different panels. While on one hand we big names from our Pakistani Industry which include the likes of Haseena Moin, Sultana Siddiqui, Jami, Asim Raza, Mehreen Jabbar, on the other hand, we have Bollywood stalwarts like Nandita Das, Vishal Bhardwaj any more coming specially to Pakistan for this festival.

Yes, you read that right, the first edition of the Pakistan International Film Festival is leaving no stone unturned to make a powerful debut and has invited who’s who of Bollywood.  S.S.Rajamouli -director of the all-time blockbuster film series Bahubali, is making an appearance as is Vinay Pathak- a veteran actor with a lot of critically acclaimed films. Want to know who else is coming, well here is the complete list of all the sessions:

Film Diplomacy & Cross-Border Collaboration
Moderator: Asif Noorani
Panelists: Asim Raza, Anjum Rajabali, Nandita Das, Harsh Narayan, Sajal Ali, Rashid Khwaja.

Innovation on Screen: Digital Dimensions
Moderator: Tazeen Hussain
Panelists: Abrar Ali Khan and Farees Shah.

Genre Busters: The Exploration of Genre in the South Asian Film Industry
Moderator: Hashim Raza
Panelists: Adnan Sarwar, Atiqa Odho,Mehreen Jabbar, Nandita Das, Sana Tauseef, S.S.Rajamouli, Shobu Yarlagadda, Vinay Pathak.

From Script to Screen and Beyond
 Aasma Nabil
Panelists: Amin Farooqui, Kamran Jawed, Tahir Moosa, Saket Chaudhary, Zeenat Lakhani.

Films for Change.Socially Motivated content in South Asian Film IndustryModerator: Rashid Sami
Panelists: Hareem Farooq, Haseena Moin, Jami, Nishtha Jain, Subhash Kapoor, Sultana Siddiqui, Vishal Bhardwaj.

Session # 6
The Future of Music & Lyrics.How important is music in the subcontinental cinema?
Moderator: Arshad Mehmood
Panelists: Asif Noorani, Dr. Omer Adil, Izzat Majeed, Sultan Arshad, Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Bhardwaj

Galaxy Lollywood will be covering the event so stay tuned to our website and social media handles for all live updates from this film festival.

I might be an Economics graduate from LUMS, but cinema is where my heart truly belongs. Always up for a discussion on fims and I guess you could call me a Pakistani Cinema aficionado. Email: mominalimunshi@yahoo.com