From the revival stage a few years back, Pakistani cinema has entered into an expansion phase now. A sign of this has been the industry’s pursuit of finding alternate exhibition platforms. While for some it comes in the form of releasing their films in China, for others, it is a digital platform like Netflix.
From Waar to the latest offering, Teefa In Trouble, local cinema has made its way to the new-age digital realm. Now, the latest addition to the website from Pakistan are Abdullah: The Final Witness, Chupan Chupai and Pari. All three films were made available on Netflix on 15th January 2019.
This Hameed Sheikh, Imran Abbas, and Sadia Khan starrer released in cinemas on 28 October 2016. Distributed by Distribution Club, the film focuses on the Kharotabad Incident which took lives of 4 Russians, and one Tajik in 2011. One of the victims of the tragic incident, a woman was seven months pregnant.
Abdullah, however, failed to live up to the expectations of the audience and didn’t perform well at the box office.
Released in cinemas on 29 December 2017 under the banner of Huzu Productions, Chupan Chupai starred Ahsan Khan and Neelum Muneer. Distributed by HUM Films, it was a comedy of errors in the genre and revolved around three friends whose lives take a chilling turn when they cross paths with Babu and his alter ego girlfriend, Pari.
The film received generally positive reviews at the box office and became a moderate success, grossing 7 crores.
Pari released in cinemas on 2nd February 2018. Directed by Syed Atif Ali, who also co-wrote the script with Muhammad Ahsan, the film revolves around a couple, Mehwish, Shehram, and their daughter Pari (who is actually a devil).
Pari received mixed reviews from the audience.
We are happy that our films are making themselves available on a platform like Netflix. This will certainly raise the shelf lives of these films and a lot more people will enjoy them.