Cinema still breathes... By Osama
11 September, 2013
Almost one-third of the Pakistani film industry is now dead. The reasons behind this slow demise include the introduction of the video cassette player, cable television, market competition from Bollywood and, finally, the Islamisation drive of General Ziaul Haq. The industry, which once boasted more than 700 cinemas, now has just over 100. The number of films produced in Pakistan per year has declined from 200 to under 25. Most cinema halls have been converted into shopping malls or housing apartments. Directors like Sangeeta, Masood Butt and Syed Noor are also responsible for the decline of our film industry because they failed to come up with fresh subjects and plotlines. Perhaps Syed Noor and Sangeeta should quit direction as they cannot compete with the pace of time.
On the other hand, with the release and success of Humayun Saeed's Main Hoon Shahid Afridi (I am Shahid Afridi), trends have changed in Pakistan. Earlier, Chambaili and then Josh were released; they could not achieve much success at the box office but the critics appreciated these cinematic works. Remember, all these films have been made by Karachi-based producers and directors. Shoaib Mansoor is also working with a unique style and his movies, though controversial, have achieved success at the box office. Although there has been a brain drain of artists and producers from Pakistan to India, we need to start promoting Pakistani films and artists, and encouraging their work wholeheartedly.
M OSMAN AFNAN HANAFI