Over the last three years, if you happened to pass by a certain empty plot located in Quetta’s Hazara Town, you were likely to spot a group of young boys being mercilessly put through their paces. As boys leaped over a series of obstacles, it was not uncommon for one of them to fall to the ground with a pulled muscle or worse, a bone unable to withstand the pressure, snapping to the sound of boos from a scattered audience. “My mother tells me, ‘We have enough problems as a community and the last thing I want now is to see you bedridden’,” says 17-year-old Ali Muhammad, a member of the Hazara community in the city.
A documentary promo (shot in May ‘12) about a real-life twenty-something male from Islamabad, Pakistan who has to face up to his true identity after the sudden death of his father - that of a Himalayan Prince.
A 360 degree view at concordia, the confluence of Godwin austin and baltoro glacier, showing K2, Broad peak, G4, G6, mitre peak, trango towers , paiju peak and many others. simply spectacular. you will not find such scenery anywhere else in the world.
It was only early this year when discussions at literature festivals and on television bemoaned the decline of Pakistani cinema and questioned whether it will rise again. At the same time, noises were made by industry insiders about projects in the pipelines. Those promises seem to be materialising. Quite a few films have been recently released, some of which have done well at the box office.
Several sessions at the Khayaal Festival were dominated by the cinema. They either discussed the newly-released films or talked about the upcoming ones. Excited writers, directors and producers gave further details about their projects on the sidelines of the festival.
In a session devoted to readings of Saadat Hasan Manto’s work, Sarmad Khoosat showed a 20-minute presentation on his upcoming film, Main Manto, scripted by Shahid Nadeem. Expected to be released early next year, the film is a TV-star heavy take on the writer’s life with Khoosat playing the lead role and Sania Saeed playing Manto’s wife Safia. Watching the clips, one experienced a rollercoaster of emotions — confusion, shock, delight, repulsion and heartache, an experience similar to that of reading Manto’s works. Particularly interesting was the interweaving of Manto’s short stories, essays and radio plays into the biographical narrative. (source)