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Pakistani Cinema: Forgetting our Own Heroes

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The revival of Cinema has happened in Pakistan but still there is a long way to go before the industry can compete with its neighbors let alone global standards. Though there have been exceptions; still Pakistani movies go around two extremes. Either they are the usual rom coms like Chalay Thay Saath, Jawaani Phir Nahi Aani or they are covering social aspects such as Bol or Khuda ke Lye. Except for Jawaani Phir Nahi Aani, even the comic potential has not been fully explored.

The cheap imitation of the item songs is another thing that is not appreciated by the masses. Now looking at the things from different perspective, in last one year, Indian movies such as Air Lift, Neerja ( which was banned in Pakistan ), MS Dhoni, and SRT, all those movies are going to be paying homage to their heroes. In case of Neerja and Air Lift, exaggerated account of their heroics was portrayed which was later denied.by the stakeholders.

Saba Qamar Playing Qandeel Baloch
Saba Qamar Qandeel Baloch

On the other hand, in Pakistan, there are many heroes, such as MM Alam, Liaqat Ali Khan, Sardar Abdul Rab Nashtar are present who have played a big part in creating history or legacy of Pakistan.  But our cinema seems to be more fixated with the autobiography of Qandeel Baloch. There is no harm in it, as cinema as a medium should be used to entertain, but also, it must be used to create this feel good factor among youth. Pakistani nation is devoid of heroes and thus it is imperative that all the stakeholders work their way towards making sure that they portray Pakistan in Good light. Recently, Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan retired, and it would a fitting tribute to them if at least documentary film is being produced in their honor that pays tribute to them.

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