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Will Project Ghazi Revolutionise Pakistan’s Film Industry?

Let's wait and watch.

Project Ghazi is being dubbed as Pakistan’s first ever superhero film. But is it? If you’re an ardent fan of Pakistani films, you’d know that Sultan Rahi was a pro at catching flying bullets, deflecting them of his chest, and jumping backwards from the ground to the the roof. That was Sultan Rahi for you. Will Sheheryar Munawar be able to beat that? Let’s wait and watch.

What we can watch right now is the first look of Project Ghazi.

The Sheheryar Munawar, Humayun Saeed, and Syra Shahroz starrer caught our attention a year back when we spotted Sheheryar sweating it out in the northern areas of Pakistan. A few months later, it was revealed that Pakistan was about to see its first ever super hero film. (We like to call it Pakistan’s ‘first ever’ science-fiction film because if Sultan Rahi’s Maula Jatt wasn’t super heroes at it best then what is?)

Now the film is shot and the teaser is out and we’re a teeny bit disappointed. We were expecting high-impact, action-packed visuals, but what we got was a monologue from a masked man AKA Adnan Jaffar – the villain of the film.

“Sadiyon se tum bohat se Jhoot bolte rahe ho. Jhoot sunte rahe ho. Ab tum sachai dekho ge,” says a clearly disgruntled Jaffar. As his voiceover travels across different frames we see his minions creating a mayhem in the background  and our superheroes – Syra, Sheheryar, and Humayun Saeed – trying to save the day.

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How is it different from a gazillion other Sci-fi films out there? We don’t know yet. Will it be able to avoid becoming the next Love Story 2050 (a Bollywood film spanned across 50 years)? Let’s hope so. Does the teaser convince us to watch the film? Yes, and there a lot of reasons for that.

It is a welcome break from all the romantic or the satirical socio-political movies being made in Pakistan. According to the director, Project Ghazi spans across 20 years and while we’ve seen many Hollywood filmmakers pull it off flawlessly, it is exciting to see our own filmmakers experiment with the format. Moreover, Syra and Sheheryar have an amazing on screen chemistry, so we’ll watch the film for these two, if nothing else.