Are Pakistani Directors All Set To Make Their Mark On Netflix?

The era of web series is coming and we can expect loads of fresh content by our amazing directors. We can’t stop gushing about Netflix and other foreign web-series; there are makers in Pakistan who are gearing up with some impeccable content that promises to be worth a watch.

Wajahat Rauf of Karachi Se Lahore fame is all set to direct his first web series starring Mehwish Hayat in pivotal roles.

t’s a fully scripted web series. We have kept the format and structure as per the content available on Netflix.

I have written the script and will be directing the project as well. We have roped in prominent stars to grace our project. The cast and the entire details will be revealed soon.

It has identified the need to create local content to ramp up business in some of the big emerging markets that are likely to fuel growth over the next decade. The untitled project also features actor Asad Siddiqui, who is currently essaying important roles in drama serials Balaa, Ro Raha Hai Dil and Tawaan.

In a recent interview, Asad Siddiqui shared that he will be portraying a character that is not negative and is quite different from the roles he has portrayed in the past.

Though not much has been disclosed about the upcoming series yet, for now, we know that the director plans to shoot the series like a film. Sounds exciting!

But Wajahat Rauf is not only filmmaker making way towards film series Film-maker Jami Mahmood of Moor fame told in a recent interview that it’s very important for Pakistan to now turn to web series. He said, “Stories like Black Mirror or Sacred Games cannot be played in cinemas. It has nudity, it touches upon religious issues and has a lot of inappropriate languages, which can be a problem for the censor board.” He feels that Netflix is now the future because unlike films, one can delve deep into storytelling with web series. Jami explained, “In order to make a good web series, you need a professional writer who can handle the content.  I’m not sure if we have any such writer in Pakistan because I haven’t come across any.”

He further added “You have Sindh’s folk tales and political stories which can be like Pakistan’s version of House of Cards or Rajneeti,” he added. The 46-year-old director shared that one only needs a good script and a proper budget in place to approach Netflix after which they finance the original series or the film. Speaking of his future plans, Jami revealed, “I’m working on something with Netflix right now but I can’t reveal any details yet.” It seems like we might have a Pakistani Netflix Original soon!

Let’s brace ourselves for upcoming content.


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