Veteran film director #SyedNoor
has claimed that even though #pakistancinema
has seen a definite revival, the industry still lacks ‘superstars’ who can take it to new heights. Noor, who has also been awarded the #SitaraeImtiaz
and has directed several Pakistani blockbusters is of the opinion that even though Pakistan saw a rise in moviegoers, it was in part due to the cropping up of cinemas, which showed Indian movies. For Noor, actors like #FawadKhan
are doing well but they are not ‘superstars’ per say. Veteran actors like #MohammadAli
, and #ShaanShahid
according to Noor are needed to give the boost to the film industry.
We understand the charm of actors like Waheed Murad and Mohammad Ali, as during their time cinema was certainly at par with Bollywood in terms of creating cult classics. However, we fail to understand how Shaan and Moammer Rana with their maula jutt personas in specific were symbolic of the ‘golden age’ of Lollywood.
Not to make a direct comparison per say but roughly speaking, the charm that Waheed Murad had back in the day is something #FawadKhan
certainly enjoys amongst current audiences both locally and internationally. So, simply put we fail to see how he doesn’t constitute as a superstar. But he certainly doesn’t have that many films to his name with those classic songs that Waheed Murad had under his belt such as ‘koko korina’ and ‘akele na jana’, amongst others. There is certainly a long way to go. With Humayun Saeed we understand that his start in the film industry was rather drama like in the sense that earlier films in the revival of cinema were more like lengthy telefilms. Bin Roye is a classic example, and to that end we agree with Syed Noor over a lack of a superstar in that sense.
But that doesn’t mean the definition of a superstar cannot #overtime
. So maybe this revival of cinema, as people say, is a complete break from the nostalgic times of Waheed Murad and Mohammad Ali. And, maybe that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We are, however, wondering. Do the female superstars count for anything at all in Mr. Noor’s narrative of cinema needing a superstar? #propergaanda #pakist