Nation special report
This Eid, three Pakistani films were released in London and premier screening of two movies were held which catered cinemagoers in large number. On Thursday 23rd August, the European Red Carpet premier show of much publicised film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon was organised at the May Fair Hotel, ahead of its release second day.
The stars of the movie were present at the occasion and mingled with the audience. They also expressed their views at the end of the screening and shared their experience they had during the shooting.
The best thing of the movie is that it is not a propaganda or against any country and religion. It targeted the militants and terrorists who are common enemy to every society, every nation. The main character Hamza Ali Abbasi is also a lawmaker in his practical life and a leader of ruling party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’ (PTI). He delivered the goods in real sense and reiterated the motto of his party ‘make change (Tabdeeli laao) by appealing his countrymen to go back to their homeland and invest there for the prosperity of the country and the nation.
A story of youth, courage, love and patriotism, Parwaaz Hai Junoon is a rousing tribute to Pakistan’s Air Force, produced by Momina & Duraid Films and HUM Films in association with the Pakistan Air Force and written by author and screenwriter Farhat Ishtiaq (Bin Roye). Parwaaz Hai Junoon marks the second production from Momina Duraid, the force behind 2015’s critically acclaimed film Bin Roye, one of Pakistan’s biggest international hits, particularly in the UK.
The formidable cast of the film which include Hania Amir, superstar Hamza Ali Abbasi, and rising star Ahad Raza Mir were in attendance along with the producer Momina Duraid. The red carpet was followed by an exclusive screening of the film which received a rapturous applause from all present.
The screening was then followed by an intimate Q&A with BBC News and BBC Asian Network Entertainment Reporter Haroon Rashid.
A unique tribute to Pakistan’s Air Force, who worked with the filmmakers on the creation of the film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon promises to depict the daily lives of cadets at a typical Air Force Academy, as they laugh, make mistakes and develop the core values of integrity, courage and honour. The film follows Sania (Hania Amir), a young cadet who must fight against preconceived notions of gender roles to pursue her dream of becoming an ace pilot.
Answering a question on her own reaction to the film, Hania Amir said: “I went into Parwaaz Hai Junoon when I was 19 and looking back I feel it’s the best decision that I ever made. It was like a personal moment of truth; a challenge to find how much I could do as a lead actress. Thank you to the Momina ji and the producers for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime”.
The film also subverts the misinformed clichés that appear in international media about Pakistan through depicting the country’s fight against terrorism. Parwaaz Hai Junoon smashes the stereotypes that surround Pakistan to instead showcase the role Pakistan plays in safeguarding the region from terrorist threats. “This movie will bring a revolution in Pakistan and with Naya Pakistan the sky is the limit. We hope audiences living both in and outside Pakistan will appreciate the hard work we have put in making Parwaaz Hai Junoon. Pakistan has given us so much; it’s our turn to return and do something for Pakistan” said Hamza Ali Abbasi.