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Army funds Pakistani films for their own Image building, says Pakistani actor-director Khalid Ahmad

The seventh edition of the Jagran Film Festival, which kick-started on July 1 will screen over 400 films this year in 16 cities

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ISLAMABAD: Personnel of Armed Forces march-past during full dress rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade. Image source: INP
  • Just 4-5 years back, the film industry in Pakistan has started picking up, said Ahmed
  • The industry in Pakistan now has become more confident, as they now make good money.
  • Pakistani army funds a host of movies across the border, in what can also be called an “image building exercise

NEW DELHI: Veteran Pakistani actor-director Khalid Ahmed on Tuesday, July 5, revealed that many films which are made in Pakistan are funded by their army for their own image-building.

Present here for the seventh Jagran Film Festival, the filmmaker was here to hold a discussion on “Our Cinema, Their Cinema” along with Indian filmmaker Anand L. Rai, filmmaker and politician Raja Bundela and Pakistani filmmaker Shahbaz Sumar.

Ahmed said that the Pakistani army funds a host of movies across the border, in what can also be called an “image building exercise”.

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Khaled Ahmed. Image source: www.napa.org.pk
Khaled Ahmed. Image source: www.napa.org.pk

Sumar, who recently shot a short film with other prominent filmmakers of both India and Pakistan called Zeal For Unity, said that the films that are made in Pakistan are “independent films, there are no studios there. The funds come from TV networks and the army”.

About the film industry in Pakistan, Ahmed said that its just 4-5 years back that it started picking up.

“During the era of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq – when entertainment taxes were introduced, strict laws based upon ultra-conservative jurisprudence – was an obstacle to the industry’s growth in 1980, it became difficult to make movies and an industry collapsed. But it’s the last three to four years the industry picked up, the tradition of what is called Lollywood, the tradition of filmmaking in Lahore has changed,” said Ahmed, who is the uncle of Indian filmmaker Imtiaz Ali.

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Sumar added that now the industry in Pakistan has become more confident, as they now make good money.

“We now have 40 working screens. The middle class is now coming up like crazy, there is a lot of cash in hand. There are lots of people now who want entertainment. This is you can call the take-off point for the Pakistani film industry,” Sumar said.

The seventh edition of the Jagran Film Festival, which kick-started on July 1 will screen over 400 films this year in 16 cities. The five-day Delhi leg of the festival ended on Tuesday. (IANS)

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    It is a very serious revelation regarding Pakistan’s Army. Instead of funding, they should make their image themselves.

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“Imperfections Make us Real”, Says Actor Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann reveals that he finds perfection boring

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According to Ayushmann, Perfection is quite passe today because we have all realised that we are imperfect and we celebrate that quite vocally. We no longer aspire to become perfect, we aspire to be better. Wikimedia Commons

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently the audience’s favourite imperfect hero on screen. He considers imperfect characters to be the most real and believes that the audience connects to such people instantly due to relatability.

“Our imperfections make us real and everyone connects to people and stories that are absolutely real, that they can easily relate to and are believable. People should be able to see the problems, the joys, the pain, the victories, the ambitions, the imperfections and say ‘yes we are like this, we feel the same thing and we have lived the same life’. And this is what drives me to choose my films,” Ayushmann said.

His imperfect characters in films like “Vicky Donor”, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”, “Bareilli Ki Barfi”, “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, “Bala” and “AndhaDhun” were loved by many.

“I’m on a constant lookout for imperfection because invariably they give us the best stories to tell. An imperfect man can do something incredibly heroic and that’s what the audience will love.

“Triumphing over one’s situation, one’s own self are the stories that people love to see. If you look at all my films, I have played an imperfect hero, a flawed human being who goes through his own struggles to do something out of the ordinary. These are the characters that appeal to me because such characters are genuine and fortunately the audience has also loved these on screen,” he said.

Ayushmann reveals that he finds perfection boring.

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently the audience’s favourite imperfect hero on screen. He considers imperfect characters to be the most real and believes that the audience connects to such people instantly due to relatability. Bollywood Country

“There is an inherent charm about imperfection which is infectious. They are highly interesting, they have a distinct personality, they have a gripping journey and it’s very appealing,” he said.

“Perfection is quite passe today because we have all realised that we are imperfect and we celebrate that quite vocally. We no longer aspire to become perfect, we aspire to be better.

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“We recognise that the struggle is real and we celebrate who and what we actually are. We aren’t afraid to look into our own eyes and accept ourselves in our truest form. That’s what I want to champion on screen through my work,” he added. (Bollywood Country)