Qureshi was inspired by ‘Singham’ for ‘QAZ’

Filmmaker and screenwriter Nabeel Qureshi, who began his journey with his college friend Fizza Ali Meerza, is currently enjoying the success of Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad. Since their television debut, the duo have made immense contributions to the new wave of Pakistani cinema, from Na Maloon Afraad, which was released in 2014. Since then, they have been managing artists with the biggest names in the world of showbiz.

On how Qureshi and Meerza decide on themes or storylines for their movies, Qureshi said Fuchsia that he was never a follower of trends, but that their films are heavily inspired by pop culture and current socio-political issues. “Normally if something bothers people, they put up a status on social media about it. We don’t put status on social media, instead we make a movie out of it. With how exciting our country is, every day there’s a new thing that bugs us, so we definitely get a lot of influence out of that,” the filmmaker joked.

Speaking for Filmwala Pictures, he added: “We like to make films with a purpose. Entertainment, of course, is one of the most important ingredients, but when an audience comes to the theater we like to make sure that something resonates with them and stays with them enough to impact their lives, that it is small or large. . If 10 lake people watch the movie and 100 go afterwards, that works for us.

When Qureshi was asked if Meerza ever did a memo about the current issues between them regarding film as a medium, the actor said that at that time they just wanted to make a film. , good entertainment. “At that time, there were hardly any films. All we cared about was releasing a good film and then dying. We wanted to have a product that didn’t look independent and that can compete with Bollywood and Hollywood films in terms of quality, at least. actor in law the manufacturer has accepted that Na Maloom Afraad was a bit indie but its sonic and technical aspects were up to par.

Let’s move on to their latest movie, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad, Qureshi shared that they’re very happy with the feedback they’ve received so far from audiences — so much so that he hopes (and secretly believes) the film will do better than his highest-grossing film. Legal actor.

Recalling one such comment which he liked, he added: “One person told me that she had shown the film to her children. They told me they had recently watched Mrs. Wonder where they talked about Gandhi and Nehru in the series but there was no mention of Quaid-e-Azam. So he was really happy that a movie was about Quaid-e-Azam.

The idea of ​​a mysterious economic crash came to Qureshi more than three years ago. “I first thought the country would wake up because of a problem with the rupee, but we would still be stuck with it. To develop it further, Fizza thought that rupee banknotes have the image of Quaid-e-Azam and he looks at us from there and when we do something wrong he gets angry. It looked so fun, we made it the opening dialogue of the movie!

Qureshi attributes this idea to all “corrupt” natives of Pakistan. Support his thought with the lyrics of Shehzad Roy from his song Laga Reh, he said: “You know how Shehzad Roy said that ‘shareef wohi hai jisko mauqa nahi mila’ (Only those who haven’t found an opportunity are innocent) it’s the same in our country, everyone is corrupt, everyone is a thief. It’s not just the police or the politicians. Morally or otherwise, everyone likes to steal things. And that gave me the idea that it’s not one person or one class that needs to be fixed, it’s the whole nation.

On how the duo handle disagreements in the plot when writing or directing a film, Qureshi added that they have a very cordial and respectful relationship. “There are no ego issues between Fizza and me. We present logical arguments to defend our idea and whoever gives a more logical explanation, we follow that person’s idea.

A rare thing in the industry, Qureshi did not hesitate to accept that he draws inspiration from other films and filmmakers to pay tribute to them and he was inspired by two films while filming Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa -featured. However, he added that some things are a pain to recreate even remotely given limited resources.

“I take inspiration from other films and there are iconic cinematic scenes that I want to recreate in my films. It’s my way of paying homage to them. And yes, for Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad so I recreated the opening scenes of Singham and Matrix.”

Praising the tracks in his film, Qureshi shared that he had fun working with Mahira and Fahad. Calling Fahad a “director actor”, Qureshi shared how easy it has always been to work with him considering his hard work.

“Fahad and Mahira bring no baggage and no negative energy to set,” the filmmaker shared, adding that Mahira was so “brilliant” he barely had to give her instructions.

Apart from the main cast, Qureshi also paid tribute to Javed Sheikh for agreeing to play a small but pivotal role in the action thriller. “I think it’s very important for Javed Sheikh to have accepted this role. Some days he didn’t even have dialogues, but I salute him for playing this role and that too, in a fantastic way.

Talking about the difficulties in shooting the film, Qureshi shared that the journey was full of ups and downs. From Fahad’s leg injury due to action sequences to a ten-minute scene costing them 40% of the film’s budget due to a cargo plane model, and a three-day shoot at Frere Hall, filming was taxing – financially, physically and emotionally. However, he added that there were also good parts like the police team helping them train and shoot in jail for their sequences despite their portrayal in the movie.

About introducing new faces in his films, Qureshi exclaimed that he is always ready to cast and introduce new faces and has done so in the past like Kubra Khan and Mohsin Abbas Haider but unfortunately, “New faces come with risks. People don’t accept new faces most of the time.

Concluding with a dialogue on the future growth of Pakistani cinema, Qureshi highlighted how the industry has taken a hit after the pandemic. He feels it is imperative that only filmmakers who are truly passionate about the work continue to produce and work on ideas, otherwise, if films continue to be released for content and quantity reasons, it will become more difficult to win back the public confidence in Pakistan. film again.

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