Updated 04 Oct, 2015

It was only time before actor Faysal Qureshi joins his fellow small-screen stars in making the leap to the new age of Pakistani cinema.

We are (pleasantly) surprised to learn that his film will be no slapstick comedy, action, drama or other large-scale commercial venture.

Faysal is appearing in a non-commercial film, titled, with veteran actor/playwright Khalid Ahmed at the helm.

"I love parallel cinema," the actor told Images.

Faysal as Laloo - Photo courtesy Faysal Quraishi
Faysal as Laloo - Photo courtesy Faysal Quraishi

Faysal's first recent film appearance was a brief role in the (also) non-commercial Manto, but that film was being made as TV serial when he shot for it. is about Laloo, "a man who helps people without any resources". The plot is driven by Laloo's need to help a woman named Soe, and in doing so he "somehow loses his love Chandan" Faysal told Images.

TV star Aimen Iqbal stars as Chandan, while Australian actress Natasha plays Soe's role in in the film.

The film is being shot by Dukhtar and Zibahkhana cinematographer, Najaf Bilgrami.

The shoot is currently on-going in Thar, Sindh, and it sounds quite grueling: will first travel the film festival circuit before releasing in Pakistan. The film's release date is yet to be decided.

An earlier version of this story reported that will be Faysal Qureshi's debut film. The error is regretted.


Faraz Oct 04, 2015 12:14pm
Wrong. Faysal started from the big screen, albeit not so successfully -- his first film as the male lead was the 1996 dud called Marvi, following which he appeared in smaller roles, including another film called Mard Jeenay Nahi Deetay. Struggling on the big screen, he found some traction on television. His career subsequently picked up with the advent of cable TV.
Azhar Oct 04, 2015 12:52pm
It's heartening to read a story about a new Pakistani film almost every week. I hope this resurgence in our cinema does not follow the Bollywood path. Iranians have succeeded in creating a string of quality movies without worrying about their commercial potential island. Our artists can do likewise.
jawad Oct 04, 2015 02:26pm
i am a die hard fan of Faisal sab i loved his drama Boota from Tooba Tak Singh 1999. i was only 10 when it came out and we didn't have TV at home i would goto my relative's home in village to watch in black n white. Those were the days. Faisal Qureshi is a gifted actor all his dramas are amazing he is so talented,
Bahubali Oct 04, 2015 09:21pm
Laloolal Ji come again ;)
Madhusudan Oct 04, 2015 09:38pm
@Azhar why bringing bollywood every time pakistani films are mentioned.
Safina Santosh Oct 05, 2015 07:00am
The Pakistani film industry is sure booting up but we need more marketing and exposure for Pakistanis living abroad who do not have a center for information. We in Pakistan are not that organized we need to create a market abroad so people can hopefully enjoy, invest and help bring more creative talent to bring Pakistani to the world stage level. Pakistan as a whole does a mieserabke job to market the country, the fabric industry and any thing made in Pakistan we hear from CNN news and BBC of products and talent not from any Pakistani news media so we need to change this any suggestions out there?
Mukesh Singh Oct 05, 2015 12:17pm
Watching Faysal is always delightful. Tv Serials, Talk show or Movies . Forever youth!!! Love you ..