Posters of the film.
Posters of the film.

You would think that a team as witty and playful as the Banana News Network (BNN) and 4 Man Show folks would continue its streak of side-splitting TV shows. But Murtaza and Faysal Chaudary are stepping away from the media limelight and entering the uncharted territory of big screens.

Their upcoming venture Quetta is centered on the survival story of three men. With Murtaza donning the director's cap and also doing screenplay, Faysal is at the helm for the film's writing.

Murtaza tells Images Quetta is an "emotional drama" set in a city of significant historical and geographical importance.

"The film is set in Quetta. It documents the journeys of three individuals of different age groups who have diverse experiences and aspirations. What brings them together is their ability to dream against the magnanimous odds."

"It has been shot in Quetta to the core. Not only did we shoot the entire movie there but all the actors, costume designers and production support staff are also from there."

While the makers are the much-adored men from one of Pakistan's most popular comedy shows, the film doesn't boast famous actors in the lead.

"A real story could be best portrayed by real people who have lived those stories. To ensure that the screen is authentic and genuine to the viewers, except a few veterans, majority of the cast members are new actors."

When asked why they made the dramatic switch from humour to drama, Murtaza says it's a matter of perception.

"We have been a household name for raising serious societal problems and issues in a humorous manner. This time the chosen medium is also what you and I call 'serious'."

While satire is a clever tool that highlights societal ills, Murtaza feels certain stories should be addressed with a grave concern.

"Humour is a rubber sword, it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. We have always used humour to bring to fore society's prevailing issues, albeit in a subdued way. This film is an extension of the same thought process and aims to evoke emotions regarding forgotten issues."

Will they leave what they do best — political satire? Not quite.

"While the interest for political satire is very much present, we have intentionally taken a break to focus on film projects," he assured.

Murtaza says the film is slated for an international release in January next year and "very soon" across the country.

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