When award-winning director Haissem Hussain and producer Sadia Jabbar announced they were making a film a few months ago, it generated a lot of excitement amongst the director’s legions of fans.
Although he was a smaller part of one of this year’s biggest movies, Bin Roye, he managed to leave his mark with the fabulous pre-interval climax. After making blockbusters like Dastaan , Aunn Zara, Kuch Pyaar, Aik Nayee Cinderella, Ishq Ghumshuda and cult classics such as Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan and Akbari Asghari, he has raised the audience's expectations of any film he makes.
Well, we're letting the secret out of the bag:
The word from the production house is that Haissam's film will be titled Balu Mahi, has a fresh young vibe and is geared to a young audience and families.
The question is who will be Balu and who will be Mahi?
Hussain has worked with crème de la crème of the Pakistani entertainment industry: Humayun Saeed, Imran Abbas, Mikaal Zulfikar , Ahsan Khan and Osman Khalid Butt. He has directed no less than three serials with Fawad Khan and his list of heroines is equally impressive, ranging from Sanam Baloch, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malik, Aamina Sheikh, Saba Qamar to Maya Ali .
Speculation was rife a year ago when popular actress Nadia Jamil announced she was writing a script with him for a cast that included Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan and Sanam Baloch. However, that project seems to be on the backburner and an announcement for Balu Mahi is imminent.
While a lot of fans are taking to Twitter to push for their favourite jodis like Osman Khalid Butt-Maya Ali, Fawad Khan-Sanam Baloch or Fawad-Mahira Khan or even Imran Abbas-Humaima Malick or Ali Zafar-Humaima Malick, the director remains tightlipped.
Insiders at the production company also suggested that Balu Mahi is a fun romantic comedy. It makes sense then that fans have been suggesting Mikaal Zulfikar-Sanam Saeed or Mikaal-Sanam Baloch, conjuring up images from the former jodi's highly successful UFone ads or the latter jodi’s superb chemistry in Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan.
While these super hot pairs are easy on the eyes, something a little new, a little different seems to be the order of the day.
While the production house keeps tantalizing fans with hints about shaking things up and a novel combination, we are waiting with baited breath to see what happens next.
The Pakistani film industry is booming, as everyone seems to be signing a film every other day. However, with time there will be an inevitable thinning of the herd as only the talented and lucky survive. It will be interesting to see what a proven director/producer duo like Haissem Hussain and Sadia Jabbar bring to the silver screen.