Mehreen Jabbar says that she introduces a new genre to Pakistani cinema with Dobara Phir Se - Publicity photo
Mehreen Jabbar says that she introduces a new genre to Pakistani cinema with Dobara Phir Se - Publicity photo

It does not happen very often in our country that the director of a film arrives at a press conference bang on time. On Saturday evening Mehreen Jabbar did. She was at a local hotel to talk about her film Dobara Phir Se, which will be released on Nov 25. Sadly, no one else, especially the star cast of the movie, has Ms Jabbar’s sense of time –– they arrived much later.

The red carpet before the presser lasted for more than an hour. Responding to the media’s questions on the current phase of the Pakistan film industry, Ms Jabbar said it was an exciting time. She said a lot of people from different fields (TV commercials, TV drama industry etc) were making films, which was lending variety to the themes. She said she was hopeful that if the process continued our industry would get stronger.

Read on: Take a look behind the scenes of Mehreen Jabbar's next film, Dobara Phir Se

On her film Ms Jabbar said it belonged to a genre which was introduced in Pakistan for the first time. She said it was an ensemble piece, having many characters but all of them were important. She said television played a significant role in her career.

Renowned actress Atiqa Odho, who is playing an important character in the film, said everybody had worked hard on the project. She said we should try and help our industry go from strength to strength.

The cast of the film laughing at a joke cracked by Ali Kazmi at the event yesterday — Fahim Siddiqi / White Star
The cast of the film laughing at a joke cracked by Ali Kazmi at the event yesterday — Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

After the red carpet event, the director, producer and cast members of the film were invited on stage for chitchat with Ali Kazmi, who is playing one of the leading roles in Dobara Phir Se. Replying to a question about the storyline of the film, Ms Jabbar said it’s a simple story of complicated relationships. Discussing the idea of shooting the project in New York and Pakistan, she said she lived in New York, so the story was ‘organically’ set there. She said she had already done drama serials in New York, but film was made on a much larger scale. “It was great for the screen.”

Producer of Dobara Phir Se Salman Iqbal said there were two benefits of shooting in New York. The first one, he said, was that you got amazing background. The second he said was that it gave a sense that our industry had matured.

After that Mr Kazmi called the cast –– Hareem Farooq, Adeel Hussain, Tooba Siddiqui and Sanam Saeed –– of the movie on stage, and had a casual conversation with them. In between the discussion, the trailer for the film and a couple of songs were also shown.


Originally published in Dawn November 13th, 2016

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