For his comeback venture Chein Aey Na, Syed Noor's shown he has a nose for fresh talent.
The veteran director has cast Miss Pakistan USA 2015 Sarish Khan and Shahroz Sabzwari in the lead of a cast full of veterans, including Atiqa Odho, Behroz Sabzwari, Mustafa Qureshi and Nadeem Baig. Adil Murad, son of legendary actor Waheed Murad, is also in the film.
Chein Aey Na is "pure romance", Shahroz tells Images. "There are seven to eight songs in the movie, so it's obvious that it's romantic."
The lead actors say they are excited to work with Syed Noor for their first films.
"It is such an honour working with Syed Noor. I'm so thrilled!" Sarish said.
"It was just meant to be," she reveals. "Noor Uncle and my family go way back. He recently discovered that I am entering the world of entertainment and we were both excited at the thought of working together. After reading the story I was immediately on board."
Shahroz has been itching to work with Syed Noor for a long time too.
"Noor sahab and me have been talking for five years. I was very adamant that I want to do a film with Syed Noor sahab because he's a perfect filmmaker. I read like two or three scripts but they didn't click with me, and no other film director was working on a script that I'd feel invested in. With my family background, we've been watching films being made for so long, and I mean good films, and in that, Noor sahab has a good history. I got a call from him and he said 'Shahroz, I think I've finally written something that's perfect for you,' and I instantly said yes. I have blind faith in him."
Still, Shahroz is a tad nervous about the film.
He says, "We're starting shooting from next week. I know that expectations are very high, because it's a Syed Noor film and after a long time there's a romantic film in the making, that too with new people, so yeah, that is a little scary for me. But we're in safe hands."
Sarish chips in, "I'm overjoyed that he chose me out of everyone to be his heroine. And I sure will put in every effort to exceed his expectations. Ab toh sahi mai Chein Aey Na!"
The film is likely to come out on Eid next year.