Project Ghazi is finally set for release this week and we're excited.
The film's initial release in July 2017 was postponed after its premiere proved that it had a long way to go. Even lead Humayun Saeed walked out of the movie within 20 minutes. Yikes.
Since that incident, the movie industry has definitely made strides forward, but I couldn't help but wonder: what's up with Project Ghazi? Why is everyone so mum about it? And what are they fixing?
I ask this, because on July 13, 2017, we were there at the premiere of the action film and we saw what very few did.
Project Ghazi stars Sheheryar Munawar as a scientifically enhanced super-soldier (very Captain America) who has to stop the bad guy from... doing something bad. That's all I can say, because the film had its fair share of problems.
Now, I'm not a picky person. I am forgiving when it comes to weak VFX or if the action isn't choreographed well. Our entertainment industry has a long way to go and I will commend any strong efforts. But what I saw that day had left me befuddled and downright sad. When you muck up the basics, we have a serious problem.
Now that the film is hitting the screens again, I'm hoping there are improvements in the film. Here are a few changes we hope they made to the film.
The sound needs to be improved
Humayun Saeed had said of the 2017 premiere, "I couldn't let this be the final product of Project Ghazi. The audience couldn't be shown this. How can people judge a movie that they couldn't even hear properly? I just couldn't bear it, I left within 20 minutes, thinking if I can't understand it how will anyone else."
And he had a point, because the sound quality of the film was so bad we thought the cinema was to blame, because no way could a film be allowed to screen with quality like this. There may have been crucial information given in the movie and we wouldn't know because it sounded like alien talk from every sci-fi movie ever.
I hope it's edited more coherently
Project Ghazi made me wonder if I was dreaming, because just how choppy and jumpy the segments are in a chaotic dream, the editing was in this film. It was very obvious that the film was lacking a proper - if any - storyboard and looked like random sequences were thrown together.
A single scene of a conversation would have so many jump shots it was visually painful to watch. Literally, I needed eye drops afterwards.
The plot needs work
Since July 13, 2017, I've been asked what exactly was Project Ghazi's plot and I haven't been able to answer because I really didn't get it. I know as much as the person who hasn't seen it and that's just sad.
My colleague and I tried to explain the movie to our fellow staffers and the result was similar to a grandfather telling five jokes at the same time.
Characters would randomly jump in the scene and disappear just as fast. We later learned a character we saw for a total of 7.5 minutes was integral to the plot and stared at each other going "huh!?"
At this stage I go back to holding the film's editing responsible and hope that we understand what's going on in the movie now.
Speed up that slow motion
One misses the adrenaline rush you get while watching high-flying action sequences because in Project Ghazi the overused slow-motion takes away every emotion save for 'meh'.
When used correctly, a slow-motion shot can make the perfect impact. But when every shot is slowed down, it becomes draining to watch.
I know The Matrix continues to inspire everyone but there was more to that film than those slow-motion shots, like the non-slow motion shots.
Tone down the advertisements
We are all well aware of how product placement works but the team behind the film clearly wasn't. There were moments where I thought the film had an intermission with a TVC playing, only to find out it was still Project Ghazi. I skip ads on YouTube, why did I have to watch a complete Tang commercial within the film?
That being said, that Tang segment was the most coherent part of the movie, so I don't know how I feel about it anymore.