Director Bilal Lashari’s The Legend of Maula Jatt finally has an October 13 release date after delays upon delays. On Wednesday, a new poster for the film was revealed, featuring the weapon of the legendary Maula Jatt.
The film features superstars Fawad Khan as Maula Jatt, and Mahira Khan as Mukkho. The Punjabi-language film is a reboot of Yunus Malik’s 1979 cult classic Maula Jatt and will be the very popular pair’s second project together after Humsafar 11 years ago.
The cast for the film also includes Hamza Ali Abbasi as antagonist Noori Natt, Humaima Malik as Daro, Faris Shafi as Mooda and Gohar Rasheed as Makha.
The film draws focus on the legendary rivalry between Maula Jatt and Noori Natt. Lashari, who debuted with Waar, broke box office records in Pakistan and people are expecting great things from his new film as well. And it’s not just Pakistanis who have great expectations for the film — Indians are also eagerly anticipating it.
The Legend of Maula Jatt is being produced by Ammara Hikmat’s Encyclomedia and Lashari Films. The distribution will be done by Nadeem Mandvivalla under Mandviwalla Entertainment. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on October 13 and is being distributed by Pranad Kapadia of Moviegoers Entertainment for the international market.
Mandvivalla told Variety, “It is our immense pleasure to become a part of the most ambitious project from Pakistan, The Legend of Maula Jatt, an Encyclomedia and Lashari Films production. Releasing the spectacular The Legend Of Maula Jatt is not only going to be challenging but is also perceived to create a milestone in the history of Pakistani cinema.”
“It gives me immense pleasure and is an honour to play the role of the legendary Maula Jatt,’ Fawad told the publication. “It was an absolute joy working with the team. I wish us all the very best of luck to all and I hope the audience enjoys it as much as I enjoyed during the making.”
Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad star Mahira said, “No matter what project I promote I’m asked about The Legend Of Maula Jatt. This was a unique experience for me as an actor, learning to act in a language that I don’t know specifically was a challenge that I enjoyed. I believe that great things happen when hard work and patience are combined.”
“A 10-year journey of creating an impossible film will conclude this October in a cinema near you,” said the film director. Hikmat, the film producer added, “I hope this film proves to be one of those history-defining moments for South Asian cinema that it deserves.”
The film was scheduled for a release two years ago on Eid 2020 but faced a setback and was shelved for a while. It was also accused of copyright infringement by Muttaqi Sarwar, the son of Muhammad Sarwar Bhatti, who produced the hit 1979 film starring Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi. However in 2020 both parties reached a settlement.