“Doctor Strange” Outrages Pakistani Filmmakers

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Cinemas around the world have suffered as a result of the pandemic. There were no movies released in Pakistani cinemas during the corona virus period. There were numerous setbacks in the filming processes. It has been a long time since the release of five movies, but they have finally been released. Therefore, filmmakers can look forward to some good news this year.

The five local films include Parde Mein Rehne Do, Ghabrana Nahi Hai, Chakkar, Dum Mastam as well as Tere Bajre Di Rakhi. On the other hand, a Hollywood film based on the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange has also been released. The five Pakistani films made a mark on the box office immediately after their release.

However, as soon as Doctor Strange launched, Pakistani films would be forced to compete for the audience’s attention with it. In spite of this, some of Pakistan’s best-known directors and producers are still unable to get their films into the hands of the Pakistani audiences.

Many famous directors and producers are taking their steps against the favoring of Hollywood movies instead of Pakistani films. Furthermore, they have raised their voices at Karachi Arts Council. Even Wajahat Rauf, Parde Mein Rehne Do’s director and his wife appealed to the netizens to support Pakistani films. In addition, Nida Yasir producer of Chakkar posted on Instagram regarding this stating “kaisay bachaye Pakistani Cinema ko”.

Twitter was flooded with scathing tweets urging them to provide better content. If they could generate quality content, a fan tweeted that they would stop watching Hollywood. In conclusion, blackmailing cinemas into showing their films to empty screens for six months will not benefit the industry. The release of five films on Eid, all of which conflict with the release of Doctor Strange, seems ridiculous. Do Pakistani filmmakers really think that people will pay to see movies like Perde Mein Rehne Do or Ghabrana Nahi Hai?

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Nismah Naveed Bhatti
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