Movies are always a good source of entertainment. It gets even better if a movie is able to educate you too. Historical films like Khel Khel Mein help you in seeing an event from a different perspective. They help you relive a moment that you may not have been a part of.
Get ready to witness a historical film in the cinemas now. This Pakistani movie ‘Khel Khel Mein’ shares interesting snippets of history. The movie shows two generations who have been victims of Bangladesh’s brutality. It shows the time when East Pakistan separated from Pakistan.
Film Director Nabeel Qureshi
The film is directed by Nabeel Qureshi. He is a great and renowned director in the Pakistani Film industry. Qureshi hails from Sukkur, Sindh. He began his work experience through the platform AAJ TV. Here, he directed promos. After a year, he pursued studying theatre till 2006. He has experience in creating advertisements, television dramas, cooking programs and films. Qureshi directed the famous comedy news show by the name of ‘Banana News Network’ too. He also directed a famous music video for Mohsin Abbas Haider.
Best Director Award for Na Maloom Afraad
In the film industry, Qureshi landed his first assignment in 2014. He worked on the movie ‘Na Maloom Afraad’ along with Fizza Ali Meerza. The comedy film was a huge success. It starred big names like Urwa Hocane, Fahad Mustafa and Mohsin Abbas Haider. It collected over 12.2 crore rupees in 2015. Qureshi won the Best Director award for this movie too. The film also won the Best Film Award too. After that, in 2015, Qureshi pursued another project with Fizza Ali Meerza. This movie was a social satire by the name of ‘Actor in Law’. The film was released in 2016 and received a good response. The film was able to gather more than 30 crore rupees.
With the success of ‘Naa Maloom Afraad’, the duo also planned to release a sequel to this movie. They decided to portray it as a different story than the previous one. It was shot in Cape Town, South Africa. The film was shown on-screen in 2017, not only in Pakistan but around the world. The film received a great response this time too. It managed to collect more than 20 crore rupees.
Seeing this success, Nabeel also directed another comedy titled ‘Load Wedding’. It starred Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa. The movie earned good success and was applauded by critics.
After this time, however, the pandemic came in. It placed the showbiz industry into a complete halt. With the introduction of vaccines, the situation got better in Pakistan in the year 2021. As a result, the duo decided to release their upcoming historical movie ‘Khel Khel Mein’.
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Khel Khel Mein Film Plot and Inspiration
The film’s writers are Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi. The same famous duo. The stars in this film include: Sajal Aly, Farhan Ali Agha, and Mojiz Hasan as leads. The film features the famous actors: Marina Khan and Javed Sheikh. Shehryar Munawar with Nazar Hussain, Irfan Motiwala, and Samina Ahmed will appear too.
The release of this film marks the time frame of 50 years of East Pakistan’s succession. The story starts with a time when people are happy. The youth is a particular focus of this movie. They are as happy people who are enjoying their lives. But, the matters change very soon.
The plot of this movie is about Dhaka’s fall. It shows the mysteries and mistrusts surrounding this event. The films addresses all queries and curiosities surrounding the fall of Dhaka. The students in the film explore this historical event. The story resonates a peaceful message for everyone.
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Movies Made on Pakistani History and Culture
There are many other movies built on History of Pakistan. These films pick different snippets of history. These films offer interesting insights onto the historical development of the country.
Here are some previous famous movies, which you should watch after Khel Khel Mein.
Anarkali, in 1958, was a movie which talked about the Mughal Empire. It talked about the love story between Anarkali, a slave, and Prince Salim. Umrao Jaan Ada, in 1972, talked about the exploitation of a young girl who wanted to be a poet. It showcases a famous story of the Pakistani culture.
Maula Jatt, in 1979, showed traditions of the Punjabi community. Jinnah, in 1998, showed the biopic of the father of the nation. It showed the circumstances which led to the creation of Pakistan. The film also shares the turmoil which people had to face during Partition.
Khuda Kay Liye
Khuda Kay Liye, in 2007, talked about the menace of terrorism in Pakistan. It spoke about how conditions changed for Muslim after 9/11. Bol, in 2011, came to talk about women’s rights. It portrayed the problems faced by Pakistani women.
Main Hood Shahid Afridi
Main Hood Shahid Afridi, in 2013, speaks about the dreams of playing cricket. These dreams are shared by almost every Pakistani boy. It speaks about the cricket legends the country has produced.
Waar, in 2013, speaks on the issue of terrorism and what Pakistan is doing to counter it.
Shah, in 2015, is actually a biopic of Syed Hussain Shah. He was a legendary boxer from Pakistan. The film shows his rise to fame, after coming from the slums.
Moor, in 2015, shows the underexplored cultures, traditions and regions of the country. It shows the dynamics of Balochistan of Pakistan.
Manto, in 2015, is a biopic based on the life of Saadat Hasan Manto. He is one of the most famous writers of the country.
The script shows the issues faced by the newly formed country of Pakistan.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, in 2016, is a comedy which talks about stereotypes in Pakistan. The movie talks about the conservative culture of the country.
Punjab Nahi Jaungi
Punjab Nahi Jaungi, in 2017, speaks about cities and villages in Pakistan. The movie presents a contrast between urban and rural areas of Pakistan. The movie is a comedy but it also presents sarcasm.
Through these lists, we can conclude that the Pakistani film industry is diverse. The themes are varied and the subject matters are different. Some movies talk about the good parts. Whereas, some movies talk about the not-so-good parts. It shows how honest the industry is. They are instilled in giving something beneficial through the lens of movies. And the movie-goers are happy about it!
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Purpose of The Movie
The film is youth-oriented, according to director Nabeel Qureshi. The movie starts with a drama club of a university. The students are producing a play based on the fall of Dhaka in 1971. They want to show that play in a drama festival in Dhaka itself.
Nabeel shares that usually Pakistani movies talk about the success of Pakistan. He says we should also talk about the failures we have faced as a nation. He said that he is certainly aware that it talks about a sensitive and controversial issue. The writers and directors feel that it is important to talk about these things too. The movie’s cinematography, acting and videography is good. It entices the viewer. The movie was released on November 19, 2021 in cinemas.
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So far, Pakistani film industry has not produced any movie on the fall of Dhaka. We are interested to see how this event will be narrated in the movie. The good thing about Lollywood is that it provides a good platform for many diverse ideas. Directors and writers have freedom to paint their thoughts on screen. It helps the audience become more critical and educated while they enjoy the movies. We wish the ‘Khel Khel Mein’ team all the best!