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2 Countries, 12 films – It takes two!

by on March 18, 2016
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Wagah Border witnessed 12 filmmakers , 6 each from Pakistan & India and making history – for collaborating and making films for Zee Unity. This is an initiative to promote peace and harmony between the two countries.

Aparna Sen, Bejoy Nambiar, Ketan Mehta, Nikkhil Advani, Tanuja Chandra and Tigmanshu Dhulia from India; and Khalid Ahmed, Mehreen Jabbar, Meenu-Farjad, Sabiha Sumar, Shahbaz Sumar and Siraj ul Haque from Pakistan have come together to give the audience a visual and emotional treat for years to come.

Following are the films you have to look out for:

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Silvat  | 
Filmmaker: Tanuja Chandra  |  Cast: Kartik Tiwari, Meher Mistry

Noor’s married life is nothing more than a never-ending wait for her husband to return to her someday from abroad. Until one fateful day she realizes that she has fallen in love with a much younger man, a tailor named Anwar. Can Noor keep up with the role of playing a devout wife to her husband or will she give in to the lover she yearns for with every passing moment?

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Lala Begum |
 Filmmaker: Mehreen Jabbar | 
Cast: Marina Khan, Humayun Saeed, Sonia Rehman

What happens when after 20 odd years of estrangement, two sisters are forced to have a face-to-face confrontation? The story through the emotional journey of two sisters who are trying to find the right moment where they can come together and start a conversation.

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Dobaara |
 Filmmaker: Bejoy Nambiar | 
Cast: Manav Kaul, Parvathy Omanakuttan

22-year old Parvathy is a free-spirited girl who loves to live life on her terms. However, when she is left with no option but to tie the knot with a man of her parents’ choice, her life takes a 360 degree turn. After 20 years of her arranged marriage, Parvathy gets the courage to take a drastic step, shaking up her marriage.

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Laloolal.com | Filmmaker: Khalid Ahmad | Cast: Faisal Qureshi, Natasha Portress

Just when  everything in the village is going about like clockwork, a young English woman named Sue appears at the office of the local union council with a plea to help her find her missing husband. Like all tricky cases, this one too is assigned to the Laloolal. It turns out to be a journey that will make Laloolal question his morals and everything he has stood for till date.

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Jeewan Haathi | 
Filmmakers: Meenu Gaur & Farjad | 
Cast: Naseeruddin SHah, Adnan Jaffar, Samiya Mumtaz, Hina Dilpazeer

A satire and black comedy on the world of media and its manufactured reality with absolutely no bearing on anything except ratings. Thriving on daily controversy and sensationalism, this film follows a symbolic tale of how the media generates and creates conflict in society.

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Saari Raat | 
Filmmaker: Aparna Sen | 
Cast: Konkana Sen Sharma, Ritwik Chakraborty, Anjan Dutt

On a stormy night, a stranded couple find themselves taking shelter in a dilapidated warehouse. But this seemingly haunted abode turns out, to the couple’s surprise, to be inhabited. But their night with the host turns out to be one full of revelations. He draws out secrets from their lives that they had never known about themselves or about each other. The couple find themselves during an unforgettable night that changes their life forever.

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Baarish aur Chowmein |
 Filmmaker: Tigmanshu Dhulia | 
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Amith Sadh

The story revolves around Siraj who has just moved from Lucknow and lies to his landlord in order to find a place to stay. Unfortunately he falls in love with the landlord’s daughter whose vivacious nature brings colour into his life. But what if she finds out about his secret identity?

 

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Chotay Shah |
 Filmmaker: Sabiha Sumar  |  Cast: Adnan Jaffar, Naveed Shehzad, Tara Mahmood

The Shahs were once wealthy land-owners with large, ostentatious mansions and parties galore. However, India’s partition led to them losing their wealth. Over generations their fortunes began to diminish. One such unfortunate family is Mohammad Asghar’s. Bound by duty and debt as he tries to maintain the family’s last kothi, Asghar is driven by separation and ends up making rash decisions with surprising outcomes.

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Khaemae Mein Matt Jhankain | 
Filmmaker: Shahbaz Sumar | 
Cast: Hassan Abbas, Sara Haider

In a small, quiet village cut off from the rest of civilization, a circus accidentally lands in town. Stepped in superstition, the villagers sit around the fire at night telling tales of a magical fairy that has descended with the circus. Treading the fine line between myth and reality, nothing can prepare the villagers for the truth that will be uncovered.

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Guddu Engiineer | Fimmaker: Nikhil Advani | 
Cast: Prabuddh Dyma, Pranali Ghoghare

Two great friends, an engineering course in progress and acceptance by the girl he loves. One simple choice between love and hate is about to change it all for Guddu. He symbolises the youth from both India and Pakistan for whom each day is a vote between warmth and loathing.

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Mohabbat Ki Aakhri Kahaani | Filmmaker Siraj-Ul-Haque | 
Cast: Saba Qamar, Ahsan Khan

The film exposes the dark truth of honour killing which is a burning issue on both sides of the border. The story revolves around a modern day Romeo-Juliet frequenting a village haveli, where they have been listening to folklore love tales sine childhood.

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Toba Tek Singh | Filmmaker Ketan Mehta | Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak

Based on the famous story written by the legendary writer Saadat Hasan Manto. The story takes place just before the India-Pakistan partition in one of the oldest mental asylums in undivided India. Situated in Lahore, it was home to patients from all religions who were eventually left behind by their uncaring families. It is a story of displacement and how painful it is even for the people who are not in their senses.