Feature | High-Concept Stories, Adaptions and Branding: The Industry’s New State of Depression

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Kamran Jawaid  |  This is the unedited original copy of the feature published in DAWN’s ICON with the title “Cinema Without Ideas” on the 21st of May 2017. The Dawn copy can be read here and its print copy is attached at the end of the post.


Pakistani cinema is in a state of rut. We push, we pull, we skid-forward a centimeter, if not an inch. We have cinema screens and motion pictures, and we have a working model where films “perceived” to be high-concept – that is, films that give you the best bang for your buck – vie for the most financially lucrative release dates: the two Eids. And yet despite the formula, good motion pictures are as rare as a big-foot sighting.

Like wrongly spotting the abominable beast (often just a bear, or an unshaved hobo living in the forest), the realization of a fake-hurrah at a films premiere gets embarrassing – fast. One sighs, and moves on.

Pakistani Filmmakers share that same awkwardness. They humbly apologize for their blunders, admitting their amateurism and lack of insight right after their film’s first show. Their initial rush of enthusiasm, instantly gunned-down by bad reviews and the audience’s indifference. Forget a five-star rating – at that day, three-stars would do.

Or would it?

The only recurring theme in Pakistani Cinema– other than the superfluity of brands and mediocre plots – is a producer’s state of depression. Today, even blockbusters lose money – and with rare exception, barely breakeven.

Talking to Icon, four filmmakers – Jamshed Mehmood (Jami), Asim Raza, Hassan Waqas Rana, and Hassan Azhar. Each representing an idiosyncratic mindset, discuss cinema’s “new lacks”: the lack of good writers, source materials, big ideas – all while holding on to one’s own identity in the current state of the industry.

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Review: Moor by Kamran Jawaid

The post is the updated copy of the review published in MAG – The Weekly, 22nd August 2015, found here.

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A Father, A Son, An Auteur — Oh the Choices!

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Jagged and impatient, Jami’s Moor is the work of a genius – or to be precise, one terribly close to genius-dom. One factor is undeniable, it is an auteur’s composition – and as such, comes with a sizable dosage of pitfalls. (Well, some might call them pitfalls). Continue reading “Review: Moor by Kamran Jawaid”

Downward Dog: Teaser Review by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of the feature published at Dawn.com on 16th of August 2013.

Entertainment Page Blurb: An early trailer review and conversation with Jami on his upcoming movie Downward Dog, gives insight on a risky venture.

Downward Dog: Teaser Review & Catch Up with Jami

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Building with a constant thump of a beating heart, the teaser for Jami’s second venture Downward Dog, due out in 2014, is an awkward fix. Continue reading “Downward Dog: Teaser Review by Kamran Jawaid”