On Thursday, 6th August, Nueplex Cinemas was a ‘Blue Carpet’ affair. The agenda for the evening was TVs new premium drama looks & music preview of MANTO-The Film, Pakistan’s first cinematic biopic feature film encompassing the life and work of the rebellious writer, Saadat Hasan Manto.
“MANTO”, presented by Babar Javed, is a GEO Films Production about writer Saadat Hasan Manto played by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat. The film will depict the life of Manto, and will showcase certain points in his life, pre-dominantly post partition era which spark his inspiration and kalam. Malka Tarannum Noor Jahan, an important figure in Manto’s life , played by Saba Qamar while Sania Saeed seemed to be doing justice as wife of Manto.
Pride of Pakistani TV & Cinema, Mahira Khan featured in 2 of the songs out of 4 shown in the previews. Fans will love the new avatar of Mahira Khan in 2 of the stories featured in the film, Madari (Juggler) and Peshwar se Lahore, where the whole story is beautifully shot in a single song “Kya Hoga” by Zeb and Ali Sethi with a fun and upbeat tune.
Cinema screening at Nueplex included a teasing rendition of “MehramDilaan De Mahi”, tribute to poet Shiv Kumar Batavi, performed by MeeshaShafi, acclaimed music artist who was present at the event. The song is soulful, and gave us chills. The singer is shown dressed in a classic black off-shoulder dress while she performs on screen.
The film has music by Ali Sethi, “AahKoChahiye” a reprise version of famous Mirza Ghalib’s ghazal. Also, Javed Bashir’s “Kon Hai YehGustakh” is full of emotions and is shown alongside Manto’s life story which gives us a fitting story.
Alongside MANTO, GEO Entertainment gave the audience a preview of the drama serials which have launched this quarter; these include ‘DilIshq’, ‘IshqaWaay’, and ‘Dua’ and ‘Thora Sa Aasman, based on one of the biggest writer in Pakistan, Umera Ahmed’s novel. It was evident to learn that Geo TV has taken the prime time drama to a new level with the ensemble of catchy OSTs, array of big cast and premium screen look. Geo TV dramas have gone up a notch, and bring us stories which are relatable and draw the audience in.
Cast members of GEO TV dramas & MANTO present at the event included Aijaz Aslam, Sarmad Khoosat, Rabab Hashim, Ushna Shah, Sami Khan, Junaid Khan, HinaBayat, Nadia Afgan, Meesha Shafi and Nimra Bucha among others.
ZamadBaig, artist behind OSTs of ‘DilIshq’&‘IshqaWaay’, first Pakistan Idol winner was also present at the event. Other celebrities at this star-studded event included TapuJaveri, Nausheen Shah, Ekra Fayz, Amna Ilyas, Sarwat Gillani, Gohar Rasheed, Shamoon Abbasi, Hira Tareen, and Ali Safina among others.
Styling was handled by international celebrity stylist Ehtisham Ansari.
Make-up & Hair by N-Pro.
The PR and event was being managed by Phegency PR & Events.