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Maula Jatt belongs to all of us, says designer Fahad Hussayn

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It took a village to bring together The Legend of Maula Jatt, from the star studded cast, amazing sets, beautiful costumes and overall direction and Fahad Hussayn, who designed the men’s costumes for the film, has a long list of people he wants to thank.

The Legend of Maula Jatt is not a film, it’s a trajectory, thanks to the vision of Bilal Lashari and Ammara Hikmat this project housed, nurtured and provided artists an opportunity to show the world that we have the talent, we just need to be trusted with it,” he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

“It was truly an honour to be a part of this project and I today want to thank all the special people who I saw work day and night, jumping hoops to make all this happen!” he said, starting off with AD Sameer Shami, whom he called “the most hardworking Ad in the industry” and the “most organised person who kept us all on schedule”.

“Namsa and Hamza Bajwa, who brought the production to life, were often found just living on set to get things right, the backdrops, sets and the accessories designed for every character breathed life into the story,” he wrote. The designer also thanked duo Maram and Aabroo and lauded their team’s commitment to the project and the creation of “flawless hair and makeup looks, matching continuity down to immaculate details, SFX makeup, bloodworm and the wear and tear for action”.

Hussayn thanked his wardrobe teams for keeping up with his “crazy production demands and finishes” and for learning and dyeing things on set for him. “Hira and Maya your hard work will always inspire me.”

Filming for The Legend of Maula Jatt began in 2017 and the teams have worked on the film for years. Hussayn thanked his assistants “who kept up with my details for the lead costumes for the entire span of the film, the clothes, accessories, shoes, turbans including the on set assistance, Saima, Beenish, Usman, Nauman and Sana everyone on the team this film truly belongs to you”.

“My heartfelt thank you to consultants fro my teachers at the textile department of BNU and their support in achieving my life long dream for creating textures. Mainul, my student in Bangladesh managed all the natural dyeing seen in the film with his thesis,” wrote the designer. He thanked Asif and Shahid who mastered the art of making stitched dhotis and hand finished kurtas as well.

But it’s not just the people who worked directly on set that he wanted to thank. Hussayn also gave a shoutout to “all those vendors from pawn shops that I sourced the jewels from and beautiful silver work that you see”, which he said was all sourced from artisans of Kinari Bazaar in Lahore. He also thanked “the Chachas from small towns that supplied me vintage dhotis” as well as dentist Dr Zia for “casting Gohar’s gold tooth and bearing with us every spell of the shoot for the fitting and replications.”

“This film belongs to all of you too! And in the end I’d like to thank Ami for letting me borrow some of our heirlooms for the shoot that she has never let me touch otherwise!” he wrote, adding a touch of humour to his post.

“I’m extremely proud to have shared this historic moment in Pakistani cinema with you. In these hard times, we all need a good sense of belonging. So this is it, Maula Jatt belongs to all of us. Please go watch and support your people and your industry. We earned it hard and square!”

The Legend of Maula Jatt is currently screening in cinemas across Pakistan, albeit not in all cinemas. In Karachi, for example, it is only being screened at Atrium Cinemas. The movie stars Fawad Khan as the titular Maula Jatt, Hamza Ali Abbasi as Noori Natt, Humaima Mallick as Daaro Nattni, Mahira Khan as Mukkho Jatti , Gohar Rasheed as Maakha Natt, Ali Azmat as Gogi and Faris Shafi as Mooda.
 

Overall collections are said to be around 12cr. So far this movie is making a lot more overseas than domestically. It has only been 2 days so let's see if the pace picks up domestically in the next few days.

Keep in mind that this movie still isn't being played in over 50% of cinemas in Pakistan due to some contractual issues.
 

'The Legend of Maula Jatt': coming to theatres near you?

  • Blockbuster movie caught in deadlock between distributor and cinema house owners
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October 17, 2022


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'The Legend of Maula Jatt' starring Fawad Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi opened globally on October 13 earning rave reviews, but controversy around its theatre release across Pakistan continued to overshadow reports of its success.

The film is currently not screening widely across Pakistan due to a dispute in the ticket price across theatres. It was reported earlier that negotiations are underway with the film distributor, producers and cinema owners.

On Monday, a few days after the movie released globally, Nueplex Cinemas released a statement on Twitter clarifying why the release of the film has been delayed for local audiences, citing that the distributor of the film is demanding "exhibition terms" which are not "industry norms", and that such "rigid terms" cannot be afforded especially during a time of such "economic instability".

Nueplex further stated that they are here to "welcome and screen any Pakistani film with open arms".


The controversy, that has dogged the film through October is reportedly an unequal distribution of a percentage share of the movie between the cinema owner and distributor. The film distributor has demanded an increase in the ticket prices of 'The Legend of Maula Jatt,' from Rs1,000 to Rs1,200, according to reports.

Since then, ticket prices for the movie have increased in various cinemas compared to other shows.

This offer or rather demand of increasing ticket prices – in violation of what was agreed to in their contract – has reportedly been declined by Nueplex Cinemas and Cinepax Cinemas.

Fans are divided on the issue, with some citing that theatre owners should bite the bullet and lower the prices in order to encourage more movie-goers, which in turn may lead to more revenue.

Others are more neutral, citing how the arts should not fall victim to business and politics, hurting fans and the industry alike.

On September 16, Nueplex Cinemas had tweeted a film poster for 'The Legend of Maula Jatt' in anticipation of its release on October 13.


Of 122 screens in Pakistan, almost 50 of the main multiplex screens have not yet released a schedule for 'The Legend of Maula Jatt' days after its worldwide release.

Directed by Bilal Lashari, the production – the most expensive film to be made in Pakistan – also stars Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick and Mirza Gohar Rasheed in key roles.

Early reviews have praised its excellent direction, acting, cinematography and scale - critics and fans citing how it has set a new standard for the Pakistani film industry.
 
In Pakistan it is playing in less then 50% of the theater's/cinemas due to some sort of dispute over pricing between the distributors n vendors.
Which is sad as eventually their will be pirated versions n every one will be able to watch it at home n the major looser will be the producer n distributer
 

Last box office update by me for at least a week. They keep updating the opening weekend numbers by adding new territories.

Putting all that aside this is a brilliant opening, and this movie will definitely make a profit if it reaches over 110-20Cr. I hope it makes well over 150 Cr.
 
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In Pakistan it is playing in less then 50% of the theater's/cinemas due to some sort of dispute over pricing between the distributors n vendors.
Which is sad as eventually their will be pirated versions n every one will be able to watch it at home n the major looser will be the producer n distributer
The price hike is only for the film's first 11 days of release. The film was released 5 days ago so the remaining cinemas will likely show the movie after 6 more days.

After a couple of months the movie is going on an OTT(maybe Netflix) platform so pirating will not be a massive problem long-term.
 
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Review: What team Dawn.com thought of The Legend of Maula Jatt

From the acting to the cinematography, long story short — we loved it

Warning, this review contains spoilers for the film The Legend of Maula Jatt

The Legend of Maula Jatt is shaping up to be one of the biggest films in Pakistani cinematic history and after watching it ourselves, we can agree that it deserves all the accolades it’s getting.

The film has a star-studded cast and features Fawad Khan as the titular Maula Jatt, Mahira Khan as his love interest, Hamza Ali Abbasi as Noori Natt, Humaima Mallick as Daaro Natt, Gohar Rasheed as Makkha Natt, Faris Shafi as Maula’s friend Mooda and appearances by Shafqat Cheema as the Natt patriarch, Ali Azmat as Gogi, Nayyar Ejaz as Jaggoo and Resham and Babar Ali as Maula’s parents.

We went to watch the film in Karachi and here are our thoughts.

Marsha Tayyab

Sub editor, Images

I went to watch The Legend of Maula Jatt for Hamza Ali Abbasi’s Noori Natt and Humaima Mallick’s Daaro Natt. Don’t get me wrong, they were great as expected, but I came out of the theatre a Faris Shafi’s Mouda and Gohar Rasheed’s Makkha stan. Words fall short for their exceptional performances, from Shafi’s sudden urge to rhymes or Rasheed’s character that reminded me of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. For me, they gave off main character energy far more than Fawad Khan’s Maula and Abbasi’s Natt.

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If I had to pick my favourite bits from the movie, they would be Rasheed smoking the scorpion weed and instantly becoming the scariest of the three Natt siblings who don’t believe in forgiveness. Shafi’s rhymes and his bond with Ali Azmat’s Gogi, their jokes and banter was my favourite part of the film.

However, one thing that did put me off was Mahira Khan’s Mukkho. The supporting character to Maula was rather bland and to top it all off, Mahira’s Punjabi didn’t cut it for me. I would’ve liked to see Mehwish Hayat as Maula’s love interest instead, as Ms. Marvel gave us a glimpse of Hayat and Fawad’s sizzling chemistry. Sanam Saeed, Iman Ali and Kubra Khan are some actors I wouldn’t have minded as Mukkho either.

Siham Basir

Managing Editor, Images

Before watching The Legend of Maula Jatt, I was very, very skeptical of all the glowing reviews it was receiving but I am happy to have been proven wrong. Usually, when rating a Pakistani movie, I think you have to keep in mind it is a Pakistani movie and need to rate it accordingly, allowing a lot of things to slide that you wouldn’t in a Bollywood or Hollywood production. But The Legend of Maula Jatt isn’t good for a Pakistani movie, it’s just a good movie.

From the action sequences to the background music, I loved the film. And while I loved all the characters (with the exception of one), the real standouts to me were Faris Shafi and Gohar Rasheed. I expected Fawad Khan to be great, and he was. Same with Hamza Ali Abbasi — kudos to him, by the way, for pulling off his man-bun, being a feminist and having possibly the most layered character in the movie. But what I didn’t expect was to fall in love with Shafi and Rasheed’s characters. They sat on opposite ends of the psycho spectrum but were both amazing.

For all his psychopathy and evilness, I actually found myself disappointed when Rasheed’s Makkha met his ignominious end. Hats off to the entire Natt clan for their portrayal of their collective insanity and evil — they were truly nuts.

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One thing I really wanted to commend were the fight scenes. I’m used to seeing some not so great fight scenes in Pakistani movies but try as I might, I can’t point out a single thing wrong with the action sequences in TLOMJ. From the SFX makeup to the stunt coordination, everything was perfect. They might be a bit too gory for some people, but as someone who loves a good action movie, these were right up my alley.

The only downside for me was Mahira Khan’s Mukkho. Her Punjabi accent needed a lot of work and while I understand the need for star power and the casting of non-Punjabis for the film, it took years for the movie to be completed. She could have used those years to work on her accent and delivery because her performance fell flat.

Zahrah Mazhar

Managing Editor, Dawn.com
Here are three takeaways from The Legend of Maula Jatt:

Brilliant casting barring one: Prior to watching the movie, I’d heard mixed reviews about the casting but apart from Mahira Khan, the rest of the actors brought their A-game to the big budget big screen production. Mahira (unanimously, if the chatter in the cinema is taken into account) was the weakest link with a Punjabi accent that bordered on mimicry and acting skills of a beginner. There was no chemistry between Fawad and Mahira’s characters; Fawad’s scenes with his on-screen nemesis Hamza Ali Abbasi had more heat.

From Bond to Jatt: Fawad has come a long way from his days as a scrawny Bond in the early 2000s’ Jutt and Bond and lead singer of the popular band Entity Paradigm.

I had my reservations on whether he’d be able to pull off the role of the super macho Maula Jatt, originally and famously played in 1979 by the unmatched Sultan Rahi. But a buffed up Fawad who was able to show his emotional range with very few dialogues and strong facial expressions delightfully proved me wrong.

Nawan aya ae, sohnia: The moviemakers have delivered what they promised — Maula Jatt and the other iconic characters in all their larger-than-life glory. The famous dialogues from the original movie are well-timed and executed without a hitch.

The costumes, gory violence and sets are all a visual treat, and so was watching musicians Ali Azmat and Faris Shafi play roles they were obviously meant to. The contemporary spin on the iconic movie, apart from the quality of the production, comes through most in the one musical number that the entire movie has (which in the spirit of not giving away spoilers I shall not write more about).

Qurat ul ain Siddiqui

Deputy Editor, Dawn.com

I was really impressed with the production quality. Honestly, haven’t seen it so superior in Pakistan, and even in much of Bollywood. It was excellent!

One other thing that I found working for me was that even though I only speak Urdu and English, I was able to get most of the Punjabi without reading subtitles. The actors weren’t speaking fast, and I could make out what they were saying. So for the first time, I really felt like I perhaps understand more Punjabi than I thought I did!

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I also liked that the plot wasn’t exactly the same as the original cult classic. It has been modified and in some ways modernised.

I also liked the layering of the so-called villain or Noori Natt. He’s not an out-and-out evil dude. He has layers to him and actually until the end, I couldn’t decide if he even was a villain. Maula would perhaps have done the same as Noori had he been in his stead and vice versa. Heck, in another world, they may have been pretty great friends. Which then makes me ask, is Maula a hero? is Noori a villain? Is it so black and white?

Soomal Haleem

Sub editor, Images

I will admit, I was coerced into watching The Legend of Maula Jatt but having watched it, I’m very glad I was. What dissuaded me initially was the fact that the entirety of the film was in Punjabi, that too with subtitles in Urdu script. Being a person who likes to hang on to each dialogue so I don’t miss a beat, I felt like I would miss out on a lot. Two and a half hours later, I was surprised by how easy it was to keep up with the paths the plot embarked on.

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What stood out for me was how the ‘bad guys’ had far more enriched personalities than the rest of the characters. The Natt siblings, each one a little kooky in their own way, will have your respect, if nothing else. And I couldn’t help but root for Noori at the end, not wanting him to die because ruthless as he may be, I found him honourable. And a feminist for the way he saved his sister from being buried alive and championed her. That’s pretty impressive for medieval times.
Where acting is concerned, I have to give it to Mirza Gohar Rasheed and Faris Shafi. Those two may have been side characters in a relative sense but they were among my favourites.

All in all, I think it was super impressive. Not just because of the ensemble cast, but also the way it was directed. Each shot was a visual delight and even the transitions had me wowed.

Additionally, the dialogues were poetic without composing poetry — each aspect was well thought out and brimming with meaning. The film was an all-rounder and I think every adult should watch it — not kids because some scenes are far too gory and gruesome.
 

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