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Josh the movie – A review.


Pakistan is a country famous for its television dramas. Boasting of a rich history dating back to the early 1970s, Pakistani dramas, both new and old are watched all over the world. The same, however cannot be said about Pakistan’s film industry that has barely managed to release two movies in last five years.

All that is set to change with the release of ‘Josh’(Scroll down for trailer). Written and directed by Iram Parveen Bilal, the movie is the story of a school teacher Fatima, living a privileged life in cosmopolitan Karachi, and her struggle to uncover the truth behind her missing nanny Nusrat Bi.

Fatima’s world comes crashing when her nanny, whom she loves, goes to her village but never returns. What follows is her tumultuous journey into the unknown, trying to find answers and the truth which lands her in extremely dangerous situations.

The story is a tale of feudalism, something the society of Pakistan inherited at its inception. Deeply rooted within the community, this evil is nowhere near its end. Generations upon generations have succumbed to the customs imposed by the feudal lords in power, and no one has ever managed to stand up to them and remain unharmed.

The movie has tried to address the very same issue. Feudal lords in the agrarian society of Pakistan control a major share of the agricultural lands and food produced on them, therefore having the power to manipulate and rule over the lives of those who depend upon them. In the movie, a very similar feudal lord in charge tries to control the destiny of people living on his lands by claiming authority over his lands.

Fatima in her quest for truth, visits this village, the hometown of her nanny and braves the dangers that lie in her path to find some answers.

What sets this movie apart from others like it, is the plot. Rather than just depicting a sad tale of what goes on in this country, the movie offers a solution, a glimpse of what might happen if everybody makes a decision to stand up for their rights.

The star studded cast includes: Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Navin Waqar, Khalid Ahmed, Parveen Akber, Nyla Jafri, Kaiser Khan Nizamani, Saleem Mairaj, Adnan Shah Tipu, Ali Rizvi, Faizan Haqquee, Gul e Rana and others.

The soul-ful melodious music is provided by Shahi Hasan, Manesh Judge & Noor Lodhi of Indus World Music.

The movie will be released in Pakistan on Eid.

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