Director of Yalghaar: “ I want to show the world a resilient and wonderful country, a country, which chooses hope over fear”

If you weren’t aware already, Yalghaar is one of Pakistan’s highly anticipated films, all set to hit the big screens this month. Boasting a star-studded cast, Yalghaar is said...

If you weren’t aware already, Yalghaar is one of Pakistan’s highly anticipated films, all set to hit the big screens this month. Boasting a star-studded cast, Yalghaar is said to be Pakistan’s most expensive film to date. Hassan Rana, who’s directed, written and produced the film, shared what makes Yalghaar so different. Rana says, “This is not just another action “war” film, it’s more about the life and times of the people involved in a horrible situation, and it’s not preachy at all. I have been extremely careful this time – both as a director and as a writer – to make sure that the story drives the action and not the other way around.” Rana also hopes to change the image of Pakistan that is portrayed in films.

“All of us know what the world thinks of us, anyone who has travelled abroad knows this first hand. I want to show the world a resilient and wonderful country, a country, which chooses hope over fear. Cinema is the only medium, which can bring about change, you pay money to go and sit in a dark room, and undisturbed, ready to listen to whatever I have to say. So, I choose the words I use in that period of time very carefully.” Rana gives great credit to his team that consists of actors from diverse working backgrounds, and he is particularly proud of renowned Pakistani actor Shaan. “There are stars, but Shaan is the sun; he lends his light to other stars for them to shine brighter.” The director further added, “I am so fortunate to have Shaan, Humayun Saeed and Adnan Siddiqui in the film. They collectively represent the best talent we have in this country, and boy, have they made us proud!”

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