Ever since the ban on Indian films, the release flow in the cinemas has been affected big time. However the cinemas have some how managed to survive the dry spell as the gross business hasn’t been affected much up until now. The reason being the multiple major Hollywood releases made grounds by raking in huge numbers. Hobbs and Shaw did excellent business recently whereas Marvel’s Avengers Endgame shattered all time records. Furthermore, Disney’s live action films The Lion King and Aladdin emerged a Super Hits as well.
Pakistani releases during summers have done well too but still overall gross stayed well below last year’s. Although the cinemas have managed to survive first half the second half seems difficult. There will be Hollywood films releasing but none will have the potential to break records at Box office. Overall with no major boxoffice potential release in the last quarter of 2019, there will be a dent in cinema business big time.
Many multiplexes have temporary closed few screens and the number of shows per screen are curtailed too. Following our prediction that there will be serious crisis in cinema industry following the ban and it seems that it has begun. The first major cinema has closed it biggest screen. Recently, Cinepax closed down its CMAX temporarily which is the largest cinema screen in Lahore. CMAX contribute well to the gross business and with it being closed will dent gross box office in the last quarter of 2019.
However the ban has come with a silver lining as well. The ban has given the much needed push to film makers in Pakistan to come forward as well. There are many Pakistani films going on floors and scheduled for release in 2020. So far it is safe to say that there will be over 50 Pakistani films that will be released in 2020. And there will be many big potential releases.
Here are a few releases that we have reported exclusively:
Kahay Dil Jidhar: Junaid Khan and Mansha Pasha starrer
Lafangey Chapter 1:Starring Sami Khan, Mani, Mubeen Gabool & Saleem Meraj
Wajahat Rauf and IMGC Film
Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan upcoming film
Kamli : Starring Saba Qamar and directed by Sarmad Khoosat
Abhinandan Come On: Directed by Khalil ur Rehman Qamar
Ishrat Made in China :Mohib Mirza directorial debut
Besides these the following films are also in the works:
Patekh Dey: Azaan Sami Khan & Hania Amir starrer
Fat Man :(Directed by Nabeel Qureshi)
Quaid e Azam Zindabad : (Directed by Nabeel Qureshi)
IMGC ( 5 Films) : Details coming soon
Next year will definitely go down as one of the biggest years of Pakistani Cinema in terms of gross boxoffice and numbers of releases in recent years.