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    Wednesday, 9 May 2012

    Khalilur Rehman Qamar on Lollywood, revival of dramas, Mona Lisa

    By Ghulam Hussain

    Pakistan’s ace drama writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar has said that most of the top talented artistes have been migrating to Karachi due to the non-serious attitude in Lahore’s showbiz industry. The hypocrisy has been rife in Lahore’s showbiz world that was why the Lahorite showbiz people have fled to Karachi.

    In an excusive interview with Daily Times, Khalilur Rehman Qamar said that now Karachi has become the hub of showbiz activities, because in Karachi we find professionalism unlike Lahore, he stressed.

    He said these days he was in Karachi and was busy in writing for majority of the production houses such as for Humayun Saeed, Abdullah Kadwani, Momina Duraid, Tanveer Ajmee. “My drama serial ‘Manchali’ will go on air next week from a private TV channel. This serial has been directed by Nadeem Beg.”

    Khalil said that Pakistani dramas had improved a great deal, hence their viewership had increased drastically as well.

    He maintained that creative people could make good dramas. He pointed to some names such as Anjum Shahzad, Nadeem Beg, Shafaat, Babar Javed, Roomi and Sarmad Khoosat, who were doing commendable creative work.

    Talking about the Pakistani film industry, Khalil said Lollywood had totally vanished but could be revived with the help of educated minds.

    Khalil appreciated talented actresses including, Mona Lisa who had acted in Bollywood films too. He said he was happy over the fact that she had gone to India and was giving Bollywood actresses tough competition.

    He defended Mona Lisa over not acting in Pakistani dramas or films by saying that she had a lot of Bollywood projects in her kitty and could not afford coming to Pakistan and then going back to India over and over.

    He predicted that the Pakistan film industry would make a comeback, because the good directors were still present in Lollywood, who could revive it.

    Mentioning Shabnam, Khalil said he salutes Shabnam and Robin Ghosh, adding that Shabnam was great actress, who gave more that 30 years of her life to the Pakistani film industry.

    ‘Boota from Toba Tek Singh’, ‘Landa Bazaar’, ‘Mein Mar Gay Shaukat Ali’, ‘Love Life Lahore, and Dehli Kay Bankey’ are some of Khalil’s most memorable plays.

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