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Kala Pul: We Don’t Waste Our Hatred

Posted on April 8, 2007
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In the very early days of ATP we had carried a post by iFaqeer on the Pakistani-American theater scene that mentioned the work of a young Pakistani-American film-maker Saqib Mausoof working on a movie called Kala Pul (Black Bridge). Even as other efforts with Pakistani diaspora inputs have been discussed here – notably the movie Man Push Cart, Zarqa Nawaz’s sitcom Little Mosque on the Pararie, Shirmeen Obaid’s films – work on Kala Pul has continued and should be available for viewing soon.

I was recently sent the following promo:

KALA PUL – THE BLACK BRIDGE, Saqib Mausoof’s debut feature film, is described as a dark journey into the heart of the Karachi underworld and the conflicts inherent in escaping one’s past. It uses the thriller genre as the driving force to provide insight on Karachi set amidst extreme urban deprivation and religious militancy. Preliminary shooting took place in Karachi last December with a Oscar nominated photography team. As an immigrant engineer rather then a trained auteur, Saqib’s film credentials were limited to short documentaries, collaborative software projects and the desire to share experiences of growing up in Karachi during the ‘Kalashnikov culture’ years.

While I will have to reserve judgment on the movie until I see it, I do find it very fascinating that Saqib has maintained a blog chronicling his journey in making the movie. The production notes he posts are interesting in and of themselves and gives us an insight into the movie as well as the making of it.



There is also a ‘teaser trailer’ on YouTube which is interesting, even if it seems to be working a little too hard to hook in viewers. It suggests a certain resonance between the theme of the movie and many of our current discussions here. I am intrigued both by the tag-line “We don’t waste our hatred on anyone” and also by the call to “Pick Your side.” Looking at the trailer, I am eager to find out which side the director “picked”.

12 Comments on “Kala Pul: We Don’t Waste Our Hatred”

  1. Kamran says:
    April 8th, 2007 1:29 pm

    It seems like a total amateur effort

  2. Daktar says:
    April 8th, 2007 2:37 pm

    Interesting, but yes the trailer at least is amatuerish. I guess that is why the post was also muted. But a look at the website suggests that it IS an amateur effort and by that standard (if we do not compare to commercial productions) it may not be bad.

    Point is, it is good to see young people getting into such fields. We should encourage them.

  3. Faraz says:
    April 8th, 2007 6:08 pm

    The intriguing parts of the trailer are the ones that show the real Karachi. The actual movie scenes are less impressive. I hope the acting (or over-acting) does not distract from the message of the film. Nevertheless, good to see a fresh new approach to film-making in Pakistan.

  4. TURBINATOR says:
    April 8th, 2007 10:39 pm

    After recently watching 300, this teaser brought a smile on my face. But every story has 2 sides! so on the other hand well done on initiating something like this.

  5. mozang bijjli says:
    April 8th, 2007 11:35 pm

    This post is not the place for condolence but I must say Asad amanat ali khan’s soul may rest in peace. A great singer that he was. A Ghazal genius no more.

  6. Samdani says:
    April 9th, 2007 12:21 am

    The theme of ‘Pick your side’ seems very relevant to what is happening on the country right now

  7. zakoota says:
    April 9th, 2007 1:10 am

    I liked the 4 beautiful Pakistani girls dancing :) I hope they took it from some wedding function :P

  8. FH Malik says:
    April 9th, 2007 11:36 am

    Zakoota,

    they must not be Pakistani… our women don’t dance. It’s haram.

    fhm

  9. April 9th, 2007 12:45 pm

    All comments are welcome. Just one clarification, the Kalal Pul teaser was put together over one afternoon to get funding fo rthe shoot last December. The HD trailer has not been released yet. The teaser was an amatuer effort put together from DV footage.

  10. TURAB says:
    April 10th, 2007 1:38 am

    the teaser is great saqib bhai… i m really lookin fwd to this … all the best!

  11. Malik Khalid says:
    April 11th, 2007 5:28 pm

    Best of luck with your venture…. we are all rooting for you here in Lawrence :-)

  12. Anonymous says:
    August 7th, 2007 5:03 am

    I thought “khuda ke liye” was the last good movie made ….. but after watchin trailer on youtube ……
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOX5uTmVdeg
    i m pretty much sure …… our film industry will revive

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