With around a dozen (or more) films announced and expected to hit cinemas next year, there’s one in particular that’s been the talk of the town owing to a large number of actors associated with it. Yes, we are indeed talking about Faisal Qureshi’s Money Back Guarantee featuring Fawad Khan, Wasim and Shaniera Akram, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Gohar Rasheed, Jan Rambo, Kiran Malik with Mahira Khan and Hina Dilpazeer expected to make a cameo.
A rather interesting member of the cast is Mani — and old friend and associate of Faisal’s — who is making a grand comeback with this film. “I actually have four films releasing which include Made in China (also starring Sanam Saeed, HSY, Shamoon Abbasi and Sara Loren and directed by Mohib Mirza), Lafangay, Babylicious (also starring Syra and Shahroz) and then there’s of course Money Back Guarantee,” Mani disclosed during an exclusive chat with Something Haute.
While he is not sure which of these four will eventually go on to release as his debut film with him playing a lead character — mind you we did see him make a guest appearance in Superstar — he seems particularly excited about Money Back Guarantee.
“Money Back Guarantee is a slight political satire but it’s guaranteed to be a laugh riot, I can tell you that much. Even we have been rolling on the floor with laughter while shooting,” he said. When asked about his character, Mani remained tight-lipped but did reveal we may have seen him in that role earlier. “Faisal and I have been friends since 2001 and I have worked in so many of his productions. In fact the character I am playing in Money Back Guarantee is one that I have done earlier in one of the episodes of one of his shows. I can tell you that Karachiites will particularly relate with it,” Mani added, also disclosing that it’s a comic role which will leave the audience in splits.
It was earlier reported that Mani might actually have a cameo or guest appearance in the film but he says that’s not true. “No, I am part of the lead cast. In fact every character in this film is a lead character if you ask me and every one has an equal part; that’s simply how Faisal has written the film. All the characters are connected so if you take out even one of them, the story won’t move forward.”
Talking about his most sought after co actor, Mani said that Money Back Guarantee is going to be like a second debut for Fawad Khan. “People will love him even more. I would actually say this is Fawad’s second film after Khuda Kay Liye because he hasn’t been presented like this before. He looks smashing, exactly as his fans want to see him. Even our female ADs have started putting in more effort to get ready because he is on set,” Mani quipped.
Money Back Guarantee is currently being shot in Karachi and if our sources are to be believed, a huge set has been mounted for it, the sheer size and scale of which is unparalleled as far as Pakistani films are concerned. As with most other films, this one is also expected to release on Eidul Fitr 2020.