Director and writer Wajahat Rauf, who has bagged appreciation for hisÂ Karachi Se LahoreÂ franchise announced the release date of his upcoming filmÂ ChhalawaÂ earlier this month and on Sunday night, the filmmaker hosted its trailer launch event.
The event was hosted by designer Munib Nawaz and attended by the bigwigs of the industry. Humayun Saeed, Aamna Ilyas, Saqib Malik, Shahroz Sabzwari, Sana Fakhar, Syed Jibran and the likes were in attendance. Veteran actors Bushra Ansari, Behroz Sabzwari, Javed Sheikh also attended to extend their support for the forthcoming film.
The cast of the film — Azfar Rehman, Mehwish Hayat, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Mehmood Aslam, Ashir Wajahat — was introduced by the host of the night and they shared their journey ofÂ Chhalawa with the audience. The filmmaker when asked about the competition at the box office this Eid-ul-Fitr with multiple films releasing said:
“We knew that The Legend of Maula JattÂ and Wrong no. 2 are releasing on Eid ul Fitr, however, I believe that a film is destined for a certain amount of business and it will do that much regardless of the competition. So, I hope it will do well.”
Asad and Zara will not only be making their debut on the big screen with this film, but it will also mark their first project together. We wondered if it was either exciting or nerve-wracking to work with their significant other, was it a concern for the couple?
“It was obviously our first time working together, but it was a good experience. I didnâ€™t know that she was such a brilliant actor until I worked with her. Another thing is that I am not a fun person on set but she is so, sheâ€™s extremely fun like that,” Asad commented.
“It was a great experience. I was extremely comfortable; thank God and I am grateful that my first hero is my real-life hero,” Zara quipped.
There are four songs in the film, one of which is Chirya which was believed to be an item number, however, Mehwish refuted the news and clarified that it’s just a performance-base song.
“Please note this thatÂ Chirya is not an item number, in fact, it is a situational and performance-based song. It comes at a point during the film where the audience needs relief so, it has been placed very strategically. In fact, Azfar will be seen dancing like never seen before in this song,” she claimed.
Wajahat’s son Aashir is also part of the film and said that the film will suit everyone’s liking as it is made for all audiences.
“This is the perfect entertainer for everyone; you will find comedy, romance and action in this film, so thereâ€™s something for everyone and I am sure you will enjoy the film,” he said.
After the trailer preview, a one-minute snippet of the title track was also played in which Mehwish certainly stole the limelight.
You can watch the snippet here: