It isn’t the simplest film title to enunciate, understand or remember but Ho Mann Jahan, as director/producer Asim Raza said in the film’s introductory press conference tonight, has double meaning. It refers to a place where your heart is and it also refers to the heart as the universe, the ‘jahaan‘.
Held around the set of Ho Mann Jahan at Frere Hall, where a mehndi dance sequence has been filming these past few days, did Asim Raza host his press conference introducing the film and its cast to the media while revealing a teaser from the film. And how cool did the teaser look! I did an exclsuive interview with Asim last week, which was published inInstep this Sunday, so had most of the information that was disclosed. But I hadn’t seen the teaser, which was wow! A cool, contemporary and urban face of Pakistan is exactly what Pakistani films need right now and I can’t wait for the film to release.
It looks and promises to be a feel-good film. The cast is gorgeous – with Mahira Khan, Adeel Hussain and Sheheryar Munawar is lead roles and Sonya Jehan, Bushra Ansari, Munawar Siddiqui and Arshad Mahmood in significant roles. Hamza Ali Abbasi and Fawad Khan both have cameo appearances in the film, which has nine songs all of which are potential hits. You have Atif Aslam, Zeb Bangash, Faakhir, and many more of Asim’s favourites on the soundtrack. Did I mention that Shehryar Munawar has co-produced the film with Asim; that’s pretty amazing.
HMJ has been filmed in Karachi and is running on a pretty high budget; the cost of this set alone touched 10 million rupees, sources revealed. Umar Sayeed and Feeha Jamshed provided the look for Mahira. The men were dressed by Ismail Farid.
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