Luddoo mutt khana!!!!!

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As the title of this post suggests “don’t eat “Luddoos”, SPECIALLY from any “khokha” during a long drive, you must have been surprised that where these Luddoos came from? Actually, its all about Zibahkhana. Yes, finally I made it to FiLUMS festival’s third and last day. They said it will start at SHARP 7:30 PM, but it took a little while to get seated “on stairs” and it started around 8 o’clock. Expectedly, there was a huge crowd, mostly were the students, and I saw a very few outsiders there. First, Shanu Taxi was played on, it was a short film by Vasant, a director from India. Shanu Taxi was about 15-20 minutes’ duration and was based on a random thought about a twist in a taxi driver’s life after receiving a gift of mobile as a reward of his honesty, no doubt it was a thought-provoking piece of celluloid, and after that came Zibahkhana.

Before getting started, the enthusiastic Omer Ali Khan, writer and director of the movie, told about the movie itself, it was a fun-wrapped speech and everybody was quite amused. Zibahkhana was almost around 1-1:30 hour in duration. The story goes around 5 college chicks, who secretly planned for a long drive for some thrill and left their homes telling a different story to their parents, AND it all started happening after they stopped by first “khokha” and had tea and Luddoos and soon after that they had first attack by a Zombie, and afterwards they got lost in the jungle and then the story goes on.

Most interesting part was that all 3-4 major characters were students, who were enjoying the movie with us and whole crowd applauded on every commendable scene, so they were getting direct response, though most of the time the reaction of crowd was fun driven. Technically a sound movie and various small details were addressed, but some scenes had less clarity as to what exactly happened. The cinematography was perfect and the performance was great, new talent was very confident.

Most importantly, the stuff I liked about this local director’s flick was that, that its purely based on Pakistani Culture, there were glimpses of Maula Jutt, dhamal beat as the dominant background music, usage of “shuttlecock burqa” as mask or cover, even Luddoo. Yes, the story was predictable, but original locations and related Pakistani props gave it a reality-based genuine touch. It was fun watching first Pakistani horror movie, no doubt we were laughing most of the times, but there was really some ruthless killing in it, with blood all over the place and eyeballs in a jar (yuk).

Bravo to LMA for organizing such an event and providing us some visual treats. We should look forward to next FiLUMS with new arrivals including ….Gaamaa, Phajja and Pappu :p

P.S.: Pictures are of auditorium before the movies started and of passes.

13 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 9:00 am

    nice nice


  2. suh (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    nice, can you tell me wen it releases in pakistan


  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    @Suh: I really am of the idea that its a Kara Film Stuff, i don’t know the direcetor presented it there or not, i will ask the director, Omer Ali Khan, if i see him at Hot Spot, as he is the owner of this shop too :)

    I personally don’t know when they gonna put it on big screen, i will let you know if i hear something about this.


  4. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    Thnx for ure thoughts.

    KARA enteries are submitted in Augest, a lot of karachites are really looking forward to this & hopefully Omar does submit it.

    If nothing else, the movie looks like it would be a good laugh!

    btw if anyone is interested Check out their official site & their myspace.


  5. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 6:59 pm

    We were laughing because of the crowd’s comments and their nonseriousness, not because of some hideous scenes, dialogues, acting or something like that. A pure Pakistani entertainment indeed, a must for KARA.


  6. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

    I forgot to add, IT was horror film :(


  7. Aunt Harriet (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    Question is will a Midnight Movie like Zibahkhana go down well with the artsy crowd of the Kara film festival? i have my doubts.

    Zibahkhana is a film for the youth…a cult, popcorn movie that is a riot and a half but unlikely to win many awards and also unlikely to appeal to the folks at Kara who like to appear to take their films very seriously indeed.

    your thoughts?


  8. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    @AUNT H.: I honestly have never been to Kara FF, but i would love to. But as I am always keen to know about Kara and i observed that most of the films in it are better to categorize as Art Movies, keeping that in mind it really is unlikely that a movie like Zibahkhana will make it there.

    But, this does not mean that they don’t have any place for a horror movie like this. You doubt about winning awards and/or will it get along well with the typical audience, but i believe, as its director Omer Ali Khan said, that a good movie is that keeps you stick to your chair and thats it, if you feel bad or good about it afterwards, its a different story, because everyone has different taste. Yes, its for youth, and it has nothing that you can relate with an art movie’s subject, but i hope if its gonna be there in Kara, its gonna be recognized as good experiment.

    So i think, its all about its writer and director, that what he is looking forward to in terms of reward, a bunch of awards or nominations, or just a pat on his shoulder, for his very own experimental Zibahkhana.

    Most importantly, marketting campaign also has to do a lot with the audience, so lets see what type of audience its gonna catch, if at all, in Kara.


  9. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 4:59 am

    As PS said, it depends.

    If they show it at PACC (Arts council karachi) & advertise it properly, it should do well.

    I dunno if KARA will be showing movies @ IQRA Uni, but if they do, Zibahkhana should be a shoe-in.

    Kara is still a long way to go, but even now if the director wants, the movie can get audiences @ Defence Club, Royal Rodale or Greenwich Uni (Usually the places that regualarly play host to Movie screenings).

    Again, its how open minded the people are + the way the movie is marketed.


  10. hareem (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    reading in newspaper about the film made me still more enthusiastic n i was feeling really sad that i missed it!
    wud there b another display again?


  11. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    For all those who are desperate but cannot visit KaraFilm festival, there’s nothing to be sad.

    They do come up with ‘The Best of KaraFilm’ at Alhamra – Lahore just after the original one ends in Karachi.


  12. Aunt Harriet (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    ZIBAHKHANA – Hell’s Ground – 10th June islamabad

    ZIBAHKHANA – Hell’s Ground – 12th, 13th, 14th June Karachi

    ZIBAHKHANA – Hell’s Ground – 24th June Bombay

    3rd July NYC at New York Asian Film Festival
    4th July Weekend at FANGORIA WEEKEND OF HORRORS in NYC

    Early July
    NEUCHATEL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Suisse

    Early July
    FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL, Montreal Canada

    August
    The ICA cinema in London
    FRIGHTFEST LONDON (Unconfirmed as yet)

    Oct
    Sitges International Film Festival – Barcelona, Spain

    Screamfest 2007 – Beverly Hills, LA

    No word on Kara as yet


  13. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:55 am

    oh, thats great.

    Maybe Kara managment gonna invite him somday ;)



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