2018 has been a great year for Pakistani film industry where not just the number of films released saw a rise, but there was an increase in the number of box office hits too. Films like “Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2″, “Teefa In Trouble” and “The Donkey King” not just did a roaring buisness but also created some all time records for Pakistani Cinema becoming “All time highest grossing film”, “All time highest grossing non-holiday release” and “All time highest grossing animated film”, repectively. Where on one hand industry managed to churn out commercial hits in last year, we also witnessed some beautifully crafted content driven films like “Cake”, “Motorcycle Girl”, “Load Wedding” and “Pinky Memsaab”. While biding fairwell to a stupendous year, we believe that this coming year will only prove to be a better one and to make you believe how, here we have prepared a list of all the films which are announced to release in 2019.
“Gumm” stars Sami Khan, Shameen Khan and Shamoon Abbasi in lead roles. Directed by Ammar Lasani and Kanza Zia, this action thriller is all set to release in cinemas nationwide on 11th January, 2019 and will be first local release of the year.
2- Sher Dil
Directed by by Azfer Jafri, the director of “Janaan” and “Parchi”, “Sher Dil” features Mikaal Zulfiqaar, Armeena Rana Khan, Mohib Mirza, Hassan Niazi and Sabeeka Imam in major roles. Film is a romantic action-comedy with the backdrop of PAF and is expected to release in March 2019.
3- Ready Steady No
This dark comedy stars “Zinda Bhaag” actor Amna Ilyas with Faisal Saif in lead roles. Directed by Hisham Bin Munawar, film is almost complete and is expected to release in cinemas by Eveready Pictures and HUM Films in March 2019.
4- Laal Kabootar
Starring actors like Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha in lead roles, “Laal Kabootar” is directed by Lux Style Award winner music video director Kamal Khan. This crime-thriller is expected to hit cinemas in April, 2019.
5- Sarmad Khoosat’s untitled film
Sarmad has just recently wrapped up the shoot of his yet untitled Punjabi film. Starring Sarwat Gilani, Eman Suleman and Ali Kureshi in lead roles, film is expected to release in the first half of 2019.
Starring Meera, Amna Ilyas, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Ali Kazmi, Osman Khalid Butt and veteran film actor Nisho in pivotal roles, “Baaji” marks the debut of famous music video and TVC director Saqib Malik. Film is currently in its post production phase and is expected to release in first half of the year.
7- Karachi sey Lahore 3
This third instalment of “Karachi sey Lahore” franchise stars Aysha Omer, Shehzad Sheikh, Yasir Hussain, Zara Noor Abbas, Kubra Khan and Assad Siddiqui in key roles. Written by Yasir Hussain, this romantic comedy will be directed by Wajahat Rauf. Film is scheduled to go on floors in January and will release in cinemas by Distribution Club on Eidul Fitr, 2019.
8- The Legend of Maula Jatt
Directed by Bilaal Lashari, “The Legend of Maula Jatt” is undoubtedly the most anticipated film of 2019. Film has an ensemble star cast including country’s most celebrated names like Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mahira Khan and Humaima Malick along with Gohar Rasheed and Saima Baloch. The film is all set to hit the theatres worldwide, including China on Eidul Fitr 2019.
9- Wrong Number 2
This sequel to 2015’s superhit rom-com “Wrong Number” stars Sami Khan, Neelam Munir and Yasir Nawaz in key roles. This Yasir Nawaz directed film is currently on floors and is scheduled to release post Eidul Fitr by Distribution Club.
With the conclusion of “3 Bahadur” trilogy, Sharmeen Obaid Chinnoy has announced her next directoral animated feature film for children. “Sitaara” will be produced by Waadi Animations and ARY Films in collaboration with New York based Broadly Films and is announced to release in Summer 2019.
Rehbara marks the debut of famous TV director Amin Iqbal. Film’s shoot is scheduled to resume in January. Starring Ahsan Khan, Ayesha Omer and Sarish Khan in lead roles, this soulful musical drama, according to its director will release sometime in Summer 2019.
“Zaraar” is also among the most speculated films of 2019. Film stars Shaan Shahid and Kiran Malik in lead roles. The long awaited action thriller is currently in its post production phase. Directed by Shaan Shahid, film is said to release on Eidul Azha 2019.
13- Love You Jatta
Starring Humayun Saeed in lead role, “love You Jatta” will be fourth film by writer Vasay Chaudry, fourth film by director Nadeem Baig and fifth offering by the production house Sixth Sigma Plus productions. Film is scheduled to release on Eidul Azha by ARY Films.
14- Parey Hut Love
Parey Hut Love is Asim Raza’s second directorial project. Starring Sheheryar Munawar Sidiqui and Maya Ali in lead roles, “Parey Hut Love” has an extended list of actors in supporting roles and cameo appearances. Mahira Khan will also be seen in a pivotal role. With its principal shoot wrapped up recently, “Parey Hut Love” will release on Eidul Azha.
15- Kaaf Kangana
Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s film “Kaaf Kangana” has been in news for all the wrong reasons. Khalil’s passionate project has been facing delays due multiple cast reshuffles and reshoots. “Currently” starring Sami Khan, Eshal Fayaz and Ayesha Omer in major roles, this partition era story is expected to release in second half of the year.
16- FILMWALA PICTURE’s untitled film
Although details of the project have not been revealed but Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza are currently working on the script of their next film. Film, according to Fizza is scheduled to go on floors in March, 2019 and will release sometime in second half of 2019.
17- IRK Production’s untitled film
IRK production’s next untitled film is also in its producion phase. Although the production team has officially not revealed any thing, but according to sources the project stars Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman in major roles and is directed by Azfar Jafri. Film’s shoot is almost complete with few songs yet to shoot. This one is also expected to release some time around Eidul Azha.
Based on the life of SSP Chaudry Aslam, film marks the acting debut of famous model Zara Abid. Directed by “8968” director Azeem Sajjad, the biopic is currently on floors and is expected to release anytime in 2019.
Produced by Zeekay films, “Talash” is directed by debutant director Zeeshan Khan. Film’s lead cast includes debutant actors Noaman Sami, Ahmed Zeb and Faria Hassan while veteran actors like Mustafa Qureshi, Salim Mairaj and Adnan Shah Tipu will be seen in supporting roles. Aiming to create awareness on a serious issue like malnutrion, “Talash” is expected to hit cinemas in Summer 2019.
After the success of “Parwaaz Hai Junoon”, Momina Duraid’s next film Superstar is ready to go on floors in January. Wriiten by Azan Sami Khan, film will star Mahira Khan and Bilaal Ashraf in lead roles. Directed by “Udaari” and “Aangan” famed Ehtisham ul Haq, film is expected to release in Summer 2019.
“SORRY” marks the film dubet of famous music video director Sohail Javed. Film’s lead cast includes prominent actors like Faisal Qureshi, Zahid Ahmed, Sonya Hussain and Amina Sheikh. Expected to go on sets in early 2019, Sohail hopes to release the film in last quarter of the year.
22- Alif Aur Noon
Written and directed by Faisal Qureshi, “Alif Aur Noon” is film adaptation of PTV’s classic comedy play “Alif Noon”. Film stars Shahzad Roye and Faisal Qureshi in the roles of leading men. Film is expected to release sometime in second half of year.
23- Senti Aur Mental
“Senti Aur Mental” is written and directed by TV’s famous actor Yasra Rizvi. With the genre of romance, comedy and family drama, Senti Aur Mental’s cast includes Yasra herself, Zain Afzal, Faryal Mehmood and Jinaan Hussain in key roles. Film’s first spell is already wrapped up, and can be expected for a Summer 2019 release.
24- Sheroz’s untitled film
This yet unitled film stars media industry’s most young and adored real life couple Syra Yusaf and Shehroz Sabzwari. Film is extensively shot in Behrain and different parts of Pakistan. With its 70 percent shoot wrapped up, makers of this youthful project are aiming to release their film on Eidul Azha.
Based on cannibalism and necrophilia, Durj marks directorial debut of actor Shamoon Abbasi. Film explores the genres of suspense and thriller with a strong emotional narrative. With actors like Sherry Khan, Noman Javed, Dodi Khan, Maria Khan and Shamoon himself in major roles, “Durj” can be expected to release in second half of 2019.
Lufangay is an upcoming horror comedy, a genre never explored in Pakistan. Written and directed by Abdul Khaliq Khan, film is said to feature Sami Khan and Sonya Hussain in lead roles. Although film is in its pre production phase right now but we can expect it to release in last quarter of 2019.
27- Delhi Gate
Nadeem Cheema, director of “Geo Sir Utha Kay”, has also announced his film for this year. Having a cast that includes prominent actors like Naddem Baig, Javed Sheikh, Shafqat Cheema, Nayer Ejaz, Rashid Mehmood and Saud, film’s first spell is planned to be shot in Lahore later in January and film is expected to come out sometime in Summers 2019
28- Altered Skin
This horror flick marks comeback of Juggan Kazim to celluloid. Along with Juggan, film stars Ali Kazmi and Salman Shahid in vital roles. Directed by Canadian film filmmaker Adnan Ahmed, “Altered Skin” is expected to release in 2019.