Talking to the media at International Film Festival at Lahore’s Alhamra theatre, politician Imran Khan’s former wife and new TV anchor Reham Khan wants more films produced in Pakistan.
Standing besides Indian actor Om Puri and film director Madhur Bhandarkar she said there was a dearth of film schools in Pakistan and more cinemas built to encourage filmmakers..
Reham said it was great to have two prominent Indian film personalities at her side and that she was delighted to see them given Excellence Awards by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop.
She praised Madhur Bhandarkar for making films on women issues and informed that she too just had finished shooting for her first film as a filmmaker.
Asked how she would remain away from politics, she said she could not, as now films were being made on politics.
But as an aspiring filmaker Reham is already lagging behind as films and actors in Pakistan are already on the move.
Actress Mahira Khan was voted the “the hottest Pakistani on the planet” in a UK based newspaper after her success in a Lollywood film ‘Bin Roye’, and then shot a low budget Bollywood film ‘Raees’ with India’s super-star Sharukh Khan to consolidate her hold.
“Right now there is no Pakistani actress…bigger…than Mahira. Not only is she bridging the gap between television and cinema…she is also strengthening (her) international ties. With several new projects on the way in 2016, she is expected her to reach great heights and become role model for girls in her country,” said leading film journalist Asjad Nazir.
In the other vein Nadeem Mandviwalla a prominent distributor and exhibitor said although another big budget Bollywood film ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is also due to release next Friday, the advance bookings for ‘Dilwale’ has been at record levels.
Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra retained her title as the sexiest Asian woman in the world this year in the long-running list of list of 50 sexiest Asian women on the planet. with A-list Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif among the top five and Nia Sharma, Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Gauhar Khan, Sonam Kapoor in the top 10.
On the male side, Zayn Malik, who is the youngest star on the polling list of Eastern Eye and was ninth in the poling last year, has dethroned Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan as the second sexiest Asian Man in the world.
However, all said and done, 50 year old Shah Rukh Khan pairing with Kajol still remain the hottest pairing on both sides of the border.