Karachi; 24th January 2016: Fog Catcher Films, a sister concern of Stimulus Productions, has announced what can be tipped to be the next blockbuster of the Pakistani cinema industry, Albela Rahi – a film on the epic tale of once an ordinary man, Alamgir, who rose to be the iconic Pop star of Pakistan and the one who pioneered the pop music genre in Pakistan.
It has been revealed that the lead actor playing the legendary pop singer is none other than Fawad Khan, Pakistan’s leading heartthrob and superstar. The 34-year-old actor who has been a true sensation in the television and film industry of Pakistan and India is perfect for this role having been a seasoned musician himself. Fawad Khan made his cinematic debut in 2007 and has come a long way since then, making his Bollywood debut in Shashanka Ghosh’s Khoobsurat opposite Sonam Kapoor. According to an insider, although Fawad is very selective when it comes to signing a film, he fell in love with the script and the story of Albela Rahi and has been on-board since day one!
The plot revolves around Alamgir and his struggles, his journey from East to West Pakistan and how he brought a wave of pop music along with him. Alamgir with his vigorous style of singing and stage performance brought a fresh breath of air to the Pakistani music industry in the early 1970’s. He introduced Urdu pop music and became an instant hit with his song ‘Albela Rahi’.
With an original script, a legendary protagonist together with Fawad Khan as the male lead, ‘Albela Rahi’ – Fog Catcher’s debut film shows immense potential of being a huge critical and commercial success.
The idea behind ALBELA RAHI
It was a fine chilly night of December 2013 when Sultan Ghani Afzal and Faisal Hashmi were sitting in the Stimulus office when suddenly it dawned on them that it was high time they made a film! It was always Sultan’s dream to make a film on someone who has left behind a legacy and changed the music industry forever. When it came down to deciding the protagonist, Alamgir – the legend who pioneered pop music in Pakistan was the ultimate front-runner! And so began the journey of Project Charlie – their code name for this film.
Project Charlie has finally been launched today as “Albela Rahi” and they are very proud of the fact that this is the first time a film is being made on a legendary pop icon of Pakistan. The idea has been polished for the past two years, the script rewritten and refined to the core and a great deal of effort made to bring it to where it is today.
“Although the concept of this film is a novel one in itself, we wanted to ensure that every other aspect of it is nothing short of being spectacular. Enter Fawad Khan – who we believe is the perfect actor to play Alamgir and carry on his legacy. We are very pleased to have Fawad on board since day one when we had shared with him the idea and script of Albela Rahi,” said Sultan Ghani Afzal.
Commenting about the living legend himself, Faisal Hashmi commented, “We are immensely grateful to the legendary Alamgir for embarking on this journey with us to tell his life’s story through Albela Rahi. We respect him with all our hearts and cannot wait for the world to see how he transformed the Pakistani music scene with his majestic wave of Urdu pop and burning flair for stage performance.”
The company might be new but the people behind it are veterans in the production industry of Pakistan. Sultan Ghani Afzal – the CEO of Fog Catcher Films along with Faisal Hashmi – the CEO of Stimulus Group of Companies, the makers of ALBELA RAHI have had the experience of producing over 200 TV commercials in the past six years. They have that burning passion and commitment to the film which will make it the next blockbuster of the Pakistani film industry!
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