The movie ‘Wajood’ has been shot at various locations in Turkey — including Rize, Antalya and Istanbul
The movie is directed by well-known director, producer and actor Javed Sheikh. The cast includes leading actors from Pakistan’s film industry, with actor Danish Taimur playing the lead role.
Addressing a press conference held at the conclusion of the shooting of the coming film, Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Sohail Mahmood said that efforts are underway to further promote Pakistan-Turkey collaboration in joint production and exchange of films and TV serials.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood noted that 2017 marks the 70th Year of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and Turkey and added that the Pakistan Embassy, in collaboration with relevant Turkish authorities and institutions, is organizing cultural and literary events to celebrate this milestone in a befitting manner. He hoped that the release of this movie, Wajood, would be an important part of such celebrations.
Referring to the revival and revitalization of the film industry in Pakistan, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood said this transformation is part of a larger process in which phenomenal growth of Pakistani music, visual and preforming arts, and literature has taken place. A key element of this growth and expansion is the deeper involvement of younger artists — who are highly motivated, talented, and enterprising.
“It is also heart-warming that in the last few years, the entertainment industry in Pakistan and Turkey has played an important role in bringing the two brotherly people even closer to each other”, said the Ambassador.
While Turkey has a well-established and experienced film production and distribution chain, Pakistan, with its nearly 200 million population, has a strong viewer market with an increasing desire for quality entertainment, he said. “This creates immense opportunities for the producers in both countries to distribute and display their films and drama serials in each other’s markets” Ambassador Sohail Mahmood added.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Javed Sheikh highlighted the theme of the movie as well as its cast and production team. He thanked Ambassador Sohail, the Pakistan Embassy and the Turkish authorities for providing all possible facilitation and support during the shooting.
Javed Sheikh also spoke highly of the love, affection and respect of the Turkish people for the people of Pakistan, which he and his crew members consistently experienced first-hand during their stay.
Thanking Turkish Airlines for its support of the movie, Javed Sheikh underlined that the remarkable scenic beauty of Turkey, and especially of Rize which for the first time ever will be transmitted to the Pakistani people with the release of Wajood, boosting tourism.
Pakistan’s Consul General in Istanbul Dr. Yusuf Junaid and Shaan Agha of Azad Films also spoke while the film’s heroine Saeeda Imtiyaz and other leading cast were present.