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Is 'Umro Ayyar' most expensive film in Pakistan's history?

Is 'Umro Ayyar' most expensive film in Pakistan's history?

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It is released on Eidul Azha

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(Web Desk) - Cinema is set to take a remarkable step forward with the release of ‘Umro Ayyar – A New Beginning’ on Eidul Azha. It boldly ventures into science fiction genre.

This film is not just a notable achievement for the industry; it also holds the potential to set a precedent for future Sci-Fi productions in Pakistan.

Actors Usman Mukhtar and Faran Tahir appearing on a show have shared details about the film.

They called it the most expensive production in the country’s history.

Faran, who plays the primary antagonist, expressed immense pride in being part of the project.

He commented, "This film marks the dawn of a new era for our industry, introducing a genre that we've traditionally left uncharted."

“The excitement and the multifaceted nature of this new beginning extend far beyond the title of the movie.”

Usman Mukhtar, who portrays the legendary figure of Umro Ayyar, emphasised the importance of local support for Pakistani Sci-Fi endeavours.

He said: “You watch similar films from our neighbouring country, so you should definitely watch this one since it’s derived from our own literature.”

Faran added: “Our industry often faces criticism for not expanding. Now, we’re taking a significant, albeit risky, step forward.”

The film’s foundation in classical literature was a focal point for the cast.

Faran, known for his diverse roles in Hollywood, highlighted the gap between the younger generation and Pakistani literary heritage.

He said: “Creating content for our younger audience is crucial.

“There is a huge gap between the younger generation and Pakistani literature.

“Stories like Umro Ayyar have been part of our culture for centuries, yet we’ve neglected to celebrate them.”

Usman called the film “Pakistan’s first superhero movie”, acknowledging the unique challenges faced during production, particularly in a country lacking established VFX studios.

Faran elaborated on the innovative solutions employed, such as hiring European stunt directors with experience on high-profile series like Game of Thrones.

“We identified gaps and brought in international talent where necessary. However, we also established our own VFX studio in Islamabad, which is now fully operational.”

This film not only marks a significant milestone for the industry but also promises to pave the way for future Sci-Fi productions in Pakistan.