17th June 2020: According to the leading news source, actress Sonya Hussyn has replaced Faryal Mahmood in the film Lockdown. The director and co-writer of the film, Abu Aleeha, confirmed the news.
Sonya will now play the role of the lead character alongside actor Gohar Rasheed. The reason behind Faryal’s abrupt withdrawal from the film is not apparent as yet. However, Abu Aleeha said she left for some ‘personal reasons’.
Another source reported that the Enaaya actress says that she left the project because she wasn’t feeling her best and wasn’t up for a hectic shoot as yet. Also, the filming dates were not flexible for her.
What does Abu Aleeha’s upcoming flick, the ‘lockdown’ has in store for us?
“It’s a love story with the backdrop of lockdown and the horrors of Covid-19. The whole world is experiencing it right now… how a common man gets affected by [the coronavirus], how a simple couple gets affected by the horror of Covid-19 and the repercussions of lockdown.”
Lockdown will be produced under the banner of Mont Blanc. Reportedly, Asad Malik will be the DoP of the film. Abida Ahmed has written the script.
Netflix and Amazon are being considered at the moment as the film is being produced for an online streaming platform.
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11th June 2020: COVID-19 has taken a toll over the entire world and is wreaking havoc on us. With the novel virus affecting the economy, it’s difficult to see Pakistan’s entertainment industry flourish.
However, there’s one project that Pakistan’s entertainment industry is working on, which includes Gohar Rasheed and Faryal Mehmood. The two are working on a film based on COVID-19.
Faryal Mehmood added, “I can’t talk much about the story, but the name kinda gives it away! It’s about a couple suffering through these times and how they overcome their struggles to be with each other in the end. Hope for all of us to ignite in ourselves and others.”
The starlet also shared that the movie will be for either Amazon or Netflix.
The script for the upcoming venture is penned by Abida Ahmed and Abu Aleeha, with Aleeha also directing the project. Asad Malik will be the director of photography, and Mont Blanc will produce it.
Continuing the conversation, Gohar Rasheed added, “The story is unique, it’s very relatable. The way it’s been written, the kind of treatment they’re doing… it’s never been done before. Abu Aleeha has done a fantastic job on it.”
“It’s very real. The concept is very original. It hasn’t been attempted before, especially in Pakistan. I was completely sold on Abu Aleeha’s vision for this film. We’re trying our best. I really hope with this project; we enter the OTT [streaming service] market.”
The release date of the movie isn’t confirmed yet, and the shooting of the film is halted as well, given the current situation. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the cast and crew are doing their best to practice social distancing while working and staying following all the safety precautions.
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