Chalay Thay Saath to screen in Hong Kong on March 20
With over ten years post cinema revival, Pakistani films have begun to make a mark internationally. Several films have been screened in multiple countries (Rahm, Lala Begum, Janaan, etc.) in recent past while this year’s Parchi was the first film to release in Saudi Arabia. The most recent example in this regard is Cake that premiered in London earlier this week ahead of its release in Pakistan on March 30.
Adding to the list of films representing Pakistan beyond borders is Umer Adil’s Chalay Thay Saath that features Syra Shahroz, Chinese actor Kent S. Leung, Mansha Pasha, Zhalay Sarhadi, Faris Khalid and Osama Tahir in prominent roles. The film will have a special screening in Hong Kong on March 20 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, Umer Adil told Instep.
“The screening has been initiated by the Pakistan consulate HK,” he informed. “It’s the first time a Pakistani film will be screened in a theatre in Hong Kong. They heard about the film and wanted a preview for the Pakistani community in Hong Kong. I think it’s a good initiative. However, This being a first, a lot of effort went in acquiring the NOC and getting it through the censorship.”
When asked if the screening will be followed by the film’s release in Hong Kong, the director responded, “We are working on a proper release plan for China.”
Released on April 21, 2017 in Pakistan, Chalay Thay Saath follows themes of love and relationships as a group of friends embark on a trip together. The film was also released in the US.