New Pakistani movie “Josh” is a social drama centered on the prevalence of feudal culture system of Pakistan that is one of major challenges around us. The film “Josh” has managed to get the attention of the film festivals in Melbourne, Mumbai and Calgary. The film is directed and produced by Iram Parveen Bilal.
The film stars Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Naveen Waqar, Adnan Shah Tipu, Kaiser Khan Nizamani, Parveen Akber, Nyla Jafri, Salim Mairaj, Faizan Haqquee and Ali Rizvi in the ensemble cast.
The film “Josh” tells the story of high school teacher “Fatima” living in Karachi. Fatima is a dedicated school teacher living the sophisticated high life in Karachi. She is devastated when her nanny “Nusrat” goes disappears. However, her friends and family members request her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudal in Nusrat’s village, Fatima travels there to investigate.
The film “Josh” is about many things – class separation, education, women’s rights, feudalism and the youth movement. It’s about what happens when you find your world turned upside down and you want to take control of your life again. It’s also a story of hope, of trying, of redemption. And in that way, it’s the story of Pakistan, and of the pain, the pleasure and the spirit of unity and independence. Ultimately, if I were to pick one thing, it’s a film about never giving up.
Film Director and Producer Bilal said:
Since the script phase, we had a lot of issues finding a distributor for our film. It is very difficult to find someone to release a film whose director is not from a film family or doesn’t have that backing. This is what it has always been about from the very beginning — getting the film to release in Pakistan, says Bilal.
The support system for the film was very limited at the time — finding the right equipment and a trained crew [was not easy]. For example, it was a rather new concept for a lot of people to shoot using natural sound, says Bilal.
Bilal is currently working on a new project that will be the big Project and requires larger budget than Josh.