"That's what we tried to do with Rang Raaz, and I think that's why the trailer for the film has resonated with so many people. That's the direction our cinema needs to be headed towards. Bollywood creates some amazing movies, but we can't compete with them on budget. India has nurtured their film artists for almost a century. The Pakistani film industry needs to work together on discovering it's own own identity."
Suno! a theatre production being performed at the Arts Council in Karachi from the 27th to 30th April. Suno! is written and directed by Hamza Bangash, the creative director at CityLights Productions, whose previous play Baraf Paani was awarded the prize for best production at the IAM Karachi Arts Festival last year. The play traces the journey of Gulzar’s mental illness, beginning with the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather’s death which Gulzar’s mother and grandmother seem unwilling to discuss. Gulzar's journey encompasses much of what other sufferers of mental illness go through: a fall out with his friends, a feeling of rejection, complete meaninglessness and disconnection, the critical step of coming to terms with his mental illness and ultimately, his journey of recovery.
With pride, in just year two, 'Qalambaaz' boasts writers from various cities of Pakistan in its rising class for this year, as well as successful mentors from India, the US, and Italy. This year’s mentors include Ivana Massetti, Uttam Sirur, and returning mentors Sumit Roy, Amit Kumar, and Zak Shaikh.
Hamza Bangash has partnered with the International Red Cross to write, produce and direct a series of public service announcements on the topic of 'Ambulance Drivers Safety.' The awareness campaign is part of the ICRC's continued investment in the improvement in working conditions of health care workers in Pakistan.
Through his production house, CityLights, Hamza Bangash will create all television, radio and billboard materials for the awareness campaign.
Pictured below on MoU signing, Hamza Bangash and Maciej Polkowski, Project Head
Three actors, many characters
Like his previous plays, Hamza Bangash sticks to the idea of having fewer actors on stage. He assigns various characters to his limited cast and the play falls beautifully as the audience also starts to understand the importance of this technique.
Mental health is one of the most difficult subjects to write on, Bangash told The Express Tribune. “I took this project and was given immense freedom to capture the stigma attached to mental health in Pakistan,” he said.
World this morning discusses new wave of Pakistani theatre with the cast and producer of Baraf Paani, Hamza Bangash, Hadi bin Arshad and Amtul Baweja. Hosted by Shahzad Khan & Maha Makhdum, produced by Nabeel Tirmazi.
Hamza Bangash has been selected to write, direct and produce a short film as part of Modern Fuel Artist-in-Residency Program. The produced film we be playing at the Springer Market Film Festival 2014.
"I love telling stories that challenge people’s preconceptions," says 23-year-old filmmaker Hamza Bangash. "Subvert what they believe to be true by showing the reality of the situation. For example, one of my favorite themes [is] modern-day feminism in Karachi." His debut short is called Badal"