Rang Raaz in Huffington Post

Huffington Post

Many people in Pakistan believe that the local film industry is thriving after a long time. However, there is little reality in this commonly held belief. The recent revival is only gilded, not really gold. With the kind of films being released over this year, it seems as if the recent wave of cinema is all set to fizzle out before making any mark.

Having said that, there are still a few filmmakers in Pakistan who are genuinely trying to push boundaries and achieve cinematic merit. These filmmakers focus on bringing real life questions to the screen for the audiences to find their answers.

Rang Raaz featured in The Fader

The Fader

Every culture has its own version of Romeo & Juliet: stories of star-crossed lovers doomed due to the sociopolitical constraints of their time. In modern South Asian cinema, the trope is most often filtered through the lens of religion and the sometimes deadly plight of Hindu-Muslim couples...

Hamza Bangash in The Kollective

The Kollective

It’s difficult to talk about his upcoming film ‘Rang Raaz’ (‘The Secret of Colour’) without pondering over where Pakistani films have catapulted themselves to. From having no releases for years to having multiple movie screenings in a month, we are truly witnessing a marriage of extremes and the young director acknowledges an innate dichotomy, “we have some filmmakers who are making daring, original work that addresses social issues so well,” he says, particularly praising ‘Moor’ and ‘Actor-In-Law’ before adding, “It’s all of the stuff in between that is the problem. The films that are so clearly cash grabs; made with no vision.”

Rang Raaz is 178% funded on Kickstarter

Kickstarter

"It's kind of astounding.  

When this all began, I hadn't planned for Rang Raaz to come to Kickstarter.  I had no idea if this idea would work; if we'd even be able to raise enough to cover post-production. And here we are, with over $3,151 more than we asked for.  Seriously, things usually don't work out this way. Especially when you're trying to make a movie.  Usually, things fall through.  Usually, you fail, and you just have to get up and you try again.  And so when your faith is rewarded, when you put something out into the world and discover that you're not just shouting into a vacuum--that there are other people out there who want to be a part of the act of creation as much as you want to create--it leaves you kind of stunned."

Hamza Bangash in Catch News

Catch News

"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! To be staged at the Karachi Arts Council

The Nation

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.

Qalambaaz Screenwriting Fellows 2016

HIP

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.

ICRC Ambulance Safety Awareness Campaign

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

Kaun Sunta Hai- Dawn Images

Dawn Images   

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.