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Tamanna: Pakistan’s first noir film

Published Jun 01, 2013 04:46pm


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Tamanna is a Pakistani film produced by Concordia Productions (PVT) Limited. Pakistan’s first noir film, Tamanna, is an intense thriller with elements of dark humour, which explores, amongst various themes, a young man’s reluctance to accept feudal dominance. Adapted from the classic British stage play 'Sleuth' by Anthony Shaffer set in present day Lahore, Pakistan.

Tamanna – starring Salman Shahid, Omair Rana, Mehreen Raheel and Feryal Gauhar, all of them experienced and well-known local actors – is a first film of the film noir genre made in Pakistan, according to its producer Sarah Tareen who previously worked with Shoaib Mansoor on Khuda Kay Liye.

Directed by renowned British director Steven Moore, Tamanna is the story of a young man, Riz Ahmed (Omair Rana), who falls in love with the young wife (Mehreen Raheel) of the wealthy Mian Tariq Ali (Salman Shahid). The daring Riz pushes the boundaries and puts the question in front of Mian Tariq Ali who proposes that in order to take his wife in marriage the young Riz steal some highly precious jewels that the former had brought a while ago. Thus begins what seems like an intriguing tale of crime, love, jealousy and deceit.

Judging by the trailer, the film, along with its superb set design and cinematography, appears quite engaging and intriguing. It would be especially appealing to the Pakistani enthusiasts of the film noir genre.

However, the film is not directed solely at a single group but aims to reach out to the general audience, designed to appeal to the intelligent viewers across the spectrum.

“The story is essentially about class snobbery, adultery and ego. We have purposefully chosen realism and artistic integrity over sensationalism, because we want this film to be taken seriously internationally and have a long shelf life. Our general philosophy is to stay away from politics and religion and to concentrate on class and social issues. This film is not ‘masala’ but neither is it parallel cinema – it is midway and is aimed at intelligent viewers from any background. The story is relevant to present Pakistani culture with its emerging middle class challenging the gentry”, Tamanna’s producer Tareen said [in an interview][1].

Comments (16) Closed

Deep Jun 01, 2013 10:39pm

Same as Sahib Biwi aur Gangster

Caz Jun 01, 2013 11:50pm

Bit of a cop out., then But the single most serious issue in pakistan is the accursed religion

Haseeb Jun 02, 2013 07:14am

Seems like a copy of 1972 film "Sleuth" starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

BM Jun 02, 2013 11:43am

Sorry to say, but the plot is lifted straight from the 1972 film Slueth starring Michael Cain and Laurence Olivier. Here's the IMDB link:

saeed Jun 02, 2013 04:57pm

Don't feel sorry . It is just adaptation of some novel or stage drama. Never say a original script . This thing is common in both Hollywood and Bollywood. Just enjoy the movie

Slooth Jun 02, 2013 06:15pm

"Directed by renowned British director Steven Moore"....renowned is an overreaching word in this context

jkpakistani Jun 02, 2013 10:52pm

Folks, Stop making comparisions an just enjoy...:)

Khurram Jadoon Jun 02, 2013 11:09pm

@Deep: Tum tu chup hi raho...

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jun 02, 2013 11:20pm

"Khuda ke liye" was the best film that was made by Pakistani. I saw this Movie in our Multiplex theater Pune, My friends were opposing to see this movie. They said Why do you want to see "C" GRADE Pakistani movie??

But I drawn them into theater forcefully after movie all people was praising my choice I also was so shocked that How Pakistani people can made such beautiful motion picture?

So Khuda ke liye is milestone movie in my movie's history memory.

But this movie, Tammana is not even 20% of Khuda ke liye. It will not be successful in India because such betrayal story movies has already been made in India, many times.

Sorry to say but this time not so good "2 point out of 5" for this movie.

AS Jun 03, 2013 04:05am

Adoption from Sleuth has been acknowledged.

dyanosus Jun 03, 2013 04:43am

If you all read the title of video trailer then it clearly mentioned 'adapted from classic British stage play Sleuth' The story does look intriguing and it would be a big step for Pakistani Cinema to finally produce a cinema worthy movie after some time. I hope this will turn out to be an interesting production. BTW many Indian movies are frequently 'inspired' by American movies without crediting the original masterpiece.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jun 03, 2013 09:51am

Not even 25% of Khuda ke liye.

Rukhsar Jun 03, 2013 01:15pm

It's not an adaptation of the classic play, it's an exact copy of 'Sleuth' 2007. Mind telling that to readers, please. Even the trailer is an exact copy of 'Sleuth' 2007 Directed by Kenneth Branagh. With Michael Caine and Jude Law . There is a difference between 'Adaptation' and 'Copy and Paste'. Stop believing that the readers and audiences are darn pea-brained.Goodness.And kindly allow your space for transparent and open discussions.

a Jun 05, 2013 01:42am

@Ravi Ingale from University of Pune: Have you seen the movie already? How did you end up giving 2 out of 5.

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jun 05, 2013 04:17pm

@a: Kucch log ko ishara hi kaafi hota hain.

Bilal Jun 09, 2013 10:13am

@Rukhsar : Where in Kenneth Brannagh's film is there a female character? Tamanna has two, plus other characters. How then is it an 'exact copy'? Stop talking nonsense, you obviously are just trying to denigrate these peoples work for your own sad reasons.