The teaser trailer for upcoming Pakistani tele-film 8969 is out and features the versatile Saba Qamar.
Directed by Azeem Sajjad in collaboration with AJ Productions, the film stars Saba Qamar, Hussain Tiwana, Sadaf Hamid, Azeem Sajjad and Anam Malik among others.
Sajjad has been in the industry for over two decades and has done well, mostly directing and producing Pushto television serials. His drama, Za Pakhtoon Yum (I am Pakhtoon), which aired on AVT Khyber, received the most recognition.
Not much has been conveyed about the storyline in the trailer. From the looks of it, the film could be a murder mystery/thriller with a romantic side story to the plot. That being said, it does appear to be a run-of-the-mill venture without much substance.
Rumours had spread that Saba Qamar will do an item number called "Mastani" for the movie, but the actor denied all speculations.
“When I do dramas, housewives relate to me. I don’t think they will continue to feel the same about me once I perform on an item song,” she said in an interview.
She further added that Mehwish Hayat and Humaima Malik have faced scrutiny for doing item numbers.
However, a video of the song "Mastani" went viral soon after her statement.
Even though it's still too early to come to a conclusion, 8969 looks unimpressive for the most part.
With movies like Operation 021 and Na Maloom Afraad coming out, Pakistani cinema is stepping into a more refined era of film making, and if this trailer is an accurate reflection of the tele-film as a whole, 8969 does not seem like it's going to come close.