Air force film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon (PHJ), directed by Haseeb Hassan and written by Farhat Ishtiaq, garnered good reviews when it was released across Pakistan on Eid ul Azha, this year. The good news is that the film, featuring an ensemble cast including Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir and Ahad Raza Mir, among others, had its premiere in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday (November 4).
The premiere was attended by the film’s lead pair Hamza Ali Abbasi and Hania Aamir, along with the Ambassador of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia and Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan.
Actor and host Hamza Ali Abbasi, just before the premiere, shared that it was a moment of pride to reach here and also urged everyone to come and watch the movie, which pays tribute to the Pakistan Air Force and revolves around the spirit of nationalism.
It was just last month that Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry announced on Twitter that Parwaaz Hai Junoon will be the first commercial Pakistani film to be released in Saudi Arabia. However, this is not true as action film Parchi, that released in Pakistan earlier this year and stars Hareem Farooq and Ali Rehman in key roles, saw a limited release in Saudi Arabia.
The exchange of culture through films is one that must be appreciated and has merit. We hope more Pakistani films are released in Saudi Arabia in the near future and vice versa.