My females are not victims. They are heroes in their lives: Mehreen

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My females are not victims. They are heroes in their lives: Mehreen
Ali Kazmi, Hareem Farooq, director Mehreen Jabbar, Adeel Hussain and Sanam Saeed at the Khaleej Times office on Sunday evening

Published: Mon 21 Nov 2016, 3:45 PM

Last updated: Sun 15 Jan 2017, 10:44 AM

The story of a divorced Pakistani woman based in New York City who visits an upscale Connecticut suburb to visit her estranged ex-mother-in-law comes across as a very unlikely premise of a Pakistani film. When we asked the cast and crew of Dobara Phir Se who visited Khaleej Times office to promote their film that releases in the UAE this weekend, they said that their film is different and very progressive.
Adeel Hussain, Sanam Saeed, Hareem Farooq, Ali Kazmi and director Mehreen Jabbar are coming together for a film and they are shouting from the rooftop that it is not a copy of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. "Our story is original. A lot of people thought it is the copy of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Female characters in my film are really strong. None of the female characters in Dobara Phir Se are victims. They are all heroes in their own lives. This movie is very contemporary. It is a simple story of complicated relationships," said Mehreen Jabbar who has directed the movie. Sanam Saeed who is popularly known for the success of her TV series Zindagi Gulzar Hai plays one of the leads in the movie.
"It's definitely a film with its own genre. Pakistani cinema has never attempted something so simple. It is about young love, complications of heart and Pakistanis living abroad. It's an experiment without any forced masala and jokes," Sanam said.

By Arti Dani

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She's the BOSS
Mehreen Jabbar is based in New York City. Ramchand Pakistani was her first feature-length film. In her career spanning over 20 years, she is known to make gritty, hard ­hitting films and TV series for Pakistan and South Asia. "You should be judged by your work and not your gender. When I am gone, I would want my work to speak and not that I was a female director," said Mehreen.


CT201116-KP-DOBARA  Pakistani movie director Mehreen Jabbar  at Khaleej Times office to promote their upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA Pakistani movie director Mehreen Jabbar at Khaleej Times office to promote their upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA  Pakistani movie star Adeel Hussain at Khaleej Times office to promote their upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA Pakistani movie star Adeel Hussain at Khaleej Times office to promote their upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA  Pakistani movie star Sanam Saeed at Khaleej Times office to promote her upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA Pakistani movie star Sanam Saeed at Khaleej Times office to promote her upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA  Pakistani movie star Hareem Farooq at Khaleej Times office to promote her upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad
CT201116-KP-DOBARA Pakistani movie star Hareem Farooq at Khaleej Times office to promote her upcoming movie 'Dobara Phir Se', in Dubai on Monday, 21 november 2016. Photo by Kiran Prasad


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