‘Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad’ in explosive opening, earns crores of rupees on Eid holidays
July 12, 2022 04:15 PM
The Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa starrer Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad has reportedly been a huge hit on the Pakistani box office and abroad as the movie has collected crores of rupees since its premiere on Eidul Azha eve.
According to Lolly Pictures, the film has so far earned humongous 6.80 crores rupees from its worldwide opning.
In a tweet, the Lolly Pictures said “Box Office Biggie #QuaideAzamZindabad gets off to a speedy start, not only in Pakistan but all over the globe as well. Film has collected humongous 6.80 Crores+ Worldwide just in it's opening weekend. That is some powerful performance.”
The movie-goers have also showered praise on the performance of the actors especially the lead ones.
Nabeel Qureshi-directed film “Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad,” starring megastars Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa, hit cinema screens across the country on the Eid holidays, with the cast saying that the release was a feature with many firsts: A cop film and a musical masala movie with an important message.
The movie, which encountered delays due the COVID-19 pandemic, brings Mahira Khan and Mustafa together on the silver screen for the first time.
The action-packed movie simultaneously released on Sunday in 14 countries, including the UAE, UK and US.
“I genuinely think this is an entertaining film. It’s a relevant film. I have not seen a cop film in Pakistan before. I have not seen such action before,” Mahira Khan told Arab News in an interview ahead of the film launch. “It’s a full on, what we say in Urdu, masala film, and it also has a very important message.”
Speaking about her character, Mahira Khan said that she stood for a “message,” whether it related to the harassment of women or human and animal rights. “She is a girl who doesn’t think about social norms, societal norms. She does what she wants to do and she has a very strong moral compass,” Mahira Khan said. “She believes this is right and this is wrong.”
She added: “And she also believes in giving second chances,” chuckling as she glanced at Fahad Mustafa.
The actor was confident that his fans would love the film. “This is the film that can actually bring people out of their houses and make them watch that cinematic experience,” Fahad Mustafa said. “So, I think this is the last hope. I really hope that they come out and we’d be able to do more films then.”
The two actors had some interesting anecdotes to share, with Mustafa recalling a tough shoot with a lion on the set.
“I had no clue I was scared of lions,” he said. “The lion was real and it was right there, and in the end, it is a lion, so what do you do?
“It was a little scary and fun but I don’t really want to remember that day, you know, it was not a fun shoot.”
Mahira Khan recalled a scene where she was carrying a puppy on a bike. As the camera came close, the dog turned its face and began kissing the lens. “We had these little moments,” a smiling Mahira added.
“Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad” is not the only Pakistani movie releasing on Eid, and will face tough competition from the much-awaited Humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat-starring “London Nahi Jaunga.”
Fahad Mustafa said that he believed both films needed each other. “It is not time to compete but collectively … as a unified group, we should be working together,” the actor said.
So much is riding on both the films doing well, Khan added. “The box office will dictate how investors, distributors and filmmakers will all feel about cinema, because at the end of the day, it is a business.
“Go watch ‘London Nahi Jaunga,’” both actors then said in unison.
At the end of the day, the two stars said that they were relieved to be returning to the big screen.
“This is the real thing; this is what actors live for,” Mustafa said.
Mahira Khan added: “Nothing like a film, nothing like cinema … Oh, we wanna do this forever … cinema has that magic.”