And he is beginning this yr on a excessive notice as he indicators his first movie since Mehreen Jabbar’s 2008 launch Ramchand Pakistani. The upcoming movie titled Maidaan is underneath the banner of Shuffler Movies, co-founded by Waqas Rizvi and actor Gohar Rasheed. Ijaz can be seen essaying the character of a coach to 12 road kids who come collectively for the ‘Road Youngster World Cup’ that happened in Brazil three years in the past.
“What tempted me to do Maidaan was fairly actually, the topic. It’s our style. It’s a movie being made out of a purpose. It gives one thing substantial,” Ijaz tells Photos as we sit down to talk about his a lot awaited return to movies.
“It’s an trustworthy effort and I see nice potential within the imaginative and prescient of its makers. All you want is a brand new strategy and a veteran actor, the product of which is at all times optimistic [laughs]. I but need to undergo the ultimate draft, however I’ve mentioned sure to the venture for now.”
Maidaan, which may also star co-producer Gohar Rasheed and Besharam-fame actress Ghana Ali in lead roles, is predicated on true occasions and Ijaz plans on taking it in his stride. “Folks will be capable to relate to it,” he says confidently. “Sultan Rahi’s movies labored as a result of the viewers at the moment was capable of relate to the aggression, and that’s one thing that’s must occur whenever you current real-life tales on the reel.”
When requested to share his views on the present state of native cinema, Nauman is vocal about his views and believes that it’d take greater than a decade to ascertain a viable movie trade in Pakistan.
“Movies aren’t being made in Pakistan proper now. We’re simply seeing tv dramas releasing on the massive display screen,” he observes. “We’re solely working after every thing that India does, therefore, I used to be solely being supplied rom-coms. We have to perceive that we have now a unique style. Shah, to me has been top-of-the-line movies Pakistan has produced in latest instances.”
He continues by stating the administrators who’re venturing into filmmaking. “The administrators we have now now are both those who solely have expertise with TVCs or those who’ve labored on tv.
“Movies require a unique thought-process; they demand experimentation and new concepts,” he explains. “The trade wants new individuals, and doubtless much more focus since we’re solely churning out movies out of plain desperation.”
Maidaan won’t be your regular run-off- the-mill extravaganza that gives romance or comedy, and regardless of having an ensemble forged, Ijaz says that screen-space or box-office numbers have by no means bothered him and he stays clear about his priorities as an artist.
“I’m not bothered about whether or not the movie does nicely on the field workplace or not,” the Nijaat actor expresses. “I’m not a hero; I’m a personality actor, therefore, screen-space is rarely a priority so long as my character has some kind of a turning level within the script. To me, private satisfaction in a venture is what issues essentially the most.”
Ijaz, who had been on a hiatus for nearly three years and determined to comeback with a variety of initiatives, final yr, blames his extraordinarily profitable political/celeb talk-show, Mazaaq Raat for being lacking from the appearing scene.
“Mazaaq Raat was simple cash. I labored just for 12 days a month and it did wonders for me. However I suppose it was about time I resumed appearing and I’m very glad that I did; I’m very content material with the work that I’ve been doing on tv currently and I’m wanting ahead to beginning Maidaan,” he says.
Maidaan is at the moment within the pre-production section and is slated to go on flooring early summer time.