A review on Pakistani Drama Short Film, ‘Hotline’ (2017). The Assistant Directors are Hamza Nadir & Uzair Ali while it’s Production Manager and Score composer is Kamran Khan.
- Coloring, Edited, Sound Mixing, Written, Directed & Produced by Ahmer Qureshi
- Cinematography by Jawad Mangi
- Costumes Designed by Sehrish Baseem
- Production Design by Aqib Jafry
- Score ‘Wajd’ is co-composed by Murad Ansari & Saad Ansari
Hotline is a thesis film submitted by SZABIST students. It is about the emptiness of the two married couple lives.
The director, Ahmer Qureshi is a talented cinematographer himself yet he assigned Jawad Mangi to do this film’s direction of photography.
+ Full Cast
- Bilal Yousufzai as Husband
- Syed Frozan Mustafa as Wife
- Faiz M. Qazi as Co-worker #1
- Alizar Hussani as Co-worker #2
- Bisma Khan as Neighbor
- Sohail Khan as Boss
After some time of married life, the couple is suffering from a good social life and has been unable to fulfill their dreams. In a time like this, someone recommends to use the ‘Hotline’.
+ High Points
i – Ahmer Qureshi has played with the colors to make it a very memorable visualization film. It reminded me of the fame sci-fi Hollywood film ‘Blade Runner’ (1984).
ii – The cinematography and its lighting has done a wonderful job in its collaboration.
iii – Bilal Yousufzai has performed very well as job struggling, a husband who is lacking greatly in communicating with his wife. Other Honorable Mentions: Frozan Mustafa.
iv – The story makes the short film interesting and compelling to watch.
+ Low Points
i – Even if Bisma is a non-professional actress, her acting skills still needs improvement.
ii – There was a serious absence and in need of strong supporting role.
Visually dazzling & satisfying storytelling, Hotline is an impressive effort on its level of film making.
Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars