A review on Pakistani Thriller feature length film, Josh: Independence through Unity (2013). The Production Houses are Parveen Shah Productions & Twenty Nine Dash One Productions while its Distributor is ARY Films.
- Directed, Story, Screenplay & Produced by Iram Parveen Bilal
- Cinematography by Nausheen Dadabhoy
- Co-Screenplay by Farah Usman
- Edited by Jochen Kunstler
- Co-Produced by Saad Bin Mujeeb & Kelly Thomas
Josh world premiered at the Mumbai International Film Festival in October 2012. The film released in Pakistan on 12 August 2013. The Music is composed by Shahi Hasan & Andrew T. Mackay. The themes being tackled are class separation, feudalism, poverty, individual empowerment, and women’s rights.
This film received the 2012 Women in Film Finishing Grant, the 2013 Silent River Film Festival Best First Feature and Best Actress, the 2013 Filmfest Hamburg, Best Political Film Nomination. It also won the Best Screenplay Jury Prize and the Best Feature Film Audience Prize at the Washington, D.C. South Asian Film Festival 2014.
+ Main Cast
- Aamina Sheikh as Fatima
- Mohib Mirza as Uzair
- Naveen Waqar as Ayla
- Khalid Malik as Adil
- Adnan Shah as Gulsher
- Khalid Ahmed as Khawaja
- Saleem Mairaj as Master Khalid
- Ali Rizvi as Ahmed
- Kiaser Khan Nizamani as Khan
- Nyla Jaffri as Nusrat Bi
- Parveen Akbar as Parveen
- Faizan Haqquee as Zeeshan
It is about Fatima, a dedicated school teacher, who is living a high cosmopolitan life in Karachi until one day her life shatters when her nanny Nusrat-bhi inexplicably disappears. Fatima then takes on the challenge to seek the dangerous truth in Nusrat’s feudal village.
+ High Points
i – Aamina Sheikh’s performance is very fascinating. She exceeded the expectations of the audience due her convincing performance.
ii – Mohib Mirza has a small supporting role in the film which came time to time. It’s known to everyone that Mohib is a wonderful actor and here too made a place in the film to remember him by with.
iii – Adnan Shah played a second-in-command bodyguard and a right-hand man to Kiaser Khan Nizamani. He is a great actor who never disappoints his fans and audience alike. Take my word for it that this is a very good film with great performances by everyone. Other Honorable Mentions: Saleem Mairaj, Nyla Jaffri and rest of the cast.
iv – Excellent direction by Iram Parveen Bilal. I am shocked to why I never heard of this director before or any praises from anyone on this film before? I remember when it was newly released in Pakistan but ran only few days at the cinema. This is a gem of our Pakistani film industry that should not be left forgotten.
v – The cinematography is very truthfully shot of our rural and urban areas.
vi – The story & screenplay are written so well that it helped the film to be very interesting to watch.
+ Low Points
i – The film’s time length is short whereas the viewers wanted to see more of it.
Powerful film, thanks to landmark performances by the entire cast, Josh is a drama thriller film where its superb direction and screenplay would definitely boast up our Pakistani film industry to its new heights.
Rate: 4.25 out of 5 stars