BY YUSRA JABEEN KARACHI: They went looking for someone. Instead, something found them. The shenanigans of these 20-somethings were caught on tape as they dealt with the unknown, and their act will be aired on silver screen nationwide on May 20 in the upcoming horror flick Aksbandh. Aksbandh is Pakistan’s first found footage film, making...
BY YUSRA JABEEN
KARACHI: They went looking for someone. Instead, something found them.
The shenanigans of these 20-somethings were caught on tape as they dealt with the unknown, and their act will be aired on silver screen nationwide on May 20 in the upcoming horror flick Aksbandh.
Aksbandh is Pakistan’s first found footage film, making the country eighth in the world to attempt a horror movie using the said concept, Emraan Hussain, director of the film, said. The director was speaking at a press conference held at Karachi Press Club Thursday.
Found footage films come under the likes of The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, where the events on screen are seen through the camera recording of an actual character from the movie. It is, essentially, a movie within a movie.
‘Aksbandh is not star-studded’
“The pull factor of a found footage film is not having a renowned cast,” said Hussain. “If you have known actors involved in a found footage horror film, it becomes less believable,” he added.
The case of the movie includes Ayaz Samoo, Bilal Yousufzai, Danial Afzal Khan, Saud Imtiaz, Shehzeen Rahat, Mahrukh Rizvi and Arshad Ali.
“When we decided to produce Aksbandh, I was not sure whether it will be a hit or a miss. But I was sure we will be doing something different,” Naveed Arshad, co-producer of the movie, said.
‘Aksbandh has no dialogues’
The film was shot in a span of 13 days, out of which 12 were spent in the remote village of Sardar Nawaz Khan in Larkana, Sindh. “Not only was it shot in a small span of time, there were also no [scripted] dialogues,” Ayaz Samoo, actor and co-producer of Aksbandh, told the media. The dialogues did not “sit well” with the feel of the movie, he added.
Preparing for Aksbandh
A 15-day workshop was help prior to shooting of the film so that the cast and crew could get to know each other, develop their characters and their friendship, one that they wanted to portray on screen. “This was done so the feel of a found footage movie could be kept,” Samoo told the media.
“In Aksbandh, it was an additional challenge to act as we had to keep the act as real as we can,” Danial Afzal Khan, the lead actor of the film, said. It is comparatively “easier” to act in movies that are not found footage, Khan added.
All you need is talent
“Aksbandh is a low-budget film compared to what the Pakistani cinema is currently producing,” the director said. “We wanted to show the young filmmakers in Pakistan that they do not need big names to make a good movie,” he added.
“I co-produced the movie because I wanted to learn something new and do something different,” Samoo said. “Found footage movies are usually low on budget and high on return,” he added. – SAMAA