Director Nabeel Qureshi’s next movie Quaid e Azam Zindabad is all set to become the first film to release post Covid-19. The director demands that “People are going to restaurants and malls. Why wouldn’t they go to the movies?”
The movie starring Fahad Mustafa and Mahira Khan and the producer Fizza Ali Meerza at Filmwala Pictures is considering a December 2020 release date. Although cinemas are still closed due to coronavirus and a small smattering has started opening up. Major cinemas are willing to resume business once they have enough content to air on-screen and till now, not much content is available to air on their cinema’s screen.
It is expected that all cinemas will resume activities by November 2020 when Agent 007: No Time to Die releases worldwide. However, there is still a risk of the virus may dissuade audiences from buying tickets in droves.
There is another concern that even after the opening of cinemas, the number of available screens may have dwindled. Some of the cinemas have suffered a big loss due to Covid-19 and now are unable to endure this loss which concerns Quaid e Azam Zindabad makers. Fewer screens mean fewer profits.
However, the director of the Film Nabeel Qureshi and producer Fizza Ali Meerza are not ready to wait much as they said, “We released our first movie, Na Maloom Afraad, to limited screens back in 2014. We’ll just do it again. And yes, there may be fewer cinemas but that will be the case even next year. Why wait? I do think that people will come and see the movie. We are all social animals and we naturally gravitate towards going out, meeting people and doing things together.”
They further said, “There have been so many times when people have predicted that cinema will die: when TV channels launched, VCR’s became popular, Netflix took over and now, during the coronavirus crisis. But the love for going to see the movies has never died.”
Talking about their upcoming movie, Fizza said, “We may have fewer screens now but if local content doesn’t release because of this, there will be even less screens by next year. We can’t let that happen.”