In a major shift in policy, Islam state of Saudi Arabia has lift a ban on cinema after 35 years and Hareem Farooq starrer film Parchi holds the credit of being the first Pakistani film screened in the capital.
Reportedly, around 2,000 people attended the screening in Riyadh in six consecutive shows. The producer of the movie, Imran Raza Kazmi especially flew to Riyadh for the premiere, which he attended with the Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Matab Bin Thenayan Bin Mohammed.
“It’s a great initiative in accordance with the Saudi Vision 2030 and we assure our full support to strengthen Pak-Saudi relations in the film and entertainment industry,” said Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Matab.
The producer shared a picture on Instagram while taking full pleasure of the glorious moment of his career. In Instagram post he wrote:
“Premiere in Riyadh – first Pakistani film to be released in Saudia Arabia. #Parchi has given me more than i ever asked for, thank you @lakhani_arif_ca and @hareemfarooq and the entire cast and crew for everything :D,” he wrote.
Released in over 100 cinemas in Pakistan, Parchi is a comedy caper film. Directed by Azfar Jafri and produced by Imran Kazmi and Arif Lakhani under the IRK Films production banner, the film stars Hareem Farooq, Ali Rehman Khan and Shafqat Cheema in lead roles.
Shafqat Khan also wrote film whilst Usman Mukhtar managed the cinematography role and Hareem Farooq also produced the film.
Apart from being one of the first international movies to be screened in the Kingdom, Parchi will also be the first Lollywood movie to be released in France.