by Kaukab Jahan
Animated Pakistani film The Donkey King released on Friday, generating a lot of hype among the masses, especially in the younger section of the society. The film opened to a positive response as people flocked to cinema halls to catch a genre which is less easily available in the country.
Directed by animated commercial filmmaker Aziz Jindani, with some scenes helmed by Ahsan Rahim, the film has an interesting star cast which includes the likes of Afzal Khan, Shabbir Jan, Sarmad Khoosat, Hina Dilpazeer, Jawed Sheikh, Ghulam Mohyuddin, Irfan Khoosat, Ismail Tara, Adeel Hashmi, Irfan Malik, Faisal Qureshi, Ahsan Rahim and Shafaat Ali.
In this conversation with Pakistan Today, the two leading characters of the film, Afzal Khan and Ghulam Mohyuddin, give us some hints about their roles in the film and how they feel about working in this genre.
Tell us about a little about your character in the film?
Well, I am the ‘Donkey King.’ My name is Mangu and my character is a donkey from the jungle who works as a cleaner or janitor but one day accidentally becomes the king. On what happens next, you will have to see in the cinema.
Where did you get your inspiration from for the character?
Actually from myself. ‘Mangu’ has been inspired from my debut role, ‘John Rambo’ in a PTV play Guest House which aired in early 1990s. The animated character of donkey is even wearing the same clothes (a black t-shirt and orange trousers) that John Rambo usually wore. And as one must have noted in the trailer, Mangu is calling himself ‘John Mangu’.
How difficult was it to act without seeing your character?
I’ve done almost 150 films and the practice of dubbing has helped me a lot in this film. In animated films, we dub the voice first by seeing some sketches or details of our characters. The scenes and actions are created later according to the voice over.
How long did it take for you to be the Donkey King?
It took about a year and a half to complete this film. In beginning, the director Aziz Jindani wanted to make a film for children as there was very little work being done in this sector in the country. But as we worked along, the film developed into something that could be enjoyed by adults as well. The Donkey King will attract every age group.
What character are you playing in the film?
I am the king (lion) of jungle. Which is an important character after the donkey king. Actually, I am the one against who the donkey becomes a king. The script is very interesting has many surprises in store for the audiences.
How was your experience of doing an animated role?
As per the procedure of animated films, you first record the voice and then create images. My experience of working in the radio helped me a lot in the film, where the character is only written on paper and you have to play it with your voice. Moreso, this is my second animated film.
Watch the trailer below:
In conversation with Sadaf M Khan
We spoke to the super talented Sadaf M Khan of Boulevard One about her amazing events, client stories and the key to hosting the perfect event:
When and why did you decide to start Boulevard One?
Boulevard One startrd in 2012 and introduced the latest fashion trends from South Asia to an international platform like dubai.
What is Boulevard One’s mantra?
To conceptualize and execute a fabulous shopping experience under one roof
What makes Boulevard One standout amongst others?
Our selection of designers and our personalized presence at our events to assist all shoppers and exhibitors.
Describe yourself in three words.
SMK. Helpful, honest and caring. At least I like to think so.
How do you deal with competition?
Keep our focus on maintaining highest standards of our brand Boulevard One instead of fearing competition.
Any horror client stories?
There all kinds of people we deal with, phew! It takes a lot to handle so many attitudes!
It truly is shocking to see how some clients can be!! haha
Something different you are planning to do this year?
Yes we have many projects in hand…stay tuned!
When hosting events or setting up for an event, what’s the key to a perfect event?
Concept, coordination and cooperation.
One film role you think you could have played better or you think you can relate to.
Autumn in New York
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