Karachi: Ye To Jagah Hi Bay-sharmo Kay Liye Bani Hai

We dont waste our hatred on just anyone.
Ye to jagah hi bay-sharmo kay liye bani hai.
Everything is available in Karachi, you name it, we will find it.
The only things you cant find are parking & Osama.

Love it Love it Love it. Awesome!

The finest piece of video that I have ever seen about Karachi in my entire life. Love the music in the teaser. It is a film made by Saqib Mausoof which will supposedly be released in the fall of 2007. The Story as described on the official website goes like:

The title, Kala Pul, derives from a bridge in Karachi which connects the affluent parts of the city to the lower income areas. The protagonist grew up under the shadows of the Kala Pul, caught between the haves and have-nots – a world of MTV inspired ‘burgers’ (westernized youth) and the other of the left behind fodder for the Kalashnikov culture.
Kala Pul is not for the faint hearted. It molds its concerns around universal social factions found in any harsh city, like Rio de Janeiro, Bombay or Los Angeles. It brings together the problems of expatriates, artists, militants and religious minorities. The plot then lunges the cast into a geo-political thrill ride, while weaving an account of the protagonist chasing his brother’s killer.

Sounds interesting. Cant wait to see it. I am so sick of watching below standard productions on local tv channels. This one certainly looks & sounds promising. And what makes it a lot more special is that it’s about Karachi.

Kal Pul does devide the two segments of Karachi in a way but I dont think its 100 percent true. I believe the poshest area to live is KDA. I like some blocks in North Nazimmabad better. I liked this comment by one of the readers at KMB which I somewhat agree with that Clifton/Defence has a big proportion of people who are New Daulattyas. But its not always true.

Anyways, I have found some excellent people all over the city. Gulshan, Defence, KDA, Korangi, Malir, North Nazimabad.. etc and the same is true for the wicked type. So we cannot associate areas with the type of people living there.

Reviews: “… puts a human face on what is inferred by press coverage of Pakistan today”
Carla Blank Bay Area Director and Dramaturg

“A fabulous underworld tour of history, politics and powerful characters, Kala Pul will tell you more about Karachi than CNN ever could.”
Tania Ahmad, Anthropology, Stanford University

“Kala Pul dives into the conflicting psyche of an expatriate who rediscovers Karachi by swimming through the ultramodern and neo-fundamentalist idiosyncrasies in post 911 Pakistan.”
M.M. Adamson, PhD Neuroscience, Stanford University

Guys, I am sure this film will be a good experience. I am not associated with the director/producer of the film but I would strongly recommend you guys to support this film whenever it is released.

And the title is just a dialogue from the film and has nothing to do with how I feel about the city. The city has been great to me .. love it to the core.

Jiye Karachi

27 Comments so far

  1. ash (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 2:18 am

    thanks sufi i can hardly wait. I always thought it was clifton bridge not kala pul that was the ‘border” but kala pul sounds a lot better

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 2:23 am

    great! loved the trailor! will be on the lookout when its released. Please do remind us when it is..

    it does sound pretty promising

  3. Sufi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 2:49 am

    Definately will, whenever I hear of the release.

  4. Mubashir (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 3:22 am

    I think they already have made a movie like that about Karachi few years ago which was shown in Sundance film festival.
    I have not seen the movie myself because I could not find it anywhere; it was called something like across the bridge or something like that.
    Well can’t wait to see the actual movie.

  5. Mona (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 3:47 am

    Let us know when it is released. Wonder if we can get it here in Australia – but I guess should always be able to download :$.

  6. Kashif (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 8:36 am

    Sin City

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 9:08 am

    I hope you are not claiming that such issues re with Karachi only?

    Anyway,the movie sounds Intresting and would like to watch it.

  8. SWA (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    Looks intruiging! would be looking fwd to its release. Btw. how did those people review it a year in advance to be able to give their comments??

    Also Correction: even in Latin Urdu, I think the word is NAU DAULATTIYAS, not new daulattiyas. Lets not corrupt urdu while latinizing it.

  9. Karachiite (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 9:14 am

    Who said you can’t find Osama in Karachi. I bet he’s hiding in Sohrab Goth.

  10. Zag (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:06 am

    WTF!! While watching the preview of that movie I saw a photograph of mine used in it WITHOUT my permission!!!!! I mean I wouldn’t have mind it if the director ‘sahib’ wanted to use it, but he should have had the decency of sending an email asking my permission and I would have gladly allowed him.

    Oh and this time he wouldn’t be able to use the old excuse that he took it off the net and didn’t knew who the author was cuz i have my website address on almost all my pics and it was def there on this one as well….

    the pic i am talking about is this one. I wonder what else has been ripped off to make this movie….

  11. Sufi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:31 am

    Swa: Sorry for the mistake. Also, there have been screenings of the film, that is how some people have reviewed it.

    Zag: It doesnt say on the video page that this teaser is made by the production team, it very well might be a third party thing or maybe a dedication by a fan of the film :/ you never know. without jumping to conclusions, you should contact the director through his website.

  12. Adnan (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    Zag, It’s always good to write ‘name’ on images so that others can’t take credit. Both Umar and Doctor do it while they take snaps

  13. SWA (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    @ Sufi: Well the film hasnt even started shooting yet so it wasnt screenings of the film. However, I found out by reading the other reviews, those opinions are based on theatrical performances based on the script of the movie.

  14. naved (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    jus one word……………awesome ..cant wait to watch it and then again jus hope i dont waste 2 hours of my life watching something i have already seen in past movies..

  15. naved (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    can someone please tell me how i can create topics or something…i too want to become da author of karachi blogging…..help

  16. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    cool man.. mumbai underworld style movie..

  17. suh (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    is this releasing in cinemas or on tv

    btw what is the website.

  18. AL KHAN (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    looks like an intersting film – this little clip (whether it has anything to do with the final production or not) does what its meant to do – ie attract attention and publicity towards the film, and i also look forward to seeing it.

    HOWEVER – wouldn’t it have been nice if just for once, just for once – there were less flames, burning, beating, police, guns, rioting, teargas, hatred, death and bullet sound effects?

    Is anyone else with me on this?

  19. zahra (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 6:38 pm


    First impressions: this is gonna be totally AMAZING!!

    on second thought: the karachi i saw in that clip was very different to the city i grew up in and call home.

    Is it a negative portrayal? or do some of us just live a sheltered existence???

  20. Monkey (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    My dad’s part of the movie!! :)

  21. Ramla A. (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

    @ Al Khan:

    I do.

  22. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    saw the screening at the alliance francise couple of weeks back !! the movie is indeed a masterpiece !! has some glitches but they r not really big ones ! :)

  23. Jamash (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    @ Al Khan:
    The film is about the contrast in the lifestyles of Karachi.

    At one end there is blood shed and on the other there is dance, people are smoking dope and consuming liquor and the while officially even drinking is not allowed ..

    It is a view inside Karachi, and yes people do die a lot in this city, some in accidents and some in bomb blasts, the denial will not do justice with the movie.

    The promo is fantastic, and the shooting of this movie has yet to start so I think there will be some time before this movie will be available on shelves.

    BTW why film makers don’t make movies like WAR and Peace (http://www.patwardhan.com/about/index.htm) in Pakistan ? And if they do why I don’t we know of them ?

  24. turab (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 8:48 am


    BRING IT ON!!!

  25. Adnan (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    what if Sarkar like movie is made in Pakistan, who would be a “Sarkar”, Altaf or some Pakistani Army general?

    and Pakistani version of “The Company”?? =)

  26. MB (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    Altaf bhai is sure the best fit. A general is another good option besides any 21 grade officer. They are all same with different killing machines. The extremists cab be fit in any Osamaniac flick.

  27. saqib (unregistered) on November 24th, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    Dear friends,

    Thank you for your kind words. We feel that a movie that it is high time someone makes a movie about Karachi, with all its tears, rains, and nihari stains. We have secured basic financing with a US based production company and are planning to do location scouting in January 2007, with an aim of doing principal shoot in Summer 2007.

    Regarding the calls for plagiarizing photographs, in true internet spirit we did committed a faux paux. We prepared this trailer in a span of one evening for a investors presentation. All the rolling footage is mine or my partner’s, however, we did take photographs off the internet/flicker to enforce the feel of Karachi. Since it was well received, we uploaded it to youtube to to reach out people interested in our project. In all due respect to Zad, that picture is beautiful and we would love to contact you with the hope that you can help us in with our project, which is about the city of Karachi.

    That being said, this is a promotional trailer, just to convey the idea, none of this will be used in the actual production, since we plan to shoot on Super 16mm.


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