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Written by Usman Ghafoor |
Published: February 15, 2018 12:55 am


A scene from Arth — The Destination

For the Urdu-speaking audience in Pakistan, Arth – The Destination is decidedly a unique yet strange title, for its Sanskrit and English blend. But, for a generation that grew up on Bollywood of the 1980s, it rings a bell. The Pakistani film is an adaptation of Indian director Mahesh Bhatt’s semi-autobiographical movie, Arth (1982), about a failed filmmaker who cheats on his wife with a starlet, who is obsessed with him. The film boasted of stellar performances by Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. There was another important character in the film — a small-time club singer— played by Raj Kiran. The Pakistani version builds the narrative around him.

Director Shaan Shahid, who scripted the remake and acts in it,…

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