Rochdale News | News Headlines | Success on the red carpet for the latest film from Kashmiri Productions UK

Date published: July 17, 2022

The red carpet premiere of local film company Kashmiri Productions UK’s latest film ‘England, Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir’ was a resounding success.

The film – which aims to change people’s ‘negative’ perceptions of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir – sees a Rochdale man take a journey to the homeland of his ancestors to show the world his identity, his language, his culture, its people, its places, the vibrations and a touch of Islam.

Shot with iPhone and Samsung, the 45-minute production features music from international singers such as Bonafide (Maz & Ziggy), Asif K, Sabir Mirza, Tabish Iqbal, Zafi Allah Loak and Hassan Javaid.

The film premiered at the Reel Cinema, Rochdale on Thursday July 7, attended by the Mayor of Rochdale, Consort, Deputy Leader of Council, councillors, cast, crew, VIPs, media, locals and out-of-towners the city.

Saba Andleeb, actor and chairman of Kashmiri Productions UK, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who participated and made this event a great success. It was rewarding to witness our fourth community film project and the audience feedback was fantastic.

“We plan to release the film either on YouTube or on an Asian TV channel; anyway, we’ll keep everyone updated via our Facebook page.

Zafar Iqbal, actor and filmmaker, said: “Before the launch party, I lost sleep for a few days, but the way the project was shaping up and the high demand for the premiere and dinner tickets, I was excited but when I witnessed a full house I was relieved and felt blessed.

“I want to thank Reel Cinema, sponsors, KPUK, cast, crew, singers, volunteers and audience for making this event a success story. I would also like to thank members of the public who traveled from Birmingham, Manchester, Oldham, Bradford, Leeds, Dewsbury, Sheffield and Peterborough.

Councilor Ali Ahmed, Mayor of Rochdale said: “Wherever you are from we must not forget our roots and that is what brother Zafar Iqbal has tried to convey through this project.

“Zafar and KPUK always do great community projects and I appreciate and support them for what they do for the locals.”

Councilor Daalat Ali, Deputy Head of the Council and Pahari Writer, said: “It is great to see a full house supporting local talent and I admire that Zafar who I have known for a very long time, despite the fact that he lives here most of the time. his life but still has a duty to take care of his native language and culture and that’s why he promotes them through amazing projects like these.

Councilor Shakil Ahmed said: “When Zafar and Saba told me they were planning to release this amazing community film which promotes our culture and our language, firstly I was excited and secondly I said I’m here for you guys. KPUK always produces and delivers community projects and that’s why I always support them in their endeavors.

Councilor Amber Nisa said: “It’s a beautiful film and a good atmosphere among the guests and my daughter enjoyed the evening as well. I wish everyone involved all the best for the next stage of this project and future endeavours.

Marjorie N. McClure