Dir. Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur
Status: In Production
Can a film carry a film industry to its zenith and cause its downfall as well?
The Restless Ghost of Maula Jutt attempts to unlock this paradox.
Maula Jutt; A Punjabi film released in 1979 ran for 216 weeks continuously until the Martial Law authorities took it down. They were too late. The story of rural Pakistan where the hero Maula Jutt delivers justice to the doorstep of the poor had already become the stuff of legends. The Restless Ghost of Maula Jutt will explore how Lollywood, the Lahore based Pakistan film industry, succumbed to the unprecedented success of this film. On the one hand Maula Jutt unleashed a juggernaut of over 1,000 second rate copies, providing livelihood to scores of extras and technicians, on the other it managed to wipe out professional filmmaking from the face of the industry, elbowing out educated directors, writers and audiences.
The film will relocate the makers and making of Maula Jutt in the backdrop of Lollywood today; an industry which released a total of 12 films in 2010. As the echoing studios of Lahore clutch on for dear life, the vacant eyes of stuntmen and make up artists foretell the knowledge of their imminent demise. To understand and document the dénouement of this once vibrant film industry, the ghost of Maula Jutt needs to be invoked.