23rd Aug, 2021 – The International Cinema scene is dominated by Europe, Hong Kong and Bollywood Theater for the most part, but once a while gems like ‘Parasite’ come along that remind the world that other nations can produce world class content. The release of Carma’s teaser (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUR4JgbS-1A) gives us a taste of the evolution in Pakistani cinema and film-making. Set in modern-day Karachi where life is fast and furious, Carma branches away from the romantic comedy genre that seems to dominate the Pakistani film scene, and follows the path set by iconic Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino.
Produced and Directed by renowned Musician, Music Producer and Director Kashan Admani (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashan_Admani), Carma shows us how he has seamlessly translated a gripping screenplay in to riveting audio-visual storytelling. It may be Kashan’s first foray in to film direction, but he has done a brilliant job, exhibiting the directorial vision and intelligence of an accomplished professional. Complementing this with a self-composed enthralling score and beguiling tracks performed by renowned and emerging musicians, Kashan has also injected the film with music that invokes the audience’s emotions behind the film’s theme and feel. Cinematographer Farhan Golden, too, must be congratulated for adding a Hollywood feel to the film, perfectly defining light and space to create compelling scenes.
Co-Produced and Written by the gifted Fawad Hai, Carma is a no holds barred, in-your-face neonoir crime thriller, featuring twists and turns that appear Hollywood-like. The movie title is a play on the word ‘Karma’ as it has a unique screenplay shot entirely in and around Cars. It touches on sensitive topics in society including child labor, adultery, women empowerment, pedophilia, betrayal and greed while maintaining an enthralling revenge thriller feel. The story may seem to revolve around a young professional abducted by gangsters and taken for a ride, but there is much more than meets the eye in this non-linear story. The seemingly straight-forward kidnapping turns out to be an intricate tale of deception, vengeance and retribution.
Carma boasts a star-studded cast headlined by the evergreen superstar Adnan Siddiqui. Adnan was last seen in Hollywood playing the role of Dost Ilyani in the Angelina Jolie Drama thriller ‘A Mighty Heart’. Along with the seasoned Khaled Anam and Arjumand Rahim, Carma also features a blend of younger dynamic actors; be it Osama Tahir and Navin Waqar as the dazzling young couple with cryptic agendas up their sleeve; British singer and actor Lili Caseley as the protagonist’s love interest; Paras Masroor, Umer Alam and Vajdaan Shah shining as dangerous gang members; or Zhalay Sarhadi excelling as the crime boss of a gang that specializes in kidnapping, extortion and torture.
The vibrant Kashan Admani feels that his movie would be best suited for cinema because of the way it has been visualized and executed. “I was always intrigued by the numerous stories of Car snatchings and abductions in Karachi, and wanted to highlight this in a feature. Through Carma, my collaborator Fawad and I managed to fictionalize this concept and carve it in to a film that breaks away from the run-of-the-mill themes and helps our industry move towards a direction we believe is right. I am grateful to all my cast and crew members for giving their 110% and hope to see the film in a cinema soon.”
The credits for Carma are as follows:
Director: Kashan Admani
Writer: Fawad Hai
Producers: Kashan Admani & Fawad Hai
Director of Photography: Farhan Golden
Music & Background score: Kashan Admani
Line Producer: Irfan Hussain
Editor: Zaid Shah
VFX: Owais Alam
Color Grading: Rebecca Goodeve
Post Production: Dream Station Productions
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