Saqib Malik’s directorial debut, Baaji, has been turning heads all over social media, and for all the right reasons. After all, it features the return of Meera on the big screen, after a prolonged period of time, and the poster reveal has created quite a stir amidst the masses.
Moreover, the film also features some prominent figures from the industry, like Amna Ilyas, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Osman Khalid Butt, Ali Kazmi, Nisho, and Nayyer Ejaz. The plot is supposed to revolve around the glitz and glamour of Lollywood, and might feature a small-town girl in search of her dreams.
Soon after the launch of the first look, celebrities took to social media to share their heart-warming wishes for the actresses in question, and for the film itself.
My best wishes to the very humble and hard working Saqib Malik for his debut feature film #Baaji staring Meera, Amna ilyas, Osman Khaled Butt, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Ali Kazmi and Nayyar Ijaz releasing on 28th June by #ARYFilms. pic.twitter.com/u07pF8DBzy
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 6, 2019
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) March 6, 2019
— manshapasha (@manshapasha) March 7, 2019
However, one wish that really stood out from the rest for Adnan Malik’s. The actor took to Instagram to pen down a lengthy caption, starting off with how his brother, the director, has been a film fanatic for as long as he could remember.
“Ever since I can remember I’ve heard stories of how in his teenage years, my brother Saqib Malik used to take a public bus from Islamabad to Pindi to go see the latest film posters. I also remember how he would fervently read ‘Nigar’ every week, and then doodle sketches of famous film actresses on its corners,” he wrote.
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My brother the (film) fanatic. Ever since I can remember I’ve heard stories of how in his teenage years, my brother @saqibmalik33 used to take a public bus from Islamabad to Pindi to go see the latest film posters. I also remember how he would fervently read ‘Nigar’ every week, and then doodle sketches of famous film actresses on its corners. When I got a little older, he took me to watch my first Pakistani film, Ms. Singapore at Melody Cinema in Islamabad. Being a bit of a burger kid from a very different generation than him, I was mesmerised by what I saw. This world of Pakistani cinema- salt of the earth actors and buxom, bold actresses- was alien to me, but was a refuge for him. Years later when I was in college, I saw ‘Khamaj’ and was blown away with the craftsmanship and skill of what he had made. Saqib’s love for the industry of yore was palpable. And when I returned to Pakistan, he was one of the first people I interviewed for my feature length documentary on Pakistani cinema, because for me he has always embodied ‘Pakistani cinema’. No one I know has a greater knowledge of the history of our films and no one I know cares as much as he does. He’s a veritable encyclopaedia! And so when he went about making #Baaji, I was thrilled that he was making something that is so quintessentially him: A film about the film industry. I’m so proud of you, brother! (And always tickled by your unique perspective on things) You’ve finally done what you’ve always wanted to do: right place, right time, right project! Can’t wait to experience the magic that you and your worthy team have created! ✨#baajithefilm #pakistanicinema #saqibmalik #aryfilms
He also went on to reveal how mesmerized he was with everything his brother showed him, which includes films like Ms. Singapore, and later his music video, Khamaj. Further appreciating Malik’s skills, the actor called him a “veritable encyclopaedia” of the Pakistani cinema.
Ending the caption with the mention of Baaji, the actor shared some sweet wishes and expressed how proud he was of the whole venture. “I’m so proud of you, brother! You’ve finally done what you’ve always wanted to do: right place, right time, right project!” he wrote.
“Can’t wait to experience the magic that you and your worthy team have created!” he added.
This wholesome exchange has left us eagerly waiting for the film to drop. Or at least, a trailer for everyone to feast their eyes on till the big picture releases.