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Josh (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 9 August 2013 (Pakistan)
Fatima, a teacher living her elite life in Karachi, shattered, when her nanny Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Fatima travels to investigate her disappearance and finds a dangerous truth about Nusrat and her village.

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Iram Parveen Bilal

Writers:

Iram Parveen Bilal, Farah Usman (lead dialogue writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aamina Sheikh ... Fatima
Khalid Malik Khalid Malik ... Adil
Mohib Mirza Mohib Mirza ... Uzair
Navin Waqar Navin Waqar ... Ayla
Faizan Haqquee Faizan Haqquee ... Zeeshan
Khalid Ahmed Khalid Ahmed ... Khawaja (as Khalid Ahmad)
Adnan Shah Adnan Shah ... Gulsher (as Adnan Shah Tipu)
Saleem Mairaj Saleem Mairaj ... Master Khalid
Parveen Akber Parveen Akber ... Parveen
Nyla Jafri Nyla Jafri ... Nusrat Bi
Ali Rizvi Ali Rizvi ... Ahmed
Kaiser Khan Nizamani Kaiser Khan Nizamani ... Khan
Abdullah Khan Abdullah Khan ... Shera
Saifullah Sohail Saifullah Sohail ... Shakeel
Haider Salim Haider Salim ... Shan
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Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, has her life shattered when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudals in Nusrat's village, Fatima travels there to investigate. Will the trials and tribulations deter Fatima's resolve? Will the quest challenge an already complicated romantic relationship? Josh: Against the Grain Is the story of Fatima's search for a dangerous truth in Nusrat's feudal village. It is the story of the biggest challenge to Pakistan's still reigning feudalism: the country's youth. Written by Anonymous

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Independence through Unity.


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Language:

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Release Date:

9 August 2013 (Pakistan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Karachi, Pakistan

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A small-scale art movie that is beautifully directed by Iram Bilal.
19 January 2015 | by ad_upcloseSee all my reviews

Josh is a small-scale art movie that is beautifully directed by Iram Parveen Bilal. I am proud of the fact that the film's director is a woman and also features a strong female lead; a very good performance from Aamina Sheikh.

Iram shows great maturity in handling the transitional scenes, edits and general framing of the shots. The film is under two hours and feels just as compact with an impactful story. The feudal system is the crux of the narrative and while it's not greatly dissected, the message is concise and effective.

There has been a lot of talk about the revival of Pakistani cinema with the likes of Waar taking the box-office by storm. But it is the smaller and more poignant films like Josh that I would rather get behind and recommend for its beautiful execution.


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