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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.


Iram Parveen Bilal


Iram Parveen Bilal, Farah Usman (lead dialogue writer)
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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


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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A beautiful film
25 January 2014 | by abidhussain37See all my reviews

It is the first time in my life that I watched two Pakistani movies within a week. First was Waar and then Josh. Pakistani movies in the past have been mostly disappointing, technically substandard with weak plots and over acting. Things are now definitely looking up.

Watching Josh was a beautiful experience. It is an uplifting story of a middle class professional city woman who made a stand to seek the truth about the death of her nanny. After discovering that she was murdered by a powerful and wealthy landlord of the area, she showed great courage, to seek justice against overwhelming odds, whilst helping the poor who traditionally relied upon the landlord. To seek justice she put herself in harms way.

The acting was superb with Aamina Sheikh giving a very powerful emotional and gripping performance and she was excellently supported by the whole cast. The camera work cinematography and background music was awesome. Kudos to Iram Bilal for directing such a beautiful film.

As a British Pakistani I am amazed at the quality of the films that I have seen recently and I am hopeful and pray that this trend continues. Josh was not mind numbing superficial look good feel good film with lots of songs and dances interspersed but rather gritty evocative and thoughtful with a powerful message. The message was truly uplifting, a confident educated bright women taking a stand a stand for justice in a male dominated society and succeeding against the odds.

I was disappointed that the theatre was half full for this wonderful film and that it should have received a lot more publicity than it did. It only has two shows in the weekend in selected cinemas in the UK which clearly is not enough!

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9 August 2013 (Pakistan) See more »

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Karachi, Pakistan

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