Pakistani Indie Films That Honestly Deserve More Recognition

By Shanzeh Jalali | 25 May, 2022

Watching films on the big screen is truly an unexplainable experience.


Pakistani movies have changed drastically over the years. As time moves on, our cinema keeps getting better and better. Getting to a point where we create authentic, original, and genuine content has become a top priority for production houses and everyone is here to see it. 


Pakistani cinematography is being recognized in international film festivals such as The Cannes

Pakistani movies are being watched and enjoyed worldwide. Our international audience overseas Pakistanis, and cinephiles can’t help but admire the magic we create.


Here are some indie movies that deserve more recognition in the industry. 


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Directed by Asim Abbasi, this movie was a rollercoaster ride. Abbasi portrayed family dynamics, love between siblings, and how the blood will never leave you alone no matter what the circumstances are. 


Khuda Ke Liye

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An indie film by Shoaib Mansoor. With Shan and Fawad Khan as the lead actors, this film is based on society and challenges its norms.

The more we hear people say ‘log kya kahain gay?’ It was about time people started to talk about this phrase. 




The infamous director Sarmad Khoosat created an art piece in honor of Saadat Hassan Manto. As known, Manto faced quite some challenges in his day. His uncensored views on things faced criticism from many. 


Zindagi Tamasha

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Sarmad Khoosat outdid himself in this film. Starring Eman Suleman, Samiya Mumtaz, and Ali Kureshi, the movie is based on how society tackles culture and indecency. Zindagi Tamasha was unfortunately banned in Pakistan even though it was a hit in international cinemas. 


Let us know your favorite Pakistani movies down below!

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