Remaking or adaptation of Manto’s short story is very difficult. Not many filmmakers even try to go near something that has been done by the great Manto before. They know it’s risky and it’s like playing with fire because Manto was amazing in every aspect of his short stories. It is not an easy task to recreate and bring a classical short story to life.
Here comes Ammar Shahid, a 23-year-old student from Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Lahore who thought to come up with something amazing for his final year thesis. What can be more amazing than the adaptation of Manto’s short story “Badshahat Ka Khatma.”
It was not an easy task but Ammar had that passion to pull a great when it comes to his final year project. Knowing the fact that even the great Manto said this way back that it is difficult to visualize or dramatize this short story.
Ammar who is a big fan of Manto and his work took it as a great learning experience to do something that was impossible to do. It took him five months to do extensive research on the play. Ammar wanted to adopt every single thing. He wanted to touch the depth of the short story to make a masterpiece.
After a good amount of research, the young lad installed the set of the film at his home and used old and rejected props to give a good look to the film. It took him 15 days to shoot the movie.
And finally, Ammar pulled it off in style. The young filmmaker said that his mother was the inspiration behind this. She supported him in every step of life and when he decided to make this short film his mother gave him all her support. Ammar believes that the effort of his lead actor, Ammar Shahid brightens the movie. He also wants to thank Waqas Ahmed for his support and help throughout the research and shooting.
You can see Ammar’s masterpiece on 18th and 19th October 2017 at BNU’s annual thesis display.
We wish Ammar very good luck for his future. The Pakistani film industry is on revival mode and surely we need filmmakers like Ammar to take the film industry to the higher level.