‘SHAH’ is now playing in cinemas nationwide – it is based on a true story of legendary Pakistani boxer, Hussain Shah
[Lahore: August 15, 2015]: ‘SHAH’ based on a true story of legendary Pakistani boxer, Hussain Shah is now playing in cinemas nationwide following its grand premiere hosted by Samsung Pakistan at Cinestar Cinema in Lahore on Independence Day.
After the film’s premiere in Karachi, the Blue Carpet of the Lahore premiere of ‘SHAH’ featured a host of stars including leading cast and crew along with prominent names from Pakistan’s film, music and fashion fraternity such as musicians Ali Noor, Junaid Khan and Umar Saud; supermodel Nooray Bhatti, Olympian swimmer Kiran Khan and the inspiration for the film Hussain Shah himself who was thronged by fans and media after the standing ovation at the premiere. The event was managed by the JBnJaws Productions with Public Relations by Amjad Bhatti.
The movie highlights Hussain Shah’s life as a homeless child on the streets of Karachi and how he eventually dominated Asian boxing for nearly a decade. Hussain Shah became the first South Asian to win an Olympic Bronze medal in boxing in 1988. He remains the only Pakistani athlete to win an individual medal at the Olympic Games in more than 50 years. Within a few years after his historic achievement, SHAH was forgotten by the government and media and fell back to a life of abject poverty before vanishing from the public eye completely, joining the ranks of countless forgotten heroes of Pakistan. The film SHAH is a small budget, independent Pakistani film produced by Logos Film & Media, a small team of debutante filmmakers from Lahore with the aim of bringing the incredible story of this Pakistani hero back to its people.
While speaking to press at the premiere the films lead actor Adnan Sarwar said:
“I am extremely pleased that the film SHAH is receiving such an overwhelming response from the people of Pakistan. For the most part, it is due to Hussain Shah finally getting the kind of acknowledgement that he deserves. Seeing people walk out of the cinemas with tears in their eyes gives me hope that the treatment that was meted out to SHAH will never be repeated again.”
Samsung Pakistan’s MD, Mr. J.H. Lee said on the occasion,
“We are utterly thrilled to be a part of this mega project, as we can foresee that ‘SHAH’ the film, is going to excite the nation and influence countless lives in a positive way. It will instill greater ambitions and passion to overcome life’s demoralizing challenges and emerge as a winner in today’s competitive world. Projects like this are needed to bring positive changes in the nation’s mindset, to help them work hard to realize their true potential and earn respect and honor among the global community.”
For more details, please visit the official SHAH Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SHAHTheFilm
‘SHAH’ – THE FILM
- Adnan Sarwar
- Kiran Chaudhry
- Sardar Baloch
- Miraal Sara
- Adeel Raees
- Ghulab Chandio
THE TEAM BEHIND THE FILM:
- Sonya Ejaz – Art Direction, Styling & Publicity Design
- Omar Daraz & Hassan Zaidi – Cinematography
- Tahir Ali – Editing & Vfx
- Farhan Ali – Production Management
- Adnan Sarwar – Music, Screenplay, Direction Production
- Produced By Logos Film & Media
- Co-Produced By Vibrant Art and Tamasha Inc
- Color Grade: Sharp Image
- Distributed By: ARY Films & Footprint Entertainment
- Media Partner: ARY Films
- PR: Walnut Communications
Who is Hussain Shah?
Hussain Shah came from a life of abject poverty; he was a homeless child sleeping on a footpath in Lyari. His dedication and love for boxing led him to Olympic glory in the ultimate story of a man overcoming his circumstances. He became the only Pakistani in history and the first South Asian to win a bronze medal in Olympics boxing at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. His rise in the boxing world began when he was selected to represent Pakistan in the 1st South Asian Federation games in 1984. Hussain won the first of his 5 consecutive boxing gold medals at the SAF games. His victory at the 13th Asian boxing championship held in Kuwait in 1987 established him as the top middleweight boxer in Asia, and one of the best in the world. Hussain’s life-changing moment came in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics. Martín Amarillas of Mexico, Musungay “Serge” Kabongo of Congo and Zoltán Füzesy of Hungary were all defeated by Hussain. The semi-final bout did not see him take the gold that he had hoped for, but it helped put boxing on the map in Pakistan and put up the country as a contender on the world stage. His bronze medal and welterweight wrestler Mohammad Bashir’s bronze at Rome 1960 to date remain the only individual medals Pakistan has won at the Olympics. In 1989, he was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third highest honour and civilian award in the state of Pakistan. It recognizes individuals who have made an “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of Pakistan, world peace, cultural or other significant public endeavors.” He also went on to win the President’s Cup Boxing Tournament held in Jakarta in 1996 and the 13th Avian Boxing Championships in 1997. Hussain Shah received a warm welcome upon his return to the country after fulfilling his “personal ambition” but his popularity waned as the country went on to forget him – a hero lost in history!