A packed theater hall in the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh witnessed the screening of the first ever Pakistani movie in the Saudi Kingdom. Parchi holds the credit of being one of the first international films to be screened in the country after the recent lifting the ban on cinemas after 35 years, according to the Saudi Gazette.
Over 2,000 people were in attendance and the screening had six consecutive shows. The producer of the movie Imran Raza Kazmi also flew to Riyadh for the premiere which he attended with the Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Matab Bin Thenayan Bin Mohammed.
The Prince said, “It’s a great initiative in accordance with the Saudi Vision 2030 and we assure our full support to strengthen Pak-Saudi relations in the film and entertainment industry.”
Pakistani Deputy Head of Mission Dr Bilal Ahmed who was also present spoke about the ever-growing Pakistani film industry. He said, “The Pakistani film industry is on a revival mode and a series of good films are the result of this renaissance. Parchi is a great example of it. Saudi Arabia is a potential market for Pakistani films and we pledge our support to promote every initiative that can bring up the soft image of Pakistan.”
Kazmi said that he was very happy with Parchi being the first Pakistani film to be officially screened in Saudi Arabia. “The experience of screening our film in Saudi Arabia has been wonderful and the response we have received from the people here is incredible.”
Have you had a chance to watch Parchi yet?