Women in Pants
7 July 2008
The success of Pashto cinema seems to be credited to its largely non-Pashtun subject matter, including women in pants
On an overcast Saturday in Peshawar, garish film billboards featuring fierce heroes brandishing guns, look strangely subdued in the face of a gathering storm. There is certainly a different kind of buzz at the Arshad Cinema in the heart of the city. A throng of fans, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Pashto film heartthrob Shahid Khan, who is expected to make an appearance at the premiere of his film, wait outside. All eyes look up at the theatre building in anticipation. A star-struck Karimullah, who comes from Ummar Payyan in the city’s suburbs, gushes about the star whose film is currently playing: “He is the action hero with a lot of dabab [presence]!” While the real Shahid Khan remains elusive, much to the disappointment of his sweating fans, his reel persona looks down from the brash billboards above…
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