Director: Harune Massey Starring: Amna Ilyas, Fawad Khan, Gohar Rasheed Run time: 93 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A Language: Urdu with English Subtitles | Year: 2016 | Country: Pakistan
The Godfather meets Romeo and Juliet in this cleverly spun gangster romance. Amongst the pulsating cityscape of Karachi, Pakistan, a young man brought up to a life of underworld vice and killings attends the wedding of a rival gangster clan. Here he falls for the proud daughter of a rival Don. Their forbidden dangerous liaisons soon escalate to an obsessive love intensified by the ever-present risk of death. The film is also an intimate portrait of a city where ethnic and class divisions simmer amidst turf wars.
Harune Massey is based in New York and Lahore and has been working in the film and advertising industries in New York. He has worked as Assistant Director in leading films from Pakistan such as Good Morning Karachi by Sabiha Sumar and Zinda Bhaag by Matteela Films. Gardaab is Harune's first feature film as director.