The Mud House and the Golden Doll
by: Maria Ishaq Khan
I really am optimistic that the days are going when our movies would have a “hero” with a huge moustache, a “heroine” old enough to be his mother, songs on which they would dance with trees, an old “mom” who would have spent her life sewing clothes so that her child could get “matric-pass” and a “villain”, (in most cases the heroine’s father) who would only try to come in between the two love birds!
In bidding farewell to this time, the youth of Pakistan has actively started playing their role. One example of this awareness and the willingness to do something is a movie very different from all the movies you or I may have seen. It’s about a child who befriends a man, shunned from the society as being mad. It’s about our society which treats girls as young women who would someday bear children and fulfil the duties to their husband. It’s about a man who is trapped in his childhood and has nobody to help him with his traumas. An accidental friendship between the young Sonya and Pasha raises many concerns and questions by the villagers, but these two are oblivious to the stereotypes that exist. It is the meaningful story of “The Mud House and the Golden Girl” who are bringing such a different perspective to us and making us understand life and revisit the values on which any society should stand.
The reason behind the movie is Hamza Abbasi, a veteran theatre actor who started in 2006 with Shah Sharabeel’s “Daily in the Dark” in Islamabad. The then aspiring actor has acted in various theatrical productions with memorable roles like "The Phantom" in The Phantom of the Opera (Islamabad 2008) , "Scar" in The Lion King (Islamabad, 2008), "Christian" in Moulin Rouge (Karachi, 2010) and "Vikram" in Bombay Dreams (Karachi, 2011). He is also acting in two commercial feature films, namely, Hassan W Rana and Bilal Lashari's "WAAR" and Shamoon Abbasi's "GIDH" releasing at the end of this year. Hamza has now moved to the big screen with his directorial debut in his feature film "Mudhouse and The Golden Doll”, releasing in June 2011, he shows determination to bring the much needed positive change to the Pakistani cinema.
We wish Hamza all the best for his venture and sincerely hope that more new faces like him join hands to play their role in influencing and restructuring the social norms that define us.