Imran Malik is a film writer and director, with two successful short films under his belt, a music video to boot, and a 70-minute documentary feature (to be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and other international film festivals in the near future).
Imran's aspirations are supported by a life-long passion for the parallel cinema, and training at the New York Film Academy and the National College of Arts. He is a self-proclaimed leftist and an active member of the Socialist Revolution community in Pakistan.
We interviewed Imran because we see his combination of perspective and creative talent bringing us some very interesting movies in the future.
Here's what Imran has to say about himself and in general about film making in Pakistan.
Letís start with your film direction career; what inspired this interest and what kind of films are you most interested in making?
I am a born film maker; since my childhood I have made different efforts at making films. During my summer vacations in my childhood I used to gather my friends at my place and start shooting different scenes, without using a video camera but by using a still camera lens. My big inspiration for films is Indian parallel cinema. Satyajit Ray and Shayam Benegal are big inspirations for me. Parallel cinema is my 1st choice, as by heart I am a leftist and see life at the core. Parallel cinema for me is non-commercial, painting true stories, showing grey shades of characters and themes: the Satyajit Ray School of thought