The Donkey King: An animated film should not be used for political mileage. The first ever Pakistani animated comedy film ‘The Donkey King’ is set to release theatres across Pakistan on October 13.
The Donkey King: An animated film should not be used for political mileage
Before its countrywide release, selected cinemas managed to get a preview today. Amid much anticipation for the movie which is already beginning to win hearts and minds of the young as well as the young at heart.
The animated film has been directed by Aziz Jindani and the 50-second-long trailer shows that the story revolves around a donkey named Mangu Mangu Jan Mangu who dreams big despite his surroundings.
Speaking about his film, Jindani says, “The Donkey King is an attempt to redefine the animation film genre in Pakistan. It will transcend the category by appealing to children and the child within every adult. The strongest point of The Donkey King is its unique, locally relevant storyline, tongue & cheek dialogues and characters that are built to last. The content speaks to the kids but consistently winks at the adult which will make it a worthwhile watch for all age groups.”
A special preview was arranged for Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry as well as Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, who were both all praise for the film.
Speaking to media after watching the show, Chaudhry said it would encourage other filmmakers to come forward with animated movies. The movie had good content that would attract children, he added.
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Artists including Adnan Siddiqui, Fakhir, Ali Khan and cricketer Younis Khan are among the celebrities singing praises of ‘The Donkey King’ and looking forward to watching the film.
Children, especially, are looking forward to Mangu, the lovable donkey who is the hero of the film.
Some controversy, however, has brewed up around the film, as it is being used by political forces against each other. Geo Films has written to the leader of the opposition requesting not to use posters, handouts, digital images, videos, and dubbing which constitutes a clear infringement of the film’s copyrights.
In its letter, Geo has written that, “Children are non-political and using an animation film for political mileage is sending a wrong message. We always uphold the right to protest as well as free speech but kindly refrain from using characters/images/clips/sound/songs that are not your copyright, failing which we reserve the right to file official complaint against you with any competent authority and/or the courts of Pakistan.”
The Donkey King is scheduled to release on October 13.