“We had officially not announced any release date but since O21 has seen its share of limelight recently, rumors began to spread,” said the film’s producer Azaan Sami Khan. “We stayed quiet until we were officially clear from our labs and post-production supervisors that the date is deliverable. Therefore Eid-ul-Azha is the only official date committed by us.”
He also shared that the highly anticipated spy-thriller may also see a release in India.
The film is set to release exactly a year after the release of Pakistani action-drama Waar, which broke records for the Pakistani film industry last year.
Lollywood’s first Spy-Action Thriller Operation 021 a.k.a The Extortionist is the product of innovative producers, a mother-son duo Zeba Bakhtiar and Azan Sami Khan. The film is produced by One Motion Pictures, directed by Australian film-maker and an international award winning writer Summer Nicks. Starring Shaan Shahid, Aaminah Sheikh, Shamoon Abbasi and Iman Ali and Ayub Khoso. Whereas, music is composed by Jamshed Mehmood Ansari aka Jami, and no one could be the best choice as a singer than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Filmed mostly in the remote rural areas of Pakistan, Operation 021 is scripted to address the political events in Pakistan and bring awareness to the Pakistani audience.
The story is based on real life events including bombing of NATO tanks in Afghanistan. All the latest technology and gadgets are used to make the film an international level Spy-Action Thriller of Pakistan. The idea of this movie is to give a new genre to Pakistani cinema that has not been experimented seriously.
The movie has been the center of attention for the Pakistani cinema lovers who after Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, Zinda Bhag and Waar have started believing in the Pakistani Film Makers.
Zeba Bakhtiar strongly believes in promoting new talent. “We have to move beyond the idea that this is a glamorous profession. We need serious film-makers who are willing to support so that the new generation of film-makers can come to the fore” says Bakhtiar.
It is the first Pakistani film to be released in 22 countries simultaneously including the United States, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.