For years now, the film industry has been a hotbed of controversies and allegations inasmuch as its quality status quo is concerned. Veterans of this industry do not hesitate to claim that Pakistani films today are not upto a certain balanced level of quality as they were in yesteryears. They claim that the cinema business suffered a major setback during the dictatorship era, from which it has never really recovered.
Another year has rolled by. In quantitative terms out of the total of 42 films released to date this year, a mere four have been classified as box-office hits. A 10% success rate for a market the size of ours, with a grand total of 400 cinemas, is good enough, claim some in the business. "I think that the present success ratio is quite good, given the size of our small market," commented producer Shahzad Gul on the industry's performance this year.