Bilal Abbas Khan will be playing the lead role in a patriotic telefilm ‘Laal’ that is set to release on March 23, a local TV channel reports. The film will show Khan playing the role of a Navy officer. ‘Laal’ has been written by Umera Ahmed and is directed by Haseeb Hassan. While talking about his role, Khan said, “I don’t want to keep doing similar characters and with each project test myself as an actor.“‘Laal’ is a completely new experience and the character I am playing, Behram, is a sophisticated, patriotic guy with a dream to serve in the navy and will do anything for his country. He becomes a naval officer,” he said, adding that the telefilm has a powerful message. “I’m very excited to play this role because it’s a tribute to the Pakistan Navy, and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of what we’re trying to make here,” the actor stated.Along with Khan, Laal’s cast also includes, Kubra Khan, Adnan Jaffar, Gohar Rasheed, Saleem Meraj and Rashid Naz. ‘I’m very excited to play this role because it’s a tribute to the Pakistan Navy and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of what we’re trying to make here,’ Khan statedIn a very short acting career, Khan has delivered back to back blockbusters, including ‘O Rangreza’, ‘Balaa’ and the current on air sensation, ‘Cheekh’.‘Laal’, although new territory for the versatile actor, is a more familiar genre for its director Hassan, whose 2018 release, ‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’ was also seen as a patriotic aerial combat-war film. The film was a tribute to the Pakistan Air Force and featured an ensemble cast of Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahad Raza Mir, Hania Amir, Kubra Khan, Alamdar Khan, Marina Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Adnan Jaffar, Shaz Khan, Shafaat Ali, and Mustafa Changazi in pivotal roles. The film opened to a good response on the first day of its release and managed to collect Rs 1.79 crore despite massive clash at the local box office. The film also collected Rs 34 lac Internationally, taking its first day total collection to Rs 2.132 crores.Despite commercial success ‘PHJ’ got a mixed response from film critics for having major problems script-wise. However, the film was praised for strong aesthetics and some memorable acting performances.Published in Daily Times, February 8th 2019.