The film was released nationwide by Geo films on August 14, 2015 (Pakistan Independence Day). It was selected to premiere at 20th Busan International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Pakistani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.
Recently widowed, Wahidullah Khan (Hameed Sheikh) is a troubled station-master at the Khost railway station on the fractured Bostan-Zhob tracks. The station, his sole source of income, has been reduced to a pitiable ruin due to the prevalence of a mafia which has caused several rifts in the Baluchistan railways. Using a combination of incentives and coercion, it acquires the land on which the tracks and stations were situated – and builds commercial and residential developments there. Additionally, it sells the steel, removed from the tracks, for a fortune. Wahid is in a predicament; torn between a verbal agreement to sell the station and tracks under his care to the mafia – including his brother, Zahir (Shabbir Rana), and gang leader, Lalu (Sultan Hussain) – and the last wishes of his deceased wife, Palwasha (Samiya Mumtaz). She vehemently opposed the deal, based on a strong conviction that this land keeps her family rooted.
Meanwhile, Wahid’s son, Ehsaanullah Khan (Shaz Khan), has set out to turn his fortunes in Karachi, Pakistan’s troubled megacity, only with the memory of his mother’s guidance to use time to his advantage. Yet the city, which appeared to be a sweet promise of success from a distance, is more unforgiving than Balochistan’s treacherous landscape; here, time is at no one’s mercy. Frustrated by his circumstances, Ehsaan chooses the more dishonourable trajectory to success, by getting involved in the corrupt, but highly lucrative, business of counterfeit documentation. He continues in the business even after his mother’s passing, and a scandal that almost exposes him in the film’s opening sequences. He is, nonetheless, persistently haunted by his conscience and his mother’s upright values of honour and loyalty to the land.Hameed Sheikh as Wahid
Shaz Khan as Ehsaanullah Khan
Samiya Mumtaz as Palwasha
Abdul Qadir as Baggoo Baba
Shabbir Rana as Zahir
Sultan Hussain as Lalu
Ayaz Samoo as Imtisal
Nayyar Ejaz as Talat
Soniya Hussain as Amber
Eshita Mehboob Syed as Arzo
Joshinder Chaggar as Sarah
Omar as Asghar
Zainullah as Dilawar
Earlier, Shabbir Rana was chosen for lead role in film but was later opted out to give room to Hameed Sheikh who met the physical challenges of the role. Sheikh was selected after Jami was struck by his entry in the film Kandahar Break. For female lead Samiya Mumtaz was asked to do the role. Despite being a comedian in field, Ayaz Samoo was cast for villain's role in film. Abdul Qadir is senior most actor in cast hails from Quetta. On his role in the film he stated "I’m from a people who know how to live in the mountains, but I can't swim. But Jami was able to make me do it. My fellow actors proved that they are no less than any other in the country." Moreover, this will be the first film of Soniya Hussain and can be considered a second film for Eshita Mehboob Syed.
Moor is made at a budget of ₨5 crore (US$470,000). The film was shot in Quetta, Muslim Bagh, Khanozai, Shelabagh, Bostan, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Karachi. Making of Moor began in 2007 at a time when train issues were worse in Pakistan. To write the script, director and crew decided to travel to Balochistan by train. He summoned the conditions as "The 10-11 hour journey took us two days on a train that had no windows, no bathrooms and barely functioning lights. The engine broke down multiple times, and the diesel ran out just as many. And oh, we couldn’t stand near the door, because “rocket launcher kabhi bhi asakta hai”. We couldn’t have anticipated the serious issues that we saw. Shooting in Muslimbagh had trials of its own. Not only was the weather inclement, but we encountered lack of support from security forces who would intervene to tell us it’s not safe. Surprisingly, the Taliban cooperated and even emptied out their headquarters for us to shoot in. Our crew included girls wearing Western clothes, and nobody cared."
The first look teaser was revealed online on August 6, 2013. The film release date was announced in a press conference held in Karachi where posters and theatrical trailer were also revealed. Film's final extended trailer was revealed on July 7, 2015 on official Facebook page. Final poster was revealed on July 17.
Soundtrack of Moor is composed by the Pakistani band, Strings. Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada is featured in the trailer. The film bought the copyrights. Anwar Maqsood wrote the lyrics of songs. The soundtrack was released on July 28th, 2015.
Moor was premiered in Karachi on August 10 and in Lahore on August 13 whereas film had its red carpet in Rawalpindi the next day. The film was released in cinemas across Pakistan on August 14, 2015 (Independence Day). The film will premiered in Dubai on October 29, while released in cinemas U.A.E the next day.
At box office, Moor collected ₨2.5 million (US$24,000) on its first day and opening weekend total collection was ₨6.21 million (US$59,000) The film had very low week days with collection of ₨8.58 million (US$81,000) in its first week. In its 2nd weekend film collected of ₨2.1 million (US$20,000) taking total box office collection to ₨1.07 crore (US$100,000).
The film was rated good overall by critics. Rafay Mahmood of The Express Tribune praised the film, rated 4 out of 5 stars and wrote "Jami manages to pull off the impossible with Moor. He grants us a true Pakistani film sans being pretentious or preachy and makes the much rural and suburban concept of ‘love for your motherland’ moving for urban audiences." Aayan Mirza of Galaxy Lollywood rated 4/5 and summed up as "Moor is by far the best Pakistani cinema has ever offered in terms of overall execution. What a cinematography, what an acting, and what a music." Adnan Murad of Blasting News rated 3.5/5 stars and verdicts as "A surprisingly engaging mix of reality and substance gives Moor a cult appeal that Pakistani film industry will always cherish. Moor has a swirl of allure and enchantment that sets it apart from other Pakistani films." Elizabeth Kerr of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film at 20th Busan International Film Festival saying, "A gorgeous and intensely contemporary slice of Pakistani life."