Before you label me as the laziest bum in the world, please let me explain. Since I have started working at MC, life is more than busy. Days have melted into each other, and I am trying to take it one day at a time to stay above the water. Labour day weekend brought an extra day off, and I decided to put my feet up and switch off. I know coming weeks are going to be brutal, so I am saving up on my fuel.
Anyway. Being an expat in Germany comes at a cost, and one of them is lack of desi entertainment – namely Indian and Pakistani movies. This weekend, I finally got the opportunity and access to movies, and decided to do a marathon. Four movies, one weekend, and two bars of KitKat Chunky (with coffee flavour – it’s nothing special, so don’t bother with trying it really).
Here’s what I watched, and my two bits for you if you were thinking about watching any or all of them:
Ho Mann Jahan:
Three college students, who aspire to pursue music professionally after graduation, come across unforeseen circumstance once they get their degrees. The rich kid (Adeel Hussain) has to deal with controlling parents, who do not approve of either his passion for music or choice of life partner. The poor kid (Sheheryar Munawar), in his rebellion, fails his exams, gets in trouble with his father, ends up homeless, and gets a new leash on life – until he falls in love with his best friend. Caught in between, an artist’s offspring (Mahira Khan) has to fight her own demons.
It’s a fairly big budget movie, which is apparent in the opulence of the set, investment in wardrobe and production quality. Story and script are dated, but all three leads have done justice to their roles and make it a good watch. Also, there is a sprinkle of other A-listers, including Fawad Khan, which adds to the experience.
Should you watch it? Yes.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani
There is only one thing I find unforgivable when it comes to Pakistani movies – a shameless attempt to be a Bollywood flick. I had really high expectations from Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, but found it to be a below par remake of a few (rather famous) Bollywood movies, wardrobe sourced from Thailand (burnt orange raw silk in an ill-fitting dress?), script that left a lot to be desired and a sad waste of some serious potential.
Sherry (Humayun Saeed) is an accomplished divorce lawyer in the USA, who comes back to find his three friends in marital despair. Saif (Hamza Abbasi) is a cheating director, whose career is financed by his overbearing wife (Ayesha Khan). In Parvez (Ahmad Ali Butt)’s house, his wife (Uzma Khan) wears the pants. And Sarwat Gilani uses her Pathan family to keep her husband (Vasay Chaudry) in check. To help his friends out, Sherry concocts a story and escapes to Thailand for a week. Then comes Marina (Mehwish Hayat), who falls in love with Sherry and threatens to kill him if he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings. Later, we see that Sherry is already betrothed to selfie-taking, #instaobessed Zoya (Sohai Ali Abro).
There are a few comic moments here and there, and the chase is sometimes amusing, but on the whole, it wasn’t one of the star cast’s best work.
Should you watch it? Only if you are a diehard fan.
Two boys, same face, contrasting circumstances and a bunch of not-so-scary goons – this pretty much sums up the entire premise of Wrong No. Throw in a butcher-father to add some meat to the script (no pun intended), along with two pink-pouted heroines in lead, and you have a predictable storyline, which seemed too similar to Salman Khan’s Judwaa.
Danish Taimoor owns the movie, and has done a phenomenal job, as both Sallu and Shehryar. Sallu dreams of making it big in the movie business, and wants nothing to do with his family’s business – meat and butchery. He has an ardent fan in Laila (Sohai Ali Abro), but he wants nothing to do with her either. He finds out that his doppelgänger is a Nawab, and decides to switch places with him.
Taimoor took the otherwise-stale-script beyond its restricted scope. Javed Sheikh is fantastic as usual, and his dialogue delivery and expressions are a treat.
Should you watch? Yes.
Love story with a Pakistani boy and Indian girl, set in Maldives, Bachaana stars Mohib Mirza and Sanam Saeed. Both actors are fabulous when it comes to their craft, and their on-screen chemistry is one of the best I have seen in Pakistani movies. It engages you, excites you, pulls you in the emotional turmoil and make you smile when it reaches happy ending. And you know what else is fascinating? Sanam gets exactly two outfits for the entire movie.
It’s a story of a Pakistan taxi driver, who comes across an Indian damsel in distress, and tries to save the day without realising exactly how much trouble there is. There is a bad man as well, who is too white to really scare anyone. It’s shot well, with stunning locales, and a powerful message. All those parents who agree to marry their daughters to “bahar rehta hai larka”, please be careful.
Should you watch it? Yes.