I travelled almost 150 kilometers to watch 7 Din Mohabbat In, so you don’t have to if it’s not worth it. This is the first time that a Pakistani movie has been screened across Europe, thanks for Ishq Magazin; that alone is a commendable milestone for Pakistani films.
Now on to the movie – it’s a story of Tipu (Sheheryar Munawar) who can’t get it going with ladies. He’s your classic Surma Bhopali, with hair sticking up at an unflattering angle and checkered button-down shirt. His orphan cousin Neeli (Mahira Khan) lives with him and is madly in love with him. Defeated by his lack of luck in love, he gambles his future for a chance to be a Fawad Khan/Salman Khan/Shahrukh Khan combo. You will have to watch the movie to find out how it unfolds from hereon.
The first half was painful to get through. The storyline was haphazard, dialogues made me cringe and Javed Sheikh’s laughter would haunt me for the rest of the week. Mahira looked beautiful, sans glamour.
It picked up in the second half, and became almost enjoyable. I loved Karachi-specific humour, Neeli’s poetry and blue saree. The storyline and script only got a little better (or I got numb), and I drowned Sheikh Sahb’s laughter in Nacho’s crunch.
I went to watch the movie solely to support the industry. Pakistan has certainly produced better movies than 7 Din Mohabbat In, but this one was definitely better in terms of cinematography – it no longer looked like a Hum TV drama, which is a big step up!
I would give this a 6/10. You should go watch it if you want to support the industry and/or love Mahira and Amna Ilyas.
P.S. Amna Ilyas is such a strong actor and I wish she had more screen time. I am still waiting for Mira Sethi to grow on me. Hina Dilpazeer is a legend and did a fabulous job as usual. And the real Tipu… he’s a classic.