I attended the premier of Teefa in Trouble at Nueplex Cinemas Karachi, organised by Lotus PR, in attendance of a number of celebrities and the cast – including Ali Zafar, Maya Ali, Javed Sheikh, Faisal Qureshi, Ahsan Rahim, Humayun Saeed, Sarwat Gilani, Sheheryar Munawar, Danyal Zafar, Ayesha Fazli, Saquib Malik, Asad Ul Haq, Nadia Hussain, Feroze Khan, Faizan Haquee, and Maria Wasti.

The reason I listed the names was to specify enlistees of Camp Ali Zafar in the Ali-Meesha feud. Anyway, back to the movie.

I arrived to witness protests in full swing outside Nueplex Cinemas, with screams of ‘Ali Zafar Sharam Karo’ loud and clear. I mistook it for ‘Ali Zafar Ko Vote Do’.

In contrast, third floor of The Place Mall was brimming with activity. Media, guests and celebrities were gathered within a rope barricaded arena.

The movie was being screened in three cinema halls, and ours started at 9:30PM. The event was scheduled for 6:30PM. I couldn’t help blessing German punctuality under my breath just then.

About the movie:

Teefa in Trouble is a story of Teefa (Ali Zafar), who is responsible for fixing matters for a local politician (Butt Sahb), in exchange for hard cash. Butt’s friend Bonzo (Jawed Sheikh) is based in Warsaw, with his daughter – Anya (Maya Ali) and second wife (Sofia Khan). Butt is hopeful that Bonzo will marry Anya with his son, but things go south and turn ugly. Teefa is called in to fix the situation, only to end with him falling for the beautiful Anya himself.

The movie follows a tightly pulled screenplay, fantastic dialogue writing, humour so local that you’d giggle at its kitschiness, half decent locales, music that will rule the top charts for a while and actors who are good to look and perform well.

With Teefa in Trouble, both Ali and Maya have made their Pakistani film debuts and it is an applaud-worthy attempt. Ali’s experience in Bollywood has certainly served him well with Teefa in Trouble.

What also stood out was the picturization and cinematography. Teefa in Trouble is cited to be the most expensive film to hit local cinemas, and has been distributed in cooperation with Yash Raj Films, across 25 countries. The bigwigs behind this film have ensured a product that is worthy of audience’s time and money.

Should you watch it? Yes. It is your usual masala film, with rib-tickling humour, good acting and can be a fun way to spend a couple of hours. The script is not groundbreaking or even novel, so don’t expect to come out feeling like you probably did after 3 Idiots.

Gather your friends, and watch it over the weekend.