Mister recently got a few Pakistani movies for my watching pleasure, and one of them was Na Band Na Baraati. His choices were SOLELY based on what was available (hashtag first world problems). So now you know why I watched it. Now let’s get down to deets and review:
- Name: Na Band Na Baraati
- Language: Urdu
- Genre: Comedy
- Released on: July 2018
- Starring: Mikaal Zulfiqar, Shayan Khan, Nayab Khan, Komal Farooqi, Ali Kazmi, Qavi Khan, Azra Mohiuddin, Atiqa Odho and others.
- Available on: Amazon Prime
Review: Na Band Na Baraati is a story of a family with two sons and a daughter, based in Toronto, where the elder son is a relatively good boy and the younger one is the quintessential naakaara (aka useless). They both have girlfriends, but circumstantial confusion swaps the biwis (wives).
In theory, this could have been a good film. The story, albeit basic, had potential to be an entertaining romcom. And the cast features heavy weights entertainers like Mikaal Zulfiqar, Ali Kazmi, Qavi Khan and Atiqa Odho. But it wasn’t. It was a downright painful watch because of Shayan Khan, Anzhelika Tahir and Nayab Khan.
There is no way to say this nicely, so I am going to just say it – they are terrible actors. Shayaan was one of the two leading actors and his lack of expressions, painful dialogue delivery and far from convincing performance made the movie a difficult watch. Every time he came on screen, I couldn’t help but see the similarity between his acting and real estate/mobile shop advertisements that ran on cable TV in the ’90s. At least they ended in 75 seconds..
Anzhelika was mostly forgettable, other than her ‘song’, which she lip synced awfully. I am shook that something like this can get past a director and then the editors.
Nayab, like most of the remaining supporting cast, also got the memo to overact, so she did. The petulant damsel is so last season (and century). I did find her pretty though.
Despite the below par actors all around him, Mikaal Zulfiqar still managed to do his role justice, but even that wasn’t enough to save the film. In fact, maybe watch one of Bekaar Films’ YouTube videos instead of Na Band Na Baraati – infinitely more entertaining and better production quality.