Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on ‘Allahyar & the Legend of Markhor’ (2018)

A review on Pakistani Animated feature length film, ‘Allahyar & the Legend of Markhor’ (2018). The Production House is 3rd World Studios while its Distributor is ARY Films.

 

+ Crew

  • Written & Directed by Uzair Zaheer Khan
  • Cinematography by Arooj Azam
  • Edited by Muhammad Azeem
  • Music by Ahmed Ali
  • Produced by Usman Iqbal

 

+Note

Allahyar & the Legend of Markhor aims to shed light on the preservation and illegal hunting of wildlife, with main characters Mehru, a Markhor and Chakku, a snow leopard being endangered species.

Natasha Humera Ejaz is also a singer and a very good theatre artist where she plays a famous role of Jill in ‘Equus’ (2017) directed by Sunil Shankar. The first song released for the movie was a rendition of Zohaib Hassan’s 1982 song “Muskuraye Ja”, was sung by her.

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Anum Zaidi as Allahyar
  2. Natasha Humera Ejaz as Mehru
  3. Ali Noor as Mani
  4. Azfar Jafri as Hero
  5. Abdul Nabi Jamali as Chak’ku
  6. Arieb Azhar as Bablu
  7. N/A as Wolf Leader

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. N/A as Wolf #1
  2. N/A as Wolf #2
  3. N/A as Ranger
  4. N/A as Old Monkey
  5. N/A as Tourist Hunter
  6. N/A as Master Ji
  7. Ali Rehman Khan as Mr. Rabbit (Cameo)
  8. Hareem Farooqui as Mrs. Rabbit (Cameo)

 

 + Plot

A young boy, Allahyar who one day finds himself is able to communicate with the animals and needs to take Mehru to her home for safety from the hunting poachers.

 

+ High Points

i – Good voice performances by almost entire cast.

Ii – An enjoyable comic relief character, Hero voiced by Azfar Jafri is written well for its role and hilarious in most cases.

Iii – The punch lines were often pleasant, amusing.

Iv – Good animation of the characters and the surroundings.

v – A warm welcome to the cameo voices by Ali Rehman Khan and Hareem Farooqui.

 

+ Low Points

i – Unnecessary lengthy third act of the film.

ii – This film assures us that ‘Death’ has no meaning.

iii – Even if the target audience is children, still there is no excuse to include toilet humor.

Iv – Predictable twists and turns, including its end.

v – I don’t remember listening to more than a couple of songs. Although only one I can recall properly is of ‘Muskuraye Ja’ by Natasha Humera Ejaz. But even that one was too short.

vi – Other animals are not shocked to find themselves able to communicate with Allahyar.

 

+ Overall

Allahyar & the Legend of Markhor is a good effort, to come up with a light entertaining animated film for families and kids alike.

 

Rate: 3.0 out of 5 stars

 

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