A review on Pakistani Drama feature length film, ‘Azad’ aka ‘Independent’ (2018). The Production Houses are Bling Studios and Roomi Films while it’s Distributor is Hum Films.
- Written, Directed & Produced by Rehan Sheikh
- Cinematography by Ilyas Kashmiri
- Edited by Yasir Nawaz
- Music by Abbas Ali Khan and Taimoor Mirza
- Production Designed & Co-Produced by Hassan Naeem
Azad is an offbeat comedy drama set-in modern-day Pakistan about a free-spirited RJ who hosts a morning show until a chance encounter leads him to confront his own ideas of freedom.
This film might face the same fate in the domestic box office as did Pakistani feature length films such as Shah (2015) and Josh (2013).
+ Main Cast
- Rehan Sheikh as Azad / Danish aka Dani
- Sanam Saeed as Sadia
- Salman Shahid as Pervaiz Sher Khan / PK Sher
- Ajlal Shah as Bilal / Billo
- Sabreen Hisbani as Jia
+ Supporting Cast
- Nimra Bucha as N/A
- Jawad Rana as N/A
- Sajjad Kishwar as N/A
- Zahid Ahmed as OJ (Cameo)
- Angeline Malik as N/A (Cameo)
- Imran Abbas as N/A (Cameo)
- Schumaila Hussain as N/A (Cameo)
Azad runs a morning radio show of PK Sher with liberal and thought-provoking ideas. One day he is challenged by his past encounter against his freedom beliefs.
+ High Points
i – A very well written screenplay and story. Light humor that easily balances in the script.
ii – Rehan Sheikh’s performance as Azad played out often amusing, yet expressive in grim scenes.
iii – Sanam Saeed as Sadia performed wonderfully as Azad’s colleague and nemesis. Other Honorable Mentions: Rest of the cast.
iv – Sensational work on its Production design, scenes pleasantly blend in.
v – The cinematography is more effective with worthy lighting throughout the film.
vi – Some soft hearted but appropriate songs while others are foreign classics.
vii – It has a satisfying, emotional ending.
viii – Good use of the cameos.
+ Low Points
i – A bit lengthy film should be shorter by 10 – 15 minutes.
ii – The film is slow and not everyone’s kind of film to watch. For mirch, masala type of film watchers, avoid this one.
For Azad, the multi-talented star Rehan Sheikh has nicely executed directorial debut of his career. The film is very close to reality… and definitely a winner!
Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars