A review on Pakistani Rom-Com feature length film, Superstar (2019). The Production House is Hum TV while its Distributors are Hum Films.
- Directed by Mohammed Ehteshamuddin
- Written & Music by Azaan Sami Khan
- Sound Mixing by Rhitwik Raj Pathak
- Visual Effects by Syed Mujtaba Ali
- Produced by Momina & Duraid Films
Superstar is the story of two characters from different worlds as they journey to find the true meaning of the word ‘Superstar’. Mahira Khan showed great interest to work in this film and wanted its production to start just after her film, Bin Roye (2015).
Gazain Abbas is one NAPA’s theatre actors who performed along Mahira in her on-stage scenes.
+ Main Cast
- Mahira Khan as Noori
- Bilal Ashraf as Sameer Khan
- Alizeh Shah as Chutki
- Nadeem Baig as Agha Jaan
- Ali Kazmi as Shaan
- Asma Abbas as Choti Ammi
- Jawed Sheikh as Zulfiqar Khan
- Marina Khan as Laila Khan
- Saife Hassan as Zahid Malik
+ Supporting Cast
- Waqar Hussain as Bobby
- Kubra Khan as Actress #1 (Cameo)
- Hania Aamir as Actress #2 (Cameo)
- Osman Khalid Butt as Actor (Cameo)
- Mani as Director #1 (Cameo)
- Syra Shehroz as Actress (Cameo)
- Fahim Burney as Director
- Adnan Shah Tipu as Casting Director
Noor, a budding actress who wants to make it big in the film industry meets Sameer who is a celebrity with stardom. Together they learn the price of success and that sometimes to shine, you need the darkness.
+ High Points
i – Once again, Mahira Khan’s performance has touched to the public’s high expectations. She is certainly a gem for our film industry and we are very proud to have her as our industry’s one of the brightest stars.
ii – I always found Bilal Ashraf to be a good actor and have praised on his performances. He is charming, good looking …yet I would say that his best role is yet to come. In this film, he plays the role of Sameer Khan, a big, famous, handsome star who surprisingly falls in love with a common, beautiful girl. I don’t believe that this film did justice with the kind of role written for him. I see him as an actor who has much more potential in him to do on-screen. I guess we just have to wait and see which film role turns out to be a memorable one for Bilal to stand on top. Other Honorable Mentions: Nadeem Baig, Alizeh Shah and Ali Kazmi.
iii – The first half is much better watch than the other half. I guess more interesting scenes would be the reason; although more towards fantasy.
iv – Beautiful cinematography and lighting. One’s mood does turns off quickly if the film’s visual is weak. But this film makes sure that doesn’t happen. Praiseworthy effort behind the camera, good job!
v – As far as makeup & hair styling is concerned, I believe that they did a great work. The lead stars especially were stunning on-screen.
vi – A good chemistry to watch of Bilal Ashraf and Mahira Khan. Both are likeable stars and its good to see that they were able to bring audience attention towards their love story.
vii – One or two songs are good, especially the last one where Bilal as Sameer Khan sings on-stage. The dance choreography regarding Mahira’s songs is nicely put.
viii – Good work behind its costume designing. Mahira’s and Alizeh’s wardrobe made them look even prettier.
ix – The film’s humor level is hilarious regarding scene sharing of Alizeh and Bilal. Then there are minor funny scenes later on.
x – The production design works well with story line, more suitable with the main and sub plots.
+ Low Points
i – This film confirms us, that we really need good writers. Almost every film this year which had high expectations, have failed mainly due to weak story line or writing issues. Why do producers invest in those films which has a frail script? Any experienced producer would straight away say ‘No’ to it. Honestly, who wants to lose his money? Superstar’s writing has same issues which is btw the major flaw for its failure. This movie could have been a good inspiration of A Star Is Born (2018) but was not.
ii – Wow! I had almost zero interest in this film. Primarily because do you really believe that a next-door girl is selected in an ad with a big star who btw falls in love with the same girl. And then after some time, she becomes a superstar without any struggles shown but only mentioned with a swift of 3 years gone by. Just 3 years? And no struggles or rejection shown? You can’t possibly fall in love with such characters. I mean, let people feel their pain, their struggle… let them know how it does it feel to lose them or for their loss. If you don’t do that then don’t expect people to care of what’s happening in the film. Hey, I know that I won’t.
iii – Most of the cameos are useless, not properly utilized. The role of Saife Hassan is totally wasted.
Ehteshamuddin’s Superstar promises the audience too much but leaves them in utter disappointment.
Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars