A review on Pakistani Rom-Com feature length film, Parey Hut Love (2019) aka Stay Away from Me, Love. The Production House is The Vision Factory Films while its Distributors are ARY Films, Salman Iqbal Films and B4U Motion Pictures.
- Written & Directed by Asim Raza
- Co-Written by Imran Aslam & Nasir Aslam
- Cinematography by Salman Razzak & Serkan Guller
- Edited by Alam Azeemi
- Music by Azaan Sami Khan
Parey Hut Love is based on British film, Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). The director’s previous work is Ho Mann Jahaan (2015) starring Sheheryar Munawar, Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mahira Khan.
It is claimed by BTS team that Mahira Khan was originally offered to do role of Saniya. Mahira however makes a cameo appearance in this film. Shehryar Munawar’s real life father, Munawar Alam Siddiqui plays a father role to Shehryar in this film. Its production designer is Saqib Hayat.
+ Main Cast
- Sheheryar Munawar as Sheheryar
- Maya Ali as Saniya
- Ahmed Ali Butt as Arshad
- Zara Noor Abbas as Shabbo
- Nadeem Baig as Faisal
- Hina Dilpazeer as Farida
- Munawar Alam Siddiqui as Aziz
+ Supporting Cast
- Frieha Altaf as Feroza
- Yousuf Bashir Qureshi as Mehmood
- Rachel Viccaji as Tanaaz
- Faheem Azam as Rustom
- Mahira Khan as Zeena
- Shahbaz Shigri as Hasan
- Parisheh James as Natasha
+ Minor Cast
- Jimmy Khan as Anwar
- Fawad Khan as Producer
- Marina Khan as Director
- Sonya Jehan as Actress
- Imran Aslam as Friend
- Cybil Chowdhry as Sheheryar’s Friend #1
- Meera as Karishma Chaudhry
- Saife Hassan as Relative
- Durdana Butt as Friend’s Relative
- Ahmed Ali Akbar as Sheheryar’s Friend #2
An unlikely romance between a young free-willed, commitment-phobic aspiring actor, Sheheryar, and a beautiful strong-willed expat, Saniya, who meet and fall in love over a series of unplanned encounters at destination weddings.
+ High Points
i – ‘A’ graded work behind its cinematography, it made the film visually very stunning. The lighting, color correction, everything related to it is at its best quality.
ii – The production design is very detailed and stands in the rank of award worthy.
iii – Amazing efforts in its costume designing, reflected their social class of elite family background.
iv – Makeup & hair styling did a fantastic job. Every cast member looked elegant on-screen.
v – Zara Noor Abbas is a wonderful and beautiful actress. Her performance looks very natural and believable. I hope that I be able to see her in lead roles in her upcoming projects onwards. Other Honorable Mentions: Mahira Khan and Munawar Alam Siddiqui.
vi – The songs are beautifully shot and nicely choreographed in its dance sequences.
vii – As per everyone expectations, Ahmed Ali Butt, who is yet again a comic relief character made the audience laugh where ever he could.
viii – Two best cameos I liked were of Fawad Khan and Meera. I wish they had bigger roles in the film due to the interesting characters that they were playing.
+ Low Points
i – Just like in the famous Bollywood’s classic film, Deewaar (1975) where the character of Amitabh Bachan as Vijay is having an argument with his brother, Ravi (played by Shashi Kapoor) on the valuable things that he has, believing that his brother doesn’t have anything to compare with.
Vijay: Mere paas property hai, gari hai, bank balance hai… tumaray paas kya hai?
Ravi: Mere paas ‘Maa’ hai
Similarly, in this film:
Paray Hut Love: Mere paas big budget producer hai, director hai, cinematographer hai… tumaray paas kya hai?
Critics: Mere paas ‘Audience’ hai
On a serious note, this film too suffers from weak script which is usually the backbone to any film’s success. If you really believe that you can make a good film out of bad script, well, think again.
ii – Parey Hut Love is so ‘Interesting’ film that I snooze off twice in the first half and once in the second half. And whenever I woke up, there was a song going on. This film strongly reminded me of Shehryar’s first film, Ho Mann Jahaan where one of the lead stars also has made her appearance. And irony is that I slept (don’t know for how long) while watching Ho Mann Jahaan as well.
iii – After watching this film, I would rather say that Shehryar Munawar is a ‘Jinx’ to any film he signs for. If you see his filmography, you would find them highly unwatchable. Such as, Ho Mann Jahaan (2015), Project Ghazi (2017) and 7 Din Mohabbatein (2018). Although, his acting is okay and he is good looking but… all his movies suck badly.
iv – The question is why would you think that audience be interested to see a long list of special thanks given to the different sponsors and participants (who made your film possible) be given a separate slide to look at? Only ones who would be interested in it would be the ones got involved in your project. International market usually does that in the closing credits.
v – I have two words for Coca Cola’s brand endorsement in this film… ‘Fitay Muu’!
vi – It was hard to take Hina Dilpazeer’s character seriously. Even in ‘Emotional’ scenes, she kept cracking jokes. No, that was not beauty of it.
vii – So many cameos and yet most of them were given barely any screen time or importance to the kind of role they should play.
Parey Hut Love is a top notch, big budget forgettable film of the year.
Rate: 2.25 out of 5 stars