A review on a Pakistani Romantic feature length film, Janaan (2016). Its Production House is IRK Films while its Distributors are ARY Films and B4U Films.
- Directed by Azfar Jafri
- Written by Osman Khalid Butt
- Cinematographer is Rana Kamran
- Edited by Mitesh Soni
- Produced by Hareem Farooq, Reham Khan, Munir Hussain & Imran Raza Kazmi
Janaan is a story of three friends with a Pakhtoon culture. This film reminded me of Bollywood film, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai (2002) and Hollywood film, My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Its music is composed by Taha Malik, Ahmed Ali, Armaan Malik and Salim Sulaiman.
+ Main Cast
- Armeena Khan as Meena
- Bilal Ashraf as Asfandyar Khan
- Ali Rehman Khan as Daniyal Khan
- Hania Aamir as Palwasha Samir
- Nayyar Ejaz as Ikramullah
- Usman Mukhtar as Samir
+ Supporting Cast
- Ajab Gul as Asad Khan
- Mishi Khan as Shireen Gul
- Shafqat Khan as Khan Zaada
- Saad Zia Abbasi as Chotu
- Sabeena Farooq as Palwasha’s Friend
- Fahad Ali Panni as N/A
- Jalal Khan as N/A
+ Cameo Appearances
- Osman Khalid Butt as Musician
- Hareem Farooq as N/A
Meena lives abroad but is called back to Swat; Pakistan (home town) by her affluent family to attend Asfandyar’s sister, Palwasha’s wedding. There, her two cousins, Asfandyar and Daniyal are thrilled to have her with them at a time of joy.
+ High Points
i. It is a fun-loving family entertainment film.
ii. Beautiful work behind its costume design / wardrobe, each and everything is carefully taken care of.
iii. Ali Reham Khan performed a true hilarious perpetual character. Even in most poignant scenes, he gets back to fun loving character in just few moments. Whenever, he made appearance on screen, the audience was pleased in watching his scenes and what next thing he would do to make witty remarks? I was amazed that how well everyone performed including the supporting and minor role actors.
iv. The cinematography is done in such excellent manner that the scenic shots are taken are breathtaking to watch. Pakistan’s natural beauty looked elegant under his watch. The lighting in each scene is sensational! The cinematographer and colorist have gained a true respect from me.
v. The songs were nice and lovable to listen. One or two are in Pashto language. The soundtrack is also very pleasant.
vi. Armeena Khan along with two fellow co-stars Ali and Bilal, all three looked stunning in makeup & hair styling.
vii. The script, dialogues are quite funny and comical.
viii. It seemed that director is a true magician as he held back few tricks up in his sleeves as the film is about to reach to its conclusion.
ix. The art direction was superbly taken care of. All the wooden craft were traditional embroidered upholstery.
+ Low Points
i. The story is already used a thousand times over by many films alike. One would be thinking that this film looks similar to this or that film.
ii. The serious lucid issue which was highlighted in the film, the team behind the film didn’t actually work on it to go in detail in able to solve the issue but rather concern in fighting with the antagonist over it.
iii. The film seemed a bit longer than it should be as the story didn’t as such unfolds in being pepped but was stretched till the end. The film could have ended at least 20 minutes before. At times the story seemed compelling whereas in second half it was a bit drag.
iv. There were some dialogues in Pashto language with Roman Urdu subtitles. Before I could read the text, most of the audience already started laughing. I felt like only one who didn’t understand Pashto language.
Janaan is a delightful surprise for the movie lovers and a plus point for revival of Pakistani cinema.
Rate: 4.25 out of 5 stars