A review on Pakistani Comedy feature length film, Jackpot (2018). The Production Houses and its Distributors are Oriental Films and Shoaib Khan Films.
- Directed & Produced by Shoaib Khan
- Written by Babar Kashmiri
- Cinematography by Anubhay Bansal & Sherry
- Edited by Imran Mushtaq
- Co-Produced by Khurram Riaz
Jackpot is directly influenced by Le Million (1931) a French classic musical comedy film directed by René Clair. TV actress Reyhna Malhotra and Anubhav Bhansal are from India.
The shooting locations were of Lahore, Balochistan; Pakistan. And the rest at Phuket; Thailand. The music is composed by Naveed Nashad.
+ Main Cast
- Noor Hassan as Lucky
- Sanam Chaudhry as Chandini
- Inayat Khan as Guy in Blue Jacket
- Javed Sheikh as Jojo
- Adnan Shah Tipu as Pappu
- Sana Fakhar as Malka
- Faiza Khan as Selfie
+ Supporting Cast
- Reyhna Malhotra as Blue Jacket Guy’s Love Interest
- N/A as Jojo’s Assistant
- Mehmood Aslam as Saigol
- Ismail Tara as Tourist Guide
- Iftikhar Thakur as Hotel Manager
- Afzal ‘Rambo’ Khan (Cameo) as Drunkard
- N/A as Midget
+ Minor Cast
- N/A as Bodyguard #1
- N/A as Bodyguard #2
- Irtiza Rubab aka Meera / Receptionist
- Zara Sheikh as N/A
- N/A as Chauffeur
- N/A as Waiter
Lucky wins a lottery ticket of PKR 100 crores which gets in Jojo’s coat in a huge mix-up and sold to a laundry guy.
+ High Points
i – Screenplay is the main ingredient why people might prefer watching this film. The punchlines are hilarious and they do improve as the film progresses.
ii – In the start, the film was not good. It appeared only as cheap comedy, Lollywood film. I was not enjoying it at all, thought made a great mistake by coming here at cinema but that quickly changed. The film turns out to be very enjoyable; perhaps a good time pass.
iii – Ismail Tara as Tourist Guide performed really well. He played a great role of comic relief character which audience welcomed him with open arms. Other Honorable Mentions: Javed Sheikh, Adnan Shah Tipu and Afzal ‘Rambo’ Khan.
iv – Shoaib Khan’s direction has able to pull this off to bring good interest level.
v – Surprising cameos in the film.
vi – Sanam Chaudhry and Sana Fakhar are very glamorous on-screen.
vii – Inayat Khan looks like a promising new comer.
+ Low Points
i – This film is for mature audience where some of the jokes are sexual and double meaning.
ii – WARNING: Toilet humor!
iii – The young, lead stars fail to give a strong memorable performance. It is the veteran actors such as Javed Sheikh, Afzal ‘Rambo’ Khan and Ismail Tara who uplift the film.
iv – Require a good dance choreographer for their songs. And speaking of songs, they themselves hardly made any impression onto the audience.
v – Saigol played by Mehmood Aslam was eventually ruled out as useless role, someone to fill a time gap. The lottery ticket could be introduced through many different ways also; there was no need for this character.
vi – I don’t understand is why the sketch was (intentionally) censored in the film for? I thought that they would give explanation (at least) in the end but they didn’t.
vii – The film could be cut by 15 minutes.
Jackpot consists of a long list of stars which lacks the originality and focuses on vulgar, lowbrow gags, but at times it is very funny.
Rate: 2.75 out of 5 stars