Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Jackpot (2018)

A review on Pakistani Comedy feature length film, Jackpot (2018). The Production Houses and its Distributors are Oriental Films and Shoaib Khan Films.





+ Crew

  • Directed & Produced by Shoaib Khan
  • Written by Babar Kashmiri
  • Cinematography by Anubhay Bansal & Sherry
  • Edited by Imran Mushtaq
  • Co-Produced by Khurram Riaz






+ Note

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

  1. Noor Hassan as Lucky
  2. Sanam Chaudhry as Chandini
  3. Inayat Khan as Guy in Blue Jacket
  4. Javed Sheikh as Jojo
  5. Adnan Shah Tipu as Pappu
  6. Sana Fakhar as Malka
  7. Faiza Khan as Selfie








+ Supporting Cast

  1. Reyhna Malhotra as Blue Jacket Guy’s Love Interest
  2. N/A as Jojo’s Assistant
  3. Mehmood Aslam as Saigol
  4. Ismail Tara as Tourist Guide
  5. Iftikhar Thakur as Hotel Manager
  6. Afzal ‘Rambo’ Khan (Cameo) as Drunkard
  7. N/A as Midget








+ Minor Cast

  1. N/A as Bodyguard #1
  2. N/A as Bodyguard #2
  3. Irtiza Rubab aka Meera / Receptionist
  4. Zara Sheikh as N/A
  5. N/A as Chauffeur
  6. N/A as Waiter





+ Plot

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.






+ Overall

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


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