Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Salute (2016)

A review on Pakistani Drama feature length film, Salute (2016). The Production House is Cinetainment Production and Distributed by IMGC Global Entertainment.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Shahzad Rafique
  • Cinematography by Adil Askri
  • Written by Shahzad Rafique
  • Edited by Mohammed Adeel PK
  • Produced by Ghufoor Butt, Haji Arshad Mehmood & Shahzad Rafique

+ Note

Salute is a biographical film is based on the life of martyr “Aitzaz Hasan” from Hangu, Pakistan. He very courageously confronted a suicide bomber from attempting to blow his school saving up to 2000 lives. It’s a Cinematic Tribute to his act of bravery and selflessness, therefore the film is titled as ‘Salute’.

The music is composed by Robin Ghosh (Late) & Aamir Munawar.

+ Main Cast

1) Ali Mohtesham as Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan

2) Ajab Gul as Aitzaz Hasan’s father

3) Saima Noor as Aitzaz Hasan’s mother

4) Imran Khan as Taliban

5) Nayyar Ejaz as Mulvi

+ Plot

Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan Bangash is a healthy school boy who is often taunted by other school boys over his weight issue. His life surrounding his family is closely shown. His mother believes that God has created him for a special reason.

+ High Points

i – If one is aware of the true events which this film is based on, it was really heart breaking to know and watch film ending. You can see the love which is pour out by Aitzaz’s loving mother for his child. The film in the start is dedicated to the martyrs of Pakistan, especially innocent children.

ii – The performances by Ajab Gul and Saima Noor, played their part well.

iii – The locations are very beautiful as it is mainly shot at Azad Kashmir.

iv – The story shown of Aitzaz Hasan and his family are the only interesting scenes to watch.

v – Ali Mohtesham as Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan did the role properly and in most justified manner.

vi – The ‘Islam’ that is preached and how it is implemented by banned religious groups is shown to highlight their view of the religion side by side of general public. It was a good call.

+ Low Points

i – The cinematography is mediocre. There is unnecessary Bird’s eye view multiple shots been taken throughout the film. Irrelevant intense shots in slow motion are taken where there is hardly any suspense shown to the audience.

ii – There are so many armies infiltrating and attacking shots taken. Not only do they look unrealistic but with highly exaggerating manner are they shown on screen. I do understand that they were inserted in the film intentionally to show our army patriotism and their fight against such ‘Islamic & Religious’ terrorist / banned groups. Yet it ruined the main story which it was actually based on.

iii – The beard of Nayyar Ejaz is as real as Santa Claus’s beard.

iv – Then we had this Bonanza ad during the film. Sorry, what I mean is there is this couple on honeymoon who are attacked by a small group of terrorists. Bad direction, bad acting.

v – The supporting cast acting is just okay. It could have been better.

vi – The product placement of NBP is like watching an advertisement. Badly executed.

vii – The story telling precisely needs improvement on its part.

viii – The flashback scenes and present scenes were hard to tell in the start as it looked the same.

ix – By looking at different aircraft while taking off, Aitzaz Hasan’s father saddens as it reminds him of his loving wife and family. But the way it was shot, it seemed that the BTS team has inserted wrong aircraft shots. Example: In close up shots, we see PIA plane but in master shots it belonged to some other airlines. This same thing happened again with Emirates and other airlines aircraft.

x – The action scenes reminded me of illogical explosions & gun battle shown in Michael Bay film.

+ Overall

Salute is a touching story, surrounding Aitzaz Hasan’s true events which delivers so well. But it suffers from the uninspired cinematography, lack of strong supporting cast and its clichéd action sequence that provokes to wishful thinking for a redo.

Rate: 2.0 out of 5 stars

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Karachi Se Lahore (2015)

A review on Pakistani Comedy feature length film, Karachi Se Lahore (2015). The Production House is Showcase Productions while its Distributor is IMGC Global Entertainment.

+ Crew

  • Directed, Story & Produced by Wajahat Rauf
  • Cinematography by Rana Kamran
  • Written by Yasir Hussain
  • Edited by Hasan Ali Khan
  • Music by Sur Darwaish

+Note

Karachi Se Lahore is the first Pakistani road-trip film which covers the 36 hours journey from Karachi to Lahore in real time, where the characters face obstacles, overcome them and undergo personal growth. There were some cameo appearances by NAPA’s talented stars in the film such as Rauf Afridi, Akbar Islam and Erum Bashir.

This film’s sequel was released in 2016 by the name as ‘Lahore Se Aagey’ while having Yasir Hussain and Saba Qamar in lead roles.

+ Main Cast

  1. Shehzad Sheikh as Zaeem
  2. Ayesha Omer as Maryam
  3. Ahmed Ali as Sam
  4. Aashir Wajahat as Zeezo
  5. Yasir Hussain as Mutazalzal a.k.a. Moti
  6. Javed Sheikh as Tiwana
  7. Eshita Syed as Ayesha (Aashi)

+ Plot

Zaeem learns that his longtime girlfriend Ayesha is marrying her cousin in Lahore, he decides to stand up for himself for the first time in his life and go to Lahore to stop the wedding where a group of five people decide to take a road trip from Karachi to Lahore which carries nothing but full of mishaps.

+ High Points

i – Yasir Hussain and Ahmed Ali performances are good. It’s kinda funny to see that the supporting cast did a better job in performances than the lead stars.

ii – The character of Mutazalzal a.k.a. Moti is well written and enjoyable.

iii – The humor is light hearted without using any vulgarity or cheap jokes. Some punch lines are very amusing.

iv – End credits song is good to listen to.

+ Low Points

i – Terrible product placements throughout the film where one would <CORNETTO! Its meaning Little Horn in Italian is a branded frozen dessert cone> forget the film but all he would ever remember is the advertisement <It is available in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, mint chocolate, nut,> that he watched in PKR 500/-, which is the average ticket price of the cinema.

<lemon, whippy i.e. yogurt flavor with a chewy chocolate, valentine’s day flavors> The sudden insertions of these bizarre product placements during <and Cornetto soft ice cream that comes in chocolate chip> the film just ruins the mood of watching it with <cookie dough, vanilla, chocolate, and double chocolate> interest. When will these guys ever learn?

ii – It’s a time pass, fun film. Just don’t even try to make ‘Head or Tails’ of this film. It’s not worth it.

iii – Ayesha Omer who was dressed up like a nerd, fully clothed desi social girl is all of a sudden decides to transform herself into smart, skin tight revealing western clothes in front of bunch of guys and younger brother.

+ Overall

Karachi Se Lahore is a good time pass, high-spirited film without taking itself seriously.

Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars

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

 

 

 

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+ 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

 

 

 

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+ 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

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Ramchand Pakistani (2008)

A review on Pakistani Drama feature length film, Ramchand Pakistani (2008). The Production House is Percept Picture Company while its Distributors are Geo Films and Museum of Modern Art.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Mehreen Jabbar
  • Cinematography by Sofian Khan
  • Written & Produced by Javed Jabbar
  • Screenplay by Mohammad Ahmed
  • Edited by Aseem Sinha

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Ramchand Pakistani is based on a true story of a boy who inadvertently crosses the border between Pakistan and India and the following ordeal that his family has to go through. It is one of the first Pakistani films in which the principal characters are Hindu.

It is first feature length film directed by Mehreen Jabbar. Its music is composed by Debojyoti Mishra, Surya Mitra, Sarthak Sarkar and Shiraj Hussain.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Awards

  1. FIPRESCI Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics at the Osian Film Festival (July 2008)
  2. Honorable Mention by the 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival (2008).
  3. Best Actor for Rashid Farooqi at the KaraFilm Festival, Pakistan (2009)
  4. Audience Award at the Fribourg Int’l Film Festival, Switzerland (March 2009).
  5. Honorable Mention by the Ecumenical Jury at the Fribourg Int’l Film Festival, Switzerland (March 2009).
  6. Honorable Mention by the E Changer Award at the Fribourg Int’l Film Festival, Switzerland (March 2009)
  7. Ramchand Pakistani received a silver medal in the feature film category at the SAARC Film Awards (2012).
  8. Rashid Farooqui received the award for best actor in the feature film at the SAARC Film Awards (2012).
  9. Ramchand Pakistani won Best Film Award on Pakistan Media Award (2010).

 

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Nandita Das as Champa
  2. Syed Fazal Hussain as Ramchand (Child)
  3. Navaid Jabbar as Ramchand (Teenager)
  4. Rashid Farooqui as Shankar
  5. Maria Wasti as Kamla
  6. Noman Ijaz as Abdullah
  7. Shahood Alvi as Asif Hussain

 

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Adnan Shah as Sharma
  2. Adarsh Ayaz as Moti
  3. Farooq Pario as Suresh
  4. Zhalay Sarhadi as Lakshmi
  5. Atif Badar as Lalu
  6. Saleem Mairaj as Vishesh
  7. Saif-e-Hasan as Murad

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

A minor child, Pakistani boy and his father belonging to the untouchable Hindu caste accidentally cross the border and spend years in an Indian jail while the mother on the other side doesn’t know what has happened to them.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Syed Fazal Hussain though being just a kid in the film but his performance is one of the best for the times to come.

ii – Maria Wasti is such a good actress where her character as Kamla is memorable one in this film. Her relationship between her and Ramchand was well shown as both were Hindus yet the caste difference created an awkward situation for Kamla in how to deal with this low caste kid. But with passage of time we see it diminishes and creates love bond between the two. Other Honorable Mentions: Rashid Farooqui, Shahood Alvi and Nandita Das.

iii – The first feature film by Mehreen Jabbar as a director made its strong stand in our Pakistani film industry.

iv – Sofian Khan did a worthy effort in its cinematography.

v – The production design and locations are commendable and very well chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – Some people may find film at slow pace, although it takes a jump start in its intro towards the main plot.

Ii – Most of the major star names are in the cast as cameo or given very small / minor roles only, such as Noman Ejaz, Saleem Miraj, Adnan Shah and Saif-e-Hasan.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Mehreen Jabber’s directorial debut, Ramchand Pakistani has charmed its way in to the people hearts and won them over to this courageous story.

 

 

 

 

Rate: 4.25 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Maya (2015)

A review on Pakistani Horror feature length film, Maya (2015). The Production Houses and Distributors are Twister Films and JB Productions.

 

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed, Cinematography & Edited by Jawad Bashir
  • Written & Produced by Hina Jawad
  • Music by Afzal Hussain
  • Co-Produced by Zara Hamid and Sana Suleman

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Maya is inspired by a real incident happened at Denmark. Hina Jawad also plays the lead role of Maria as protagonist. There was another horror film in Tamil language by the same name in the same year 2015 as neo noir horror film written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan.

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Hina Jawad as Maya / Mishal
  2. Ahmed Abdul Rehman as Waqas
  3. Zain Afzal as Sam
  4. Anam Malik as Rida

 

 

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. Rasheed Ali as Priest
  2. Sheikh Mohammad Ahmed as Amir
  3. Ali Aftab (Cameo) as N/A
  4. Jawad Bashir (Cameo) as N/A

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

A group of friends go to a deserted place for a vacation and get stuck there. Away from home, a dark secret is revealed from the past where they have to face the curse.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Cinematography is very decent, executed nicely.

ii –The makeup & hair styling of the possessed character, really looked one as it is shown in foreign films.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – Once again we have a typical slasher film, something audience are not really excited to watch unless they don’t know how to kill the time.

ii – Well, I can’t blame them as in slasher films, there’s hardly any character development except for the main lead characters, which they btw hardly reveal.

iii – The group of friends didn’t left the haunted house because they had already paid a huge amount of down payment and installments for several years so they couldn’t afford to leave and the fact that they lived far away from the populated area… hell, I’m just making this all up. They didn’t give any proper explanation except that they are not some scary cats and willing to take the risk by staying in the haunted house..

iv – The lead star wrote the story and was one of the co-producers. Perhaps this is the main reason why the story sucks and looks incomplete.

v – All songs are forgettable, nonsense really.

vi – The film is too short to gain interest, too typical to even care what was happening.

vii Jump scares that’s all. I am fond of horror films but this… was… complete waste of time.

viii – Wooden acting performance by (almost) the entire cast.

ix – Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, a guy in Joker’s makeup crashes the party and randomly kills someone and no one calls the police (after the guy is gone) as no one cares, just like audience.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Compelling reasons for watching Maya? Well, the film’s duration is short. Then, there’s…uh… hmm… Oh, forget it!

 

 

 

Rate: 0.75 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Cake (2018)

A review on Pakistani Drama feature length film, Cake (2018). The Production Houses are Indus Takies and ZAB Films while its Distributors are B4U Motion Pictures and Excellency Films.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Written & Directed by Asim Abbasi
  • Cinematography by Mo Azmi
  • Edited by Aarti Bajaj
  • Music by The Sketches and Saif Samejo (Composed)
  • Produced by Syed Zulfikar Bukhari

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Cake is a film about the passage of time seen through the eyes of one family and offers a heartfelt look at the realities of life, of past and present, of choices and consequences. The majority of the filming has been in Karachi, interior Sindh and some parts of London.

The Production Design is done by Zain Khan while it’s Costume Design by Samiya Ansari. It is a debut film for Adnan Malik.

It is the first ever Pakistani film which had its premiere at Leicester Square London with national and international media covering the Event. The cast of the film toured Bradford where they visited Radio Sangam, Odeon Cinema Leeds, Trafford Center, star city and various other places for film promotion.

Similar to Azad (2018), this film too most probably face the same fate in the domestic box office as did Pakistani feature length films such as Shah (2015) and Josh (2013). During the end of emotional scenes, parallel to what happened to Pakistani film, Verna (2017), here too most of the audience were laughing instead feel the moment of sadness. Our Stone Age mass audience still doesn’t understand when to laugh or cry while watching a film.

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Aamina Sheikh as Zareen
  2. Sanam Saeed as Zehra
  3. Adnan Malik as Romeo
  4. Beo Raana Zafar as Ammi
  5. Mohammad Ahmed as Abu

 

 

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. Faris Khalid as Zain
  2. Meekal Zulfiqar as Shehryar
  3. Hira Hussain as Zain’s Wife
  4. N/A as Zain’s Son

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

When the ageing father is taken ill, his eldest daughter, Zareen, is forced to reconnect with her sister, Zara, on her return from London. Burdened with guilt and resentments, the sisters must confront old secrets and realize that sometimes the only way for a family to move on, is by finding a way back.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – A very interesting screenplay, loved every humor and punchlines of the film.

ii – Aamina Sheikh’s performance as Zareen is electrifying, absolute terrific! She is such a good actress who blended into her character as though she is Zareen for real.

iii – Along with Aamina, Sanam Saeed as Zehra performed as persuasively as possible. Her scenes sharing with Aamina made them look inseparable on-screen… left our hearts to desire for more. Other Honorable Mentions: Beo Raana Zafar.

iv – Splendid work on its Production design, each and every scene was pleasantry to watch.

v – The cinematography is beautifully shot, loved how its lighting was handled.

vi – Good performances by the entire cast.

v – Hard to believe that this is directorial debut for Asim Abbasi. The simplicity of the scenes made us feel closer to the reality and have the feel like home.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – We never get to see of Zehra’s husband or her problematic relationship with him.

ii – The story might be too simple for those viewers who are fond of mirch masala type of films and therefore find difficult time to enjoy.

iii – Songs are just nonsense, forgettable. Many won’t even remember listening to any of them.

iv – Meekal Zulfiqar’s role is equivalent to a cameo appearance. Audience wanted to see more of him; at least that’s how people perceive him to be in the film by looking at the poster.

v – The dark secret in the family didn’t turned out to be that dark after all.

vi – Hardly any Sindhi accent in a Sindhi family.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Cake is a lovely adult comedy with excellent screenplay, good direction and a touch of tragedy.

 

 

 

 

Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Salute (2016)

A review on Pakistani feature length film, Salute (2016). The Production House is Cinetainment Production and Distributed by IMGC Global Entertainment.

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Shahzad Rafique
  • Cinematography by Adil Askri
  • Written by Shahzad Rafique
  • Edited by Mohammed Adeel PK
  • Produced by Ghufoor Butt, Haji Arshad Mehmood & Shahzad Rafique

 

 

 

+ Note

Salute is a biographical film is based on the life of martyr “Aitzaz Hasan” from Hangu, Pakistan. He very courageously confronted a suicide bomber from attempting to blow his school saving up to 2000 lives. It’s a Cinematic Tribute to his act of bravery and selflessness, therefore the film is titled as ‘Salute’.

The music is composed by Robin Ghosh (Late) & Aamir Munawar.

 

 

+ Main Cast

1) Ali Mohtesham as Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan

2) Ajab Gul as Aitzaz Hasan’s father

3) Saima Noor as Aitzaz Hasan’s mother

4) Imran Khan as Taliban

5) Nayyar Ejaz as Mulvi

 

 

 

+ Plot

Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan Bangash is a healthy school boy who is often taunted by other school boys over his weight issue. His life surrounds closely with his family especially her mother. She is the only one who believes that God has created him for a special reason.

 

 

+ High Points

i – If one is aware of the true events which this film is based on, it was really heart breaking to know and watch film ending. You can see the love which is pour out by Aitzaz’s loving mother for his child. The film in the start is dedicated to the martyrs of Pakistan, especially innocent children.

ii – The performances by Ajab Gul and Saima Noor, played their part well.

iii – The locations are very beautiful as it is mainly shot at Azad Kashmir.

iv – The story shown of Aitzaz Hasan and his family are the only interesting scenes to watch.

v – Ali Mohtesham as Shaheed Aitzaz Hasan did the role properly and in most justified manner.

vi – The ‘Islam’ that is preached and how it is implemented by banned religious groups is shown to highlight their view of the religion side by side of general public. It was a good call.

 

 

+ Low Points

i – The cinematography is mediocre. There are unnecessary Bird’s eye view multiple shots been taken throughout the film. Irrelevant intense shots in slow motion are taken where there is hardly any suspense shown to the audience.

ii – There are so many armies infiltrating and attacking shots taken. Not only do they look unrealistic but with highly exaggerating manner are they shown on screen. I do understand that they were inserted in the film intentionally to show our army patriotism and their fight against such ‘Islamic & Religious’ terrorist / banned groups. Yet it ruined the main story which it was actually based on.

iii – The beard of Nayyar Ejaz is as real as Santa Claus’s beard.

iv – Then we had this Bonanza ad during the film. Sorry, what I mean is there is this couple on honeymoon who are attacked by a small group of terrorists. Bad direction, bad acting.

v – The supporting cast acting is just okay. It could have been better.

vi – The product placement of NBP is like watching an advertisement. Badly executed.

vii – The story telling precisely needs improvement on its part.

viii – The flashback scenes and present scenes were hard to tell in the start as it looked the same.

ix – By looking at different aircraft while taking off, Aitzaz Hasan’s father saddens as it reminds him of his loving wife and family. But the way it was shot, it seemed that the BTS team has inserted wrong aircraft shots. Example: In close up shots, we see PIA plane but in master shots it belonged to some other airlines. This same thing happened again with Emirates and other airlines aircraft.

x – The action scenes reminded me of illogical explosions & gun battle shown in Michael Bay film.

 

 

+ Overall

Salute is a touching story, surrounding Aitzaz Hasan’s true events which delivers so well, But it also suffers from the uninspired cinematography, lack of strong supporting cast and its clichéd action sequence that provokes to wish for a redo.

 

 

Rate: 2.0 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Rangreza (2017)

A review on Pakistani romantic feature length film, Rangreza (2017). The Production Houses are Vision Art Films, MH Films and Malkani Films while its Distributors are ARY Films and B4U Motion Pictures.

 

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Amir Mohiuddin
  • Music, Written, Produced by Akhtar Qayyum
  • Co-Produced by Yasir Mohiuddin & Usman Malkani

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Rangreza is a film between two different school of thoughts and classes.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Bilal Ashraf as Ali Zain
  2. Urwa Hocane as Reshmi
  3. Gohar Rasheed as Waseem Wallay
  4. Ghana Ali as Saba
  5. Saleem Mairaj as Waseem’s friend
  6. Tanveer Jamal as Reshmi’s Father

 

 

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Saba Faisal as Reshmi’s Mother
  2. Shahid Naqvi as Waseem’s Father
  3. Seemi Pasha as Ali’s Mother
  4. Akbar Subhani as Dada
  5. Alyzeh Gabol as Ali’s Friend (Cameo)
  6. Saad Farukh Khan as Saba’s Friend

 

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

A shy, beautiful girl Reshmi, belongs to a traditional Qawwal family and has been engaged since childhood to her cousin, Waseem. Conflict arises when Ali, a famous pop star falls in love with her.

 

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Gohar Rasheed is not only the show-stealer but also performed very well. It’s no surprise that his character was most fascinatingly written and able to pull it off perfectly. I would love to see him perform a positive role yet an interesting one. Other Honorable Mentions: Tanveer Jamal and Shahid Naqvi.

ii – The screenplay is captivatingly written; lots of humorous punchlines.

iii – Makeup & hair styling and production design is praise worthy

iv – Costume designing is well handled. Love to see cheap different shirts given to Gohar to wear.

v – The direction of photography is good, very skillful shots been taken in almost every scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – The film is fair at best. But good thing is that it was not lengthy as these films generally are.

ii The chemistry between Bilal and Urwa is so-so. Their love relationship hardly made emotional connection with the audience as everything was rushed.

iii – The two lead roles performance were just okay, although I usually enjoy watching Bilal Ashraf’s performance.

iv – The same old romantic story of two young individuals belonging to two different social statuses fall in love.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Rangreza is able to bring audience attention particularly because of one-liner humor and Gohar’s performance. Nonetheless, it is still rather a low-spirited romantic film which ultimately loses its chances to be memorable one.

 

 

 

 

 

Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Load Wedding (2018)

A review on Pakistani Rom-Com feature length film, Load Wedding (2018). The Production House is Filmwala Pictures while its Distributors are Geo Films, Distribution Club and Zee Studios (Internationally).

 

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Written & Directed by Nabeel Qureshi
  • Co-Written & Produced by Fizza Ali Meerza
  • Cinematography by Rana Kamran
  • Edited by Asif Mumtaz
  • Co-Produced by Mehdi Ali

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Load Wedding is the fourth collaboration with director-producer-duo Nabeel Qureshi and Fizza Ali Meerza. The film is narrated by Mohsin Abbas Haider. He has co-written the film, as well as wrote the lyrics for two songs and sung one of them. Its music is composed by Shani Arshad.

There is an Easter egg of late fame actor, Om Puri (most probably as Raja’s father). It is a huge coincidence to find that there’s a character by the name ‘Baby Baji’ who in real life of mine was a very close and dear relative. Sadly, only a month ago she had expired. Not only she carries the same name as Faiza Hasan portrays but her characteristics (to some extent) including being unmarried and having weight issues were too similar. It made me wonder as from where the writers took the inspiration from.

The cameos are performed by Tehrim and Jameel, two NAPA artists as well.

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Fahad Mustafa as Raja
  2. Mehwish Hayat as Meerab / Meeru
  3. Samina Ahmad as Raja’s Mother
  4. Faiza Hasan as Baby Baji / Farhana
  5. Noor Ul Hasan as Mamu

 

 

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. Qaiser Piya as Raja’s Friend
  2. Fahim Khan as Ashiq Rafaqat
  3. Anjum Habibi as Uncle
  4. Ghazala Butt as Aunty
  5. Ghalib Kamal as Baby Baji’s Fiancée

 

 

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+ Cameo

  1. Mohsin Abbas Haider as Mamu [Young]
  2. Hania Amir as Mamu’s Love Interest [Young]
  3. Hamna Amir as Meerab [Young]
  4. Tehrim Shafiq as Polio Worker
  5. Syed M. Jameel as TV Production Assistant
  6. N/A as TV Production Security

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

Raja is a young lad who lives in a small town with his family and an unmarried sister. One day he falls in love with Polio worker Meeru, his childhood love.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Beautiful work behind its lighting, the cinematography that it gives whole new meaning and reasoning to watch the film.

ii – Once again we witness an enjoyable performance by Fahad Mustafa as Raja who goes deep into his character in able to win the audience hearts. Fahad is the heart and soul of Load Wedding.

iii – Faiza Hasan as Baby Baji plays an elder sibling with an attitude and stubbornness issue, who cannot accept herself to be left behind while her younger brother gets married before her. Faiza performed very well as playing an arrogant character. Other Honorable Mentions: Fahim Khan, Samina Ahmad and Qaiser Piya.

iv – The team behind its production design and shooting locations, helps us to in believing the surroundings’ realism.

v – The direction by Nabeel was fun loving and entertaining. There are many scenes in the film where we could see why ‘Nabeel Qureshi’ is a big name in the market.

vi – Songs, such as ‘Rangeya’, ‘Kooch Na Karein’ were very pleasing and lovable to listen to.

vii – The costume designing works well on the given characters, it helped them to convince the audience to accept their characteristics with their good performances.

viii – Effective use of the product placements except for McDonald’s.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – The first half is the real film to watch, because after the interval… the storytelling slides down to a great fall that it never fully recovers.

ii – After NMA2 and now this, I think Nabeel Qureshi & his team should sit down and work out on how to come up with good scripts as they once did in NMA1 and Actor-in-Law.

iii – I don’t think people came to watch game shows’ / Amir Liaqat’s parody which he conquers in the second half of the film.

iv – I have watched many TV dramas, films which carries the same core message as of this film.

v – I didn’t enjoy listening to the song ‘Munday Lahore De’. I know well that the team of LW could come up with a much better song.

vi – It seems that Mehwish looked bit older than Fahad to show as his love interest. Though, she appeared fine in ‘Actor-in-Law’ (2016). She is more suitable pair (in appearance) with Humayun Saeed.

vii – It was hard to take last emotional scenes seriously where Raja shares the screen time with Ashiq Rafaqat.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Load Wedding works well in terms of humor level and Rana sb’s spectacular cinematography but lacks humongously with a good storyline and script.

 

 

 

 

Rate: 2.75 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on What Will People Say (2017)

A review on Norwegian-Pakistani Drama feature length film, What Will People Say (2017) aka Hva Vil Folk Si. The Production Houses are Mer Film, Rohfilm GmbH and Zentropa International Sweden while Its Distributors are Lucky Red, ARP Sélection and Avalon.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Written & Directed by Iram Haq
  • Cinematography by Nadim Carlsen
  • Edited by Janus Billeskov Jansen and Anne Østerud
  • Music by Lorenz Dangel and Martin Pedersen
  • Produced by Maria Ekerhovd

 

 

 

 

+ Note

What Will People Say is inspired by director Iram Haq’s own life. It is claimed that she was once kidnapped to Pakistan. Almost all of the supporting cast are Indian performers.

Due to the security concerns & to have the film crew upper hand, the shooting besides Norway, took place in Rajasthan, India. Although, the film shows it as Lahore, Pakistan.

What Will People Say had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. This film is translated in Norwegian language as well.

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Maria Mozhdah as Nisha
  2. Adil Hussain as Mirza
  3. Ekavali Khanna as Mother Najma
  4. Rohit Suresh Saraf as Amir

 

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. Ali Arfan as Asif
  2. Sheeba Chaddha as Aunt
  3. Jannat Zubair Rahmani as Salima
  4. Lalit Parimoo as Uncle

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

Nisha is a daughter of a Pakistani-Norwegian family, who is later kidnapped to Pakistan by her parents when her father finds her in bed with a man.

 

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Adil Hussain is an Indian actor, with a long list of films mentioned in his career. In this film, he portrays the role of a strict father who wants Nisha to follow their ancestor’s societal norms. I’m very pleased and satisfied with his believable portrayal as a desperate father to save his girl from falling into western attributes and lifestyle. The viewers are made aware of his great love for his daughters underneath the strict discipline that he wears in his daily life.

ii – It may come as shocking to many, but this is Mariah Mozhdah’s first film as an actress. Here she portrays the daughter of a Pakistani family settled in Norway. Her character is shown as being torn apart between two very different cultures. One belongs to Norway life, which is socially progressive while the other is her family’s traditional roots. Mariah has given a phenomenal performance. Its just matter of time, when she appears in future projects.

iii – Iram Haq’s direction has made it clear to the audience and critics alike that she means serious business when it comes to film making. She gives a brief insight to the both cultures norms and living styles. What one needs to understand is that we can not enforce our beliefs and traditions to our children, especially without their consent. They are after all, of different era.

iv – Surprisingly, there are some daring scenes that were shot.

v – The film comes to an end with a realistic view.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – The film’s plot is very similar to the films that I have watched earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

What Will People Say brings us to the point where we stand between the societal norms and self-freedom.

 

 

 

 

Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars