Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Pari (2018)

A review on Pakistani Horror feature length film, Pari (2018). The Production Houses are MIG World Media USA and Screen Shots Productions while its Distributor is Filmica Pictures.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Written, Directed & Produced by Syed Atif Ali
  • Co-Written by Muhammad Ahsan
  • Cinematography by Akthar Nadeem
  • Edited by Ashar Baig
  • Co-Produced by Mobeen Mehmood

 

 

 

+ Note

Pari is shot at the most mesmerizing location of Ayyubia; Pakistan. This film is inspired by some of well-known English Horror films, such as The Shining (1980), Paranormal Activity (2007) and The Omen (1976). The evil reflection in this film had a solid resemblance of the evil nun character in the Hollywood Horror feature length film, The Conjuring (2016); although the director has strongly denied this to be his inspiration for the character. Coincidentally, just almost after a month a Bollywood Horror film is to be released on 2nd Mar 2018 by the same name with similar plot.

There is a scene in the film where legendary late actors Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif pictures are listed as Board of Directors of the hospital. I could understand to why he (director) may have done this for as it was intentional. In the fame English horror film, The Omen, Gregory Peck played the lead role in it. So his inclusion as in this film was an Easter egg actually and understandable. However as for Omar Sharif, he was simply included due to director’s admiration for the late actor which was irrelevant for this horror film.

Its music is composed by Masood Alam while the visual effects been conducted and supervised by SM Yahya, Muhammad Owais Mubbashir, Danish Raza and Azam. Its makeup is done by Saima Shah. There are some cameos in the film, which are performed by two of the NAPA actors.

There are some SPOILERS mentioned below!

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Junaid Akhtar as Shehram
  2. Azekha Daniyal as Mehwish
  3. Khushi Maheen as Pari
  4. Saleem Mairaj as Abdullah

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Qavi Khan as Professor Sahab
  2. Rasheed Naz as Imam
  3. Faiq Asim as Abdullah’s Son
  4. Owais Mubashir as Drug Addict (Cameo)
  5. Hammad Siddiqui as Hospital Receptionist (Cameo)

 

 

 

+ Plot

A young married couple with their only daughter shift to new home, isolated from the city have started to face some strange evil happenings and disturbances.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Saleem Mairaj as Abdullah has performed very well. He is a great actor and has always made his roles memorable in any project; mild performances by everyone else.

ii – Some songs in the film were okay, average at best.

iii – Good job on Makeup & hair styling. The special effects used in makeup looked really cool.

iv – The location to shoot a horror film was good, more suitable for the film’s content.

v – Stephen King’s novel Dead Rising was a direct hint given earlier in the film regarding the reason why evil happenings occurring around the protagonist’s family.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – It is exceptional to see no horror in a horror film. What we witness here was several attempted jump scares… attempted.

ii – Really terrible use of visual effects. It’s really a shame to amount of money was invested to make it look real. Such as, the snake climbing on a tree, self-evil reflections and the girl on wires… the list goes on.

iii – What was the link between the tree and Pari? Why Pari didn’t acted evil before entering the new house? What were Pari’s real intentions behind her evil acts? Was the house haunted by evil spirit or it was controlled by Pari from day one? (We know that the other spirit was not evil). Too many questions left unanswered.

iv – I am not sure if Qavi Khan’s performance to be labeled as good or bad. He is so scared from something following him late at night that even after banging loud on the door to open, he is more interested to tell 5 minutes long story of how he got this far at the door step than to enter the home first.

v – Really? Is it that easy to use a black magic book to raise the dead without any prior experience, knowledge? Cool! I am going to book one myself.

vi – The final conflict with the devil was child’s play to get rid of.

vii – Except for Saleem Mairaj’s role, all other supporting characters were weakly written.

viii – If I had that big scar on my arm or loved one’s then I would have visited the doctor right away.

ix – It is not necessary to live at such a house if all the strange things have started to happen ever since the very day shifted there. Safety always comes first.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Having Pakistani horror films released so rarely, Pari turns out to be another disappointment even for their die-hard fans.

 

 

 

 

Rate: 1.0 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Jawani Phir Nahi Aani (2015)

A review on Pakistani comedy feature length film, Jawani Phir Nahi Aani (2015) aka [Youth Would Not Come Again]. The Production House is Six Sigma Plus while its Distributor is ARY Films.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Nadeem Beyg
  • Cinematography by Mujahid Raza
  • Written by Vasay Chaudhry
  • Edited by Rizwan AQ
  • Produced by Salman Iqbal, Humayun Saeed, Shahzad Nasib & Jarjees Seja

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Jawani Phir Nahi Aani is directorial debut of Nadeem Beyg. The music is composed by Shani Arshad, Sahir Ali Bagga and Ahmad Ali Butt. It received mixed reviews from critics but ended up being a runaway success at the box office by grossing over PKR 49 Crores (490 million), making it the highest grossing Pakistani film in the world. Previously, this title had been held by the 1998 hit, Choorian.

This film was shot in various places of Thailand including Bangkok, Pattaya and Coral Island while few scenes were shot in Karachi.

At 2nd ARY Film Awards, Jawani Phir Nahi Aani received the highest nominations with 29 whereas winning 18. At 15th Lux Style Awards, the film won 3 awards out of 10 nominations.

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Humayun Saeed as Sherry
  2. Hamza Ali Abbasi as Saif
  3. Ahmad Ali Butt as Parvez (Pepe)
  4. Vasay Chaudhry as Sheikh
  5. Ayesha Khan as Kubra
  6. Mehwish Hayat as Marina

 

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Sohai Ali Abro as Zoya
  2. Sarwat Gillani as Gul
  3. Uzma Khan as Lubna
  4. Jawed Sheikh as Mehboob Khan
  5. Bushra Ansari as Zoya’s mother
  6. Ismail Tara as Don / Sheikh

 

 

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+ Special Appearances Cast

  1. Gohar Rasheed as Fashion Designer
  2. Farhan Ally Agha as Sherry’s father
  3. Yasra Rizvi as Sherry’s mother
  4. Naveed Raza as Lawyer
  5. Zainab Qayum as Lawyer
  6. Ali Kazmi as Dr. Aamir Liaquat Khan
  7. Fahad Mustafa as Himself
  8. Zainab Jamil as Charity
  9. Wajid Khan as Stylist
  10. Shakeel Hussain Khan as Caller
  11. Bilal Lashari as Sniper

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

A single divorce lawyer takes his three married friends on a vacation to escape their wives.

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Humayun Saeed acted very well in this film. His character is the most interestingly written and played out in its lead role.

ii – The multi-talented star, Vasay Chaudhry’s performance is surprisingly very good in this full comedy film. It is the first time that I watched Vasay to play a comic role. He would definitely make many fans after this film. Other Honorable Mentions: Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ahmad Ali Butt, Ayesha Khan, Sohai Ali Abro and Jawed Sheikh.

iii – The film’s parody of the action thriller film Waar’s opening sequence is shown in this comedy film Jawani Phir Nahi Aani plus the relationship of the main characters that is between Saif (Hamza Ali Abbasi) & Kubra (Ayesha Khan) are now played out as spouses instead of siblings, is a joke itself.

iv – The cinematography is fantastic and shot very smoothly.

v – The first half of the film reminded me as if I am watching Emran Hashmi’s film but in good light.

vi – The comedy of this film is very funny and hilarious including many of its hidden jokes are based on sex where only the wise people may able to understand them.

vii – Some of the songs are good to listen to, especially the end credits song and its video shoot ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Aani’.

viii – Praises to the makeup & hair styling dept, made the stars looked gorgeous on-screen.

ix – The costumes designing is commendable specifically the costume Humayun Saeed wears to play the gay character.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – The second half of the film could be easily shorten by 20 – 30 minutes as I felt the film is getting dragged unnecessarily.

ii – The first half of the film is much more enjoyable and funnier. The viewers would see the difference of the comic level after the intermission.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Jawani Phir Nahi Aani is a well-aimed, sex comedy film with full of satisfyingly hard laughs.

 

 

 

Rate: 4.50 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on My Pure Land (2017)

A review on British-Pakistani Drama-Action feature-length film, My Pure Land (2017). The Production House and Distributor is Bill Kenwright Films.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Written & Directed by Sarmad Masud
  • Cinematography by Haider Zafar
  • Edited by Olly Stothert
  • Music by Tristan Cassel-Delavois
  • Produced by Bill Kenwright

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note

My Pure Land is an Urdu-language British drama film, directed by British Pakistani filmmaker, Sarmad Masud. It is based on a true story which focuses on Nazo Dharejo, a villager woman who fought bandits in the village of Qazi Ahmed Taluka, Sindh, Pakistan. It is told in a non-linear style where the three women faced with armed men led by her uncle who try to take her property forcibly from her.

The lead character of Nazo is played by a Pakistani dancer and TV award-winning actress, Suhaee Abro. She is the daughter of a famous Sindhi poet and activist, Attiya Dawood. Besides acting, Suhaee is a trained classical dancer. She has worked in many television plays, theater, documentaries and music videos.

My Pure Land casts a withering look at the patriarchal system of that nation and the corruption of the local authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Suhaee Abro as Nazo
  2. Eman Malik as Saeda
  3. Razia Malik as Waderi
  4. Syed Tanveer Hussain as Baba
  5. Ahsen Murad as Mehrban

 

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. Tayyab Ifzal as Zulfiqar
  2. Atif Akhtar Bhatti as Sikander
  3. Malik Aslam as Police Chief
  4. Muhammed Safdar as Safdar
  5. Muhammed Aslam as Aslam

 

 

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+ Minor Cast

  1. Salman Ahmed Khan as Amir
  2. Abdul Qadir as Driver

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

Three women defend their home against a group of armed men who want to take it forcibly from them.

 

 

 

+ High Points

 

i – The lead star, Suhaee Abro as Nazo has given a solid performance as a strong-headed woman who stands her ground with her family over a land dispute. Suhaee may perhaps be an unknown actress to the foreign market, but she has proven in a number of successful TV serials such as Sang-e-Mar Mar (2016) and Yakeen Ka Safar (2017) where she has not only acted brilliantly but also took up some daring roles too. Other Honorable Mentions: Syed Tanveer Hussain.

ii – The non-linear editing, helps the story to unfold gradually as the film progresses.

iii – There is some mild humor in the flashbacks to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – Hardly any effort been made to make the story interesting. It’s pretty much, straight forward film with no sub plots.

ii – In a simple story, one tries to find great direction; which in this case is hard to come by.

iii – There is barely one or no song to listen to.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

Even if, it is based on a true story, by skipping the addition of sub plots or the absence of having a strong romantic chemistry, My Pure Land happens to be a very dry film.

 

 

 

 

Rate: 1.75 out of 5 stars

 

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Balu Mahi (2017)

A review on Pakistani Rom-Com feature length film, Balu Mahi (2017). The Production House is HKC Entertainment and Distributed by Cinestar.

 

 
+ Crew
I. Directed by Haissam Hussain
II. Cinematography by Saleem Daad
III. Written by Saad Azhar
IV. Music by Sahir Ali Bagga
V. Produced by Sadia Jabbar, M. Ashraf Chaudry & M. Arshad Chaudry

 

 

 

+ Note
Balu Mahi is similar to the fame Bollywood film, Veer Zaara (2004) that is the names of the two lead characters of this film.

The dances are choreographed by Pappu Samrat while art direction by Waqas Saleem. The makeup & hair styling is done by Sumayya Majeed and production design by Iqbal Mughal. The film is edited by Rizwan A.Q.

International Distributor is Grand Showbiz Media. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sang a Qawwali titled ‘Rang De Chunar’ as well as the film stars such as Javed Shaikh & Adeel Hashmi have cameo appearances.

 

 
+ Main Cast
1. Osman Khalid Butt as Bilaal “Balu”
2. Ainy Jaffri as Mahi Jahangir
3. Sadaf Kanwal as Sharmeen
4. Shafqat Cheema as Baba / Daada
5. Durdana Butt as Daadi

 

 

 

+ Plot
When a young man crashes the wrong wedding, the bride seizes the opportunity to make a run for it and together they attempt to evade her overbearing grandfather.

 

 

 

+ High Points
i – Osman Khalid Butt performance as Balu was very appealing on-screen. He unquestionably raised eye brows of many people due to his naturalistic performance. As far as Ainy Jaffri is concerned, she attracted the majority of the audience to herself. Ainy Jafri as Mahi would blow you away with her charming performance. Other Honorable Mentions: Sadaf Kanwal, Durdana Butt, Shafqat Cheema and Javed Shaikh.

ii – The chemistry between the two lead stars was simply magical on big screen. The blazing chemistry between them would make the audience to ask for more. This is one of the key points for success of the film.

iii – The audience is in for a ride due to great ‘Visuals Treat’ with terrific lighting and foggy background that made us believe perhaps we live in a fantastical world. Lahore looked stunning to feast your eyes on.

iv – The art direction is mind blowing! We are able to see such etiquette art work, luxurious furniture with colorful backgrounds and scenery.

v – As for makeup & hair styling, they did an incredible job for adorable looks with their stars, especially Sadaf Kanwal and Ainy Jafri.

vi – Although, the songs are good to listen to but their dances were well choreographed comparable to Bollywood style.

vii – Sex based humor with representative meaning which are not vulgar for the family audience and can be enjoyed easily.

viii – The comic relief by respected Durdana Butt and Shafqat Cheema was well put.

ix – The costume design department did a superb job in representing desirable wardrobe for Sadaf Kanwal and Ainy Jaffri according to the theme of the film.

x – The locations shown in the film, especially northern areas is a good promo to attract tourists and audience alike by watching the real beauty of Pakistan.

 

 

 

+ Low Points
i – The 1st half is basically Jab We Met (2007) Bollywood film while the 2nd half is Dil Bole Hadippa (2009) another Bollywood film. The film entire concept and story is heavily influenced by these two Bollywood films as mentioned above.

It is really sad to see that the writer has failed to come up with their original concept and story for this film. Even the characters written of Osman and Ainy are almost the same that of Shahid & Kareena from the film, Jab We Met.

ii – Balu Mahi shows that in a realistic world, we have several unrealistic and highly unlikely situations that the two lead actors face such as offered to do music dance video unexpectedly while trying to hide away from some people who are after them.

The lead characters already knew their dance steps to perform with group in the music video that very moment.

iii – Why do you need to do toilet humor in a film like this? Though, the gross-out humor does not take leverage to make the film an enjoyable one.

iv – Throughout the film, it is filled with clichés including the end.

v – It was a huge turn off to see such a beautiful actress in manly facial hair in second half of the film.

vi – People who were in extras, seemed to be concerned with their lives only as the viewers do not see any reactions from them when a young couple running away in panic / doing awkward activity / shouting in such a crowded area.

 

 

 

+ Overall
Balu Mahi has enough charm to mark a successful entry in Pakistani film industry for the times to come.

 

 


Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Maan Jao Naa (2018)

A review on Pakistani Rom-Com feature length film, Maan Jao Naa aka Believe Then (2018). The Production House is The Crew Films & Crew Motion Pictures while its Distributors are Hum Films and Eveready Pictures.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Aabis Raza
  • Written by Asma Nabeel and Ahsan Raza Firdousi
  • Cinematography by Asraad Khan
  • Edited by Faisal Hussain and Sharp Image
  • Produced by Muhammad Khalid Ali

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Maan Jao Naa stars Elnaaz Norouzi, a German-born Iranian model, as the lead actress as her debut Pakistani film as well as her first film in her acting career. Adeel Chaudhry has debut in the film as the lead male opposite Norouzi.

The music is composed by Shuja Haider, Asim Raza and Vicky Haider. Pakistani stand-up comedian, Ali Gul Pir has a cameo in it.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Elnaaz Norouzi as Raania
  2. Adeel Chaudhry as Faris
  3. Ayaz Samoo as Asim
  4. Hajra Yameen as Sara
  5. Ghana Ali as Selina

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Naeem Haque as N/A
  2. Asif Raza Mir as N/A
  3. Asma Abbas as N/A
  4. Nayyer Ejaz as N/A

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

A group of four friends find themselves in conflict with their feelings for each other or simply because of forced marriages. Only the matter of time and patience would make them realize the value of their long, last friendship.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i We have some good punchlines. Next!

ii – The opening song is a bit catchy. And, that’s about it.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – In short, the film is very boring and has an overused plot.

ii – The entire writing needs a very careful thinking redo.

iii – The first half of the film made me snooze off several times till it reached the interval.

iv – Almost all of the songs are below average to listen to.

v – As for the ‘Twist’ in the end… it made me decide to walk out from the cinema hall before I have brain hemorrhage.

vi – Naeem Haque should improve his acting craft and work on his voice control, have exercises on it.

vii – The use of interior cultural language accents, for such people to speak Urdu was turn off. I didn’t enjoy it at all.

viii – If this is a good comedy film then I guess Parchi (2018) and Chupan Chupai (2017) should be considered as ‘Classics’.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall

On a serious note, Maan Jao Naa should have been a spoof of different Pakistani Rom-Com movies. By doing it, they would get a recognition of being an actual feature length film.

 

 

 

Rate: 0.25 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Dobara Phir Se (2016)

A review on Pakistani Rom-Drama feature length film, Dobara Phir Se (2016). The Production House and Distributed by ARY Films.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Written, Directed & Produced by Mehreen Jabbar
  • Director of Photography by Andreas Burgess
  • Co-Written by Bilal Sami
  • Music by Haniya Aslam & Justin Gray
  • Co-produced by Salman Iqbal & Mohammad Jerjees Seja

 

 

 

+ Note

Dobara Phir Se consists of seven songs altogether. This film is greatly inspired / influenced by the popular Hollywood romantic comedy film, When Harry Met Sally (1989) where the Bollywood film Hum Tum (2004) inspired from.

 

 

+ Main Cast

1) Adeel Hussain as Hammad

2) Sanam Saeed as Samar

3) Hareem Farooq as Zainab

4) Ali Kazmi as Vassay

5) Tooba Siddiqui as Natasha

6) Atiqa Odho as Ammi

 

 

 

+ Plot

Zainab is a divorcee and has a young son, is still having troubled relationship with her ex-husband Asim but is in good terms with her ex-mother-in-law, Ammi. One night in a friend’s party she happens to meet Hammad with whom she feels safe and happy with.

 

 

+ High Points

i – Andreas’s cinematography has given a Top-Notch quality of work, made the audience to pay attention towards it.

ii – Ali Kazmi’s performance is the only one who I would consider good of the lot.

iii – Thorough detailed work art direction, which is especially apparent in its Mehdi song.

iv – The makeup & hair styling department made sure to make Hareem Farooq, Tooba Siddiqui and Atiqa Odho glamorous on-screen.

v – The screenplay is sound and works well with its lead characters.

vi – The songs are pleasant to listen to, and are well placed in the film.

 

 

+ Low Points

i – The first half of the film looked promising. It seemed to be heading towards something new and interesting… boy, what a disappointment! By the second half, most of the people were finding hard time in enjoying the film.

ii – This story is so overused, on and on by Hollywood, Bollywood writers. If an average local director would have directed this film, then perhaps I would not have complained it in such a way. But come on guys! This is Mehreen Jabbar who we are talking about! We know to what kind of work she comes up with. She can do wonders! But here, it was not so.

iii – So many scenes are of the ex-lover / love of your life’s meetings that happens to be available at any place or time. Plus, what’s up with having no awkwardness between the two females, who are in love with same person?

iv – Since the story is not new or interesting, the screenplay has lost its value.

v – The kind of decisions the characters would do taking are so unlikely to happen with anyone in real life. Such as, the supporting heroine leaves the room willingly so that her boyfriend could talk to his former love alone. My issue here is that the supporting heroine is well aware that the former lover of her boyfriend came back not just to patch things up but to win him back. And she let it happens.

vi – Due to its typical story, almost the film is predictable.

vii – After watching the film, you would end up having a mixture of feelings… was the film good or bad? Did I enjoy the film or not? Should I recommend to someone or no?

viii – I can assure you that the majority of the audience interest was shattered long before the film ended. They were literally making jokes or fun of the film during its ‘Emotional’ or ‘Tense’ scenes.

ix – In the end, you would have this feeling that the film is so bad that it’s actually ‘Good’!

 

 

+ Overall

Despite having a reputable director and a significant cinematography, Dobara Phir Se ultimately fails to deliver an interesting story — or even the strong performances — expected from this rom-drama film.

 

 

Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Operation 021 (2014)

A review on Pakistani crime thriller feature length film, Operation 021 (2014) aka O21 (or Operation 21 formerly The Extortionist). The Production Houses are One Motion Pictures, Azad Film Company & Interactive Studios while its Distributor is IMGC Global Entertainment.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed & Written by Jami Mahmood and Summer Nicks
  • Cinematography by Mo Azmi
  • Co-Written by Joe Towne and Azaan Sami Khan (Produced)
  • Edited by Rizwan AQ
  • Co-Produced by Zeba Bakhtiar

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Operation 021 is the first spy action-thriller Pakistani feature length film. The filming took place throughout Karachi, Lahore, Balochistan and the Afghan Border. O21 was primarily filmed on Red Epic Cameras with Cooke s4/i lenses however the ARRI Alexa XR was used in certain scenes as well. It is also the first Pakistani film to be mixed in Dolby Atmos.

Aamina Sheikh was the winner of the best actress prize at the New York International Film Festival whereas the renowned actor Shaan Shahid received accolades through countless Pakistani blockbusters, most recently for Waar. The Music is composed by Alfonso González Aguilar.

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Shaan Shahid as Kashif Siddiqui
  2. Ayub Khoso as Abdullah
  3. Shamoon Abbasi as Danish
  4. Mustafa Changazi as Shayan
  5. Hameed Sheikh as Dost Muhammad
  6. Aamina Sheikh as Natasha

 

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Shakeel Hussain Khan as Deputy
  2. Ayaz Samoo as Mani Abbas
  3. Gohar Rasheed as Babar
  4. Bilal Ashraf as N/A
  5. Abdullah Ghaznavi as N/A
  6. Iman Ali as Aleeha Siddique

 

 

 

 

+ Plot

Two men execute a plan in able to stop the war between Afghanistan and Pakistan within 21 hours.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Hameed Sheikh played the iconic character in this film. He performed his character with absolute spectacularly on-screen as one of the important supporting characters; an ‘A’ class performance by respected Hameed sb.

ii – Ayub Khoso is an old, veteran actor where his character as Abdullah is the most central one in this film. His care-free attitude on how to deal with the investigating agents under their custody is brilliantly directed and performed. Other Honorable Mentions: Shaan Shahid, Gohar Rasheed and Bilal Ashraf.

iii – The action sequences are eye catchy to watch.

iv – A remarkable work by Mo Azmi in its cinematography.

v – The film’s twist was surprising indeed.

vi – The costumes designing did a nice job.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – Shamoon Abbasi as Danish was unable to make an impression or had any significance in the film. Whether this is true or not, but I have heard that most of his scenes were either cut or left behind before releasing it onto the big screens.

ii – Even the fight sequences between Shamoon Abbasi & Shaan Shahid failed to leave a mark of impression.

iii – There were many scenes going back and forth to FBI dept. which were English conversations that were mostly detail and boring.

iv – After the interval, I remember looking at other people faces to make sure perhaps I am the only one who is not enjoying the film. But I was wrong.

v – By the time ending arrived, I didn’t really cared who had the chip. ‘Oh, there is it. Right…’

vi – After watching the trailer, this film surely did not meet my expectations.

 

 

 

+ Overall

Long before the intermission, it’s all working — Operation 021’s tense story, its slow-paced action scenes, its trenchant direction, its stylish cinematography. But then it did not really work as well as this film intended it to be; which ultimately fails to reach to the audience connected with its intense content or emphatic with the lead characters.

 

 

 

Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Ishq Positive (2016)

A review on Pakistani Rom-Com Feature Length Film, Ishq Positive (2016). The Production Houses are KSL Productions and PMI while its Distributors are Hum Films and Eveready Pictures.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Noor Bukhari
  • Written by Suraj Baba
  • Cinematography by Syed Rizwan Sherazi
  • Edited by Farhan Neo
  • Produced by Dr. Shazia Hussain and Dr. Kashif Latif

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Ishq Positive was originally to be directed by Sangeeta and was scheduled for release on Eid al-Adha 2015 but it was delayed after Sangeeta left the project. The music is composed by Wali Hamid Ali Khan, Kamran Akhtar & Saji Ali whereas fame Bollywood actor, Sonu Sood narrates the film.

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Noor Bukhari as Rajjo
  2. Wali Hamid Ali Khan as Wali
  3. Saud as Chaudhry Bashir
  4. Saim Ali as N/A
  5. Ahmed Ali as N/A
  6. Durdana Butt as N/A
  7. Sheeba Butt as N/A

 

 

 

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+ Supporting Cast

  1. Kamran Mujahid as N/A
  2. Hina Rizvi as Shelter Land Lady
  3. Iftikhar Thakur as N/A
  4. Marium Chaudary as N/A
  5. Maria Ilyas as N/A
  6. Sonu Sood as Narrator
  7. Sana Fakhar as N/A

 

 

 

+ Plot

Rajjo can’t decide whether she should be with the one she loves or should continue pursuing her career as a drama artist.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – Good effort by Noor Bukhari, in terms of direction… keeping in mind that it was Sangeeta who was actually hired to do the job.

ii – The lukewarm humor kept the interest level higher than what most of the people had anticipated from it.

iii Inclusion of Sonu Sood as the film’s narrator was something ‘new and different’ for the usage of a foreign celebrity.

iv – Some of the songs, including its lyrics are well written.

v – Cinematography of the songs’ sequences is above average.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – A very common story, plot is overused. There’s nothing new to watch.

ii – Better or well-known, good actors had surely uplifted the film into much more memorable one.

iii – A lot of work needed to improve the screenplay, it’s just… embarrassing.

 

 

 

+ Overall

Noor Bukhari and Walid Hamid’s chemistry makes Ishq Positive a nice, fun film to watch.

 

 

 

Rate: 2.75 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Rahm (2016)

A review on Pakistani thriller feature length film, Rahm (2016). Its Production House is Rahm Films Limited while its Distributor is HKC Entertainment.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Ahmed Jamal
  • Cinematography by Jono Smith
  • Written & Produced by Mahmood Jamal

 

 

 

+ Note

Rahm is based on William Shakespeare’s play, Measure for Measure.

The film crew used Arri Alexa and Cooke movie camera lenses, in order to capture the amazing atmosphere of the old narrow streets of Lahore and the architecture of Walled City of Lahore.

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

1) Sajid Hasan as Governor

2) Sanam Saeed as Samina

3) Sunil Shanker as Qazi Ahad

4) Rohail Pirzada as N/A

5) Nayyar Ejaz as N/A

 

 

+ Plot

A Governor is having hard time in implementing strict rules in his city. After a heart stroke, he appoints new Governor, Qazi Ahad to look after the city. But once Qazi is in power, he misuses it while implementing tough laws on people. Unknown to him, the former Governor is watching his every move as he in disguise as Peer.

 

 

+ High Points

i – Main stars, Sanam Saeed and Sajid Hasan performed very dynamic. Good performances build a keen interest to watch the film till the end. Other Honorable Mentions: Rohail Pirzada.

ii – The cinematography is good mostly where narrow roads of Lahore are shot.

iii – The film is very closely based on the play.

iv – Nayyar Ejaz’s acting is very pleasant while his character is well written.

 

 

+ Low Points

i – There is no importance towards the supporting characters’ performances. They basically have no emotions or reactions in them. Example: When the pregnant woman is arrested and bought towards the police van. She not only tries not to resist but makes no complain or has worried look. She seemed very obedient and interested in getting arrested. The second time she is shown and informed that her lover would be hanged soon… even in that scene there is still no expression of sorrow.

This character in supporting role is not the only one whose proper performance was given any attention to.

ii – The makeover of Sajid Hassan as Peer was poorly done. I mean, his beard clearly showed that it’s been stick with his face. And his voice is same as Peer and as Governor. Are you saying no one in police or close friends of his are unable to recognize his voice?

iii – I am sorry but all those twists & turns turned out to be very easily predictable and already saw it coming.

iv – Sunil Shankar is a very good actor and already watched his theatrical performances. Here I find his character written prosaic and nothing special to watch.

v – I am surprised to know that how can one intimate with someone without looking at the face? Yes, I am aware that there were conditions restricted to antagonist (and in the original play as well) before this bargain was to take place. But it is so hard to believe, that how a ruthless corrupt character follows every rule in able to woo that person?

vi – Although the film is closely based on the play but there was hardly any interest in knowing to what happens next. I read the original story by William Shakespeare; it didn’t appeal me. Hence, this film did not attract even an average audience.

 

+ Overall

Though, certainly not a fan of Measure of MeasureRahm does best to stick close to its original source adaptation. But the story’s predictability and lack of believable outcomes ruins its moment of success.

 

 

Rate: 2.25 out of 5 stars

 

Feature Length Films

Mr. Khan’s Review on Mah e Mir (2016)

A review on Pakistani Biographical Drama feature length film, Mah e Mir (2016). The Production House is Miraqsm Media while its Distributors are Eveready Pictures and Hum Films.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Anjum Shahzad
  • Written & Co-Directed by Sarmad Sehbai
  • Director of Photography by Rana Kamran
  • Edited by Khan Ehtesham & Ali Khan Waqas
  • Produced by Sahir Rasheed, Khurram Rana & Badar Ikram

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Mah e Mir Asst. is based on the life of the famous poet Mir Taqi Mir. It is a story that follows the struggle of a contemporary poet and draws parallels with events in Mir’s life. Syed Jari Khushnood Naqvi, Danish Ali & Bazey Khan were behind the Production Design whereas the music is composed by Syed Shahi Hasan.

There are some cameos by NAPA, TV senior artist such as Akbar Aftab Ladhani, Adnan Anis and Akbar Islam.

This film was awarded the Best Narrative Film Award at the Guam International Film Festival in 2016. Mah e Mir also won two awards in the Best Film and Best Music categories at the Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, which was held in Delhi in 2017. Pakistani Academy Selection Committee had sent an official submission of Mah e Mir for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.

 

 

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Fahad Mustafa as Jamal/Mir
  2. Iman Ali as Mahtab
  3. Sanam Saeed as Naina Kanwal
  4. Manzar Sehbai as Dr. Kaleem
  5. Huma Nawab as Kaleem’s ex-wife
  6. Alyy Khan as Nawab Sahab
  7. Paras Masroor as Jamal’s Friend
  8. Rashid Farooqui as Publisher
  9. Syed Fazal Hussain as Chotu

 

 

 

+ Plot

A modern day struggling poet, Jamal is having a rough patch in his life. Going through Mir Taqi Mir’s poems, Jamal imagines himself to be in his place at Lucknow; focusing on the trials and tribulations that Mir had once experienced.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points

i – We have strong star power main cast, such as Fahad Mustafa, Iman Ali, Sanam Saeed, Huma Nawab, Manzar Sehbai, Alyy Khan, Paras Masroor (Hum TV award-winning supporting actor from TV serial ‘Sang-e-Mar Mar’ [2017]), Rashid Farooqui & Syed Fazal Hussain (lead roles from ‘Ramchand Pakistani’ [2008]).

ii – Interesting props and sets used in its production design, mainly in the scenes of Jamal’s imagination.

iii – The costume designing as well as Makeup & Hair styling did a decent work in their respected fields, Iman Ali looks gorgeous on-screen … although, I must confess that I couldn’t digest Fahad’s ‘Haystack’ wig.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points

i – This film is strictly for certain target audience only. If you are not part of that of it, then you would find very hard time to enjoy the film. For instance, this film is definitely ‘Not my cup of tea’.

ii – For starters, this film is very slow and … Zzz!

iii – I don’t know what to make of this film or having Fahad Mustafa in the lead role. Though it’s good that he took a very different role of his career, but was he really suitable for it? It’s not about his performance but to have him fit in this type of role. I believe the director should had switched this role with Paras’s, for him to do more justice with it.

iv – Even though I am a fan of Rana Sb’s work but it’s disappointing for me to say that the usage of lighting used in this film is way too bright than it should be. I don’t know what was going through his head, what was the reason behind too brightly lit sets in at least two-third of the film but I was surely left confused with his decision.

v – We have a couple of stereo type roles such as of Iman Ali and Alyy Khan. Its only slightly different role than the one Iman played in ‘Bol’ (2008) while Alyy Khan is a used to of playing ‘Nawab’ type of roles more frequently than we change our clothes on daily basis.

 

 

 

 + Overall

Despite its solid cast, Mah e Mir feels like a disorganized series of poems, rather than having an interesting narrative but falls flat for many.

 

 

 

Rate: 1.25 out of 5 stars