Na Maloom Afraad – review

Karachi's open secret - Na Maloom Afraad

This movie had been on my must watch list since I saw the trailer. What added to my desperation were the positive reviews from nearly all my friends who didn’t mind ditching me at all while going to watch it. #Sadlife. Anyway, since I didn’t want to watch it alone, I had to beg my boss to accompany me. Never have I been so enthusiastic about watching a Pakistani movie. And I was not disappointed.

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The story revolves around three ‘halat key sataye hue’ individuals who just can’t find a solution to their miseries. Moon, (Mohsin Abbas Haider) hails from a meerasi family but doesn’t want to follow the legacy. He wants to go to Dubai but can’t. Reason: he has no money. Farhan (Fahad Mustafa) is an insurance agent who, like every other insurance agent, sucks at selling policies leading his boss to kick him out. Shakeel (Javed Sheikh) is Farhan’s landlord. His source of income: pickles made and sold by his wife and sister and the rent that Farhan never pays. The constant mishaps compel the three to join forces and ‘plan’ to put an end to their financial constraints in the most bizarre manner possible: storing money in a bank and wait for it to burn down on a strike.

Though the film drags at some points, it is interesting overall. The humor is pretty unconventional for a Pakistani flick. It depicts everyday situations a common man goes through in the most hilarious way possible. Sexual jokes are cracked now and then. But you will laugh out loud nonetheless.

The acting by the leading men is amazing. Mohsin Abbas Haider is refreshing addition to the industry. He acts as good as he raps. The director managed to extract the best of all actors, including those who made guest appearances. I found Urwa’s character a bit annoying, but her acting is much better. The songs are OK. Mehwish Hayat’s highly anticipated ‘item song’ Billi did not really live up to the hype but still, she put up a good performance.

Considering that most of our filmmakers are concentrating on producing movies that circle around our country’s political scenario, Na Maloom Afraad is a breath of fresh air. It is definitely not what you’d expect from Pakistani cinema at this point. While it does portray the political situation of Karachi, it concentrates on how citizens deal with the turbulent situation of the city. I’m sure every Karachiite will be able to relate to the scenarios presented. The direction is pretty good, so is the cinematography. All in all, a pretty good watch and definitely a milestone for the Pakistani cinema. Highly recommended, especially with friends.

I’ll rate it 3.5/5.

Best of Tahir-ul-Qadri

Surely, no one can match Tahir-ul-Qadri’s speech skills. He comes on stage, well informed and armed with statistics and shock people with startling revelations. Over the past two months he has displayed his prowess as a speaker and blurted out historic quotes time an time again. Imran Khan is the only one who is giving him a tough competition till now. Even Rehman Baba has curbed his insane remarks.

Here’s a short list of some of the most weird and most common dialogues of PAT chief.

  1. In sab ko shikar karlo. (Hunt all of them)

Because that’s just how peaceful people roll you know.

  1. Kia musibat hai Siddiqui sahib, ye sound system ko kia hua hai? (What the hell Siddiqui sahib, what is wrong with the sound system?)

Seriously, fix the system already, how will people ever hear his soft murmuring?!

  1. Gullu Buttoun!

Cursing the government is no fun until you add Gullu Butt’s tarka.

  1. Dil thaam k suno! Mai aik dil dehlane wala inkishaf karne ja raha hun. (Hold your breath! I am going to make a heart-wrenching revelation!)

No use skipping a beat. It always turns out to be just another corruption story.

  1. Inqilab ab is mulk ka muqadar ban chukka hai. (Revolution has become the fate of this country)

Clearly. After having to watch it for two months continuously and doing extra shifts, it seems k inqilaab hamara muqaddar bhi ban chukka hai.

  1. Mai laanat bhejta hun tumhari is jamhooriat pe! (I curse this democracy of yours!)

Nothing personal. I just don’t like a system in the country.

  1. Qoum ne Inqilab k haq mai faisla…de dia hai. (The nation has passed its decision in favor of a revolution)

What do I say to this? He must be right.

  1. Agar goli chalana chahte ho to pehle mujh pe chalana. Mera seena hazir hai. (If you want to fire bullets, shoot me first. I present my chest)

Don’t. I.can’t.hold.back.my.tears.

  1. Ye awam ka thatain marta samundur hai. (This is an ocean of public)

Ok a) it’s samandar. Sa-Man-Dar and b) the ‘thaatain’ have left the ocean now. Just saying.

10. Mai ye jang apne mulk ki ghareeb awaam k liye larh raha hun. (I am fighting this battle for the poor people of this country)

Of course you are. Just like I’m stuffing myself with extra calories so others can’t get fat.

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Khoobsurat – review

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How I waited for this movie! Even though I didn’t have high expectations, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to watch Fawad Khan’s Bollywood debut. To my immense surprise and delight, it didn’t live up to my expectations at all. And I enjoyed it even more because of the lively crowd that knew when to awww, oohhh, cheer and applaud.

Before I move on to the story line, I want to mention that I haven’t seen the original Khoobsurat so I am not comparing the two.

Though it is just another Disney love story of a prince and a not-so-royal girl and is, therefore, totally predictable but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. The story revolves around Milli (Sonam Kapoor) who is a sports physiotherapist who is hired by the Rathore family to recover Shekhar who was paralyzed in an accident and Vikram Rathore, the prince of the family. The Rathores are a quiet lot who follow strict discipline; something completely alien to Milli.

As for the prince charming, who is a shrewd businessman and extremely serious, he has zero tolerance for Milli owing to her intrusive and loud personality but he softens as she adds some color to the palace and in his life. But that doesn’t change the fact that the two are poles apart and Vikram is engaged. Oops! So how will love conquer all?

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Fawad Khan played his part really well, and I’m not just saying this because I’m a huge fan, he truly did endorse his part as Prince Vikram. His acting was fabulous and he managed to be in sync with every actor. Even Sonam. The scenes involving the two were really cute ;) All the eye rolling and sighing as Milli annoyed him with every breath she took, said all he left unsaid. Same goes for all those scenes where he felt attracted towards her, his expressions were as loud as his dialogues. And his killer looks, of course, made all his scenes more attractive.

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Sonam Kapoor, on the other hand…someone should have told her that there is a clear difference in being chirpy and annoying. Considering that she played an extremely good sports physiotherapist who worked with the likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj, her character had no class. In most of her scenes you just feel like telling her to calm down for once. She was clearly trying too hard and went over the top while she was at it. To her credit though, she carried her horrendous costumes with ease and managed to look pretty throughout.khoobsurat_48_7330_12524

The senior actors, Ratna Pathak as Nirmala Devi Pathak aka Rani sa and Vikram’s mother, Aamir Raza Husain as Shekhar, Vikram’s father and Milli’s patient, Kiron Kher as Manju, Milli’s mother and Kaizaad Kotwal as Milli’s dad were all good.

Ups: the humour; Kiron Kher added a lot of laughter to the movie as Manju who is as loud as her daughter, the songs that are mostly dance numbers save for Naina; sets; Milli and Vikram’s mental commentary every time they set eyes on each other; and of course Fawad Khan.

Downs: Sonam’s acting; Sonam’s wardrobe and the lack of drama. I mean the ‘break up’ was too smooth. And Fawad Khan’s dance moves. I wish I wouldn’t have had to watch him dance.

All in all, a good watch. I’d rate it 3.5/5.

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