Bin Roye is a romantic drama directed by Momina Duraid and Shahzad Kashmiri and stars Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed, Armeena Rana Khan, Zeba Bakhtiar and Javed Sheikh amongst others. It is an adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq’s novel, Bin Roye Aansoo which is soon to be a HUM TV drama serial also.
A classic love story involving Irtaza (Humayun Saeed) and Saba (Mahira Khan), the story takes a turn for the predictable as Irtaza makes his transition from desi to pardesi when he leaves to go abroad for his studies. The triangular love story evolves with the entrance of Saman (Armeena Rana Khan) who lures Irtaza with her modern and Western styling choices and values with Irtaza responding favourably and losing his indigenous footing.
Finding out the fate of the three lovers is probably the most interesting thing in the movie, followed by the songs and dance performances. Balle Balle, from which we had expectant hopes, is just short of a Tarang ad, with nothing new brought to the table except for the debut of Adeel Hussain’s spectacular dance skills.
Wrong No. is a romantic comedy film directed by Yasir Nawaz and starring Javed Sheikh, Danish Taimoor, Nadeem Jaffri, Danish Nawaz, Shafqat Cheema, Sohai Ali Abro and Janita Asma amongst others and is scheduled for local release on July 18, 2015.
An ambitious Danish Taimoor is the bratty and spoiled golden son of Javed Shaikh, a butcher by trade who owns his own shop. Smothered by his mother and given false hopes of confidence by his father, Danish aspires to be a movie star and wants nothing to do with his father’s smelly, dead-end butcher shop. Danish is betrothed to and relentlessly pursued by Sohai Ali Abro, whom he detests. All in all, the walls of responsible adulthood seem to be caving in on him, because of which he hits the road. He subsequently experiences a pleasant reversal of roles, not dissimilar from Trading Places (1983) featuring Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd and the rest is for you to find out.
Wrong No. has many an entertaining moment specifically held up by Javed Sheikh and his dysfunctionally entertaining family: from funny instances like a little boy’s circumcision proceedings to deciding whether to cook champay or koftas. There is a featured band of three fat ghundas who are fumbling all over the place and who provide much comic relief.
Taking much from Na Maloom Afraad in the way of chasing scenes around Karachi’s city streets and dreams of being rich, Wrong No. is an entertainer with some good jokes that doesn’t take itself very seriously. It does have the privilege of coining #selfiyaan which is sure to create some shaadi song skits and spinoffs come this year’s shaadi season.
Dekh Magar Pyar Se
Dekh Magar Pyar Se is an upcoming Pakistani romantic comedy film directed by Asad ul Haq and starring Humaima Malick and Sikander Rizvi and is set to release on Independence 14 August 2015.
Set in Lahore, Dekh Magar Pyar Se takes its name from the slogan commonly popularised by the truck, bus and rickshaw industry across Pakistan. Steeped in familiar cultural phenomena, the trailer exudes realism, set in gritty real locations and deep inside complex emotional sequences, not very dissimilar from the cultural projection in Bollywood’s Dev. D starring Kalki Koechlin and Abhay Deol.
Sikander Rizvi’s acting debut has been much anticipated as has Humaima’s acting performance in a local film since she’s stepped up her game last year. Dekh Magar Pyaar Se will most likely be the stop for the-harder-to-please cinema goer this summer season.
Karachi se Lahore
Karachi se Lahore is an upcoming comedy road film directed and produced by Wajahat Rauf starring Shehzad Sheikh, Ayesha Omer, Javed Sheikh, Mantaha Tareen Maqsood, Yasir Hussain, Ahmed Ali, Eshita Syed, Aashir Wajahat and Rasheed Naz and is set to be release on July 31, 2015 locally. It is famously Pakistan’s first road-trip film which covers in real time the 36-hour journey from Karachi to Lahore by road.
For those left wondering about the road trip phenomenon, think Little Miss Sunshine and We the Millers. Karachi se Lahore is expectantly packed with the fun-isms and unaccounted twists and turns one can only (not!) expect when on a road trip with so many people and with such an agenda. Shehzad Sheikh’s beloved is always threatening him with getting married off by her parents to which he responds by making an impulsive and passionate plan to stall the wedding.
The Noori clan makes its way back into the mainstream with Shiraz Upal for the music. Ayesha Omer’s item number is actually not an item number but a stand on empowerment for women and their ability to use their cunning and strengths for the greater good. Karachi se Lahore also promises to showcase some rich cultural diversity, something remaining amiss from much local cinema nowadays. A good one to catch with the whole family!