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    5 Best to worst Pakistani films of 2019

    December 28, 2019

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    Not many films graced the cinema this year, regardless of there being no Bollywood films being screened either. However, the ones that did left quite a mark, be it an ugly scar or a love letter in permanent ink. Here are the five films that were most talked about in 2019, some for all the good reasons and others.. well, let’s just say bad publicity counts as well.

    1. Laal Kabootar

    Rating: 5/5

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    Produced by Kamil and Hania Chima, music video director Kamal Khan’s debut film Laal Kabootar became the film leading the charge of the ‘nouvelle vague’ (New Wave) of Pakistani film-makers.

    Laal Kabootar succeeds because of multiple reasons. And one would be hard-pressed to find a flaw in this masterfully directed film. From the get-go, all our characters are clearly established in the space they occupy. The montage of their belongings, the worn-off wall colour, posters of WWE wrestler Kurt Angle, Raveena Tandon and Rani Mukherjee on the yellow walls, low-key lit rooms – all add to the atmosphere of the film.

    Stunningly shot by acclaimed cinematographer Mo Azmi, the film shows how camera can play an active ‘character’ in the film as it refuses to let go of its subjects. Laal Kabootar isn’t only an impressive visual experience but its sound and production design further break new ground.

    By the end of the film, you understand Laal Kabootar isn’t literally about a blood-red pigeon and is rather used in a symbolic way: A pigeon that yearns to fly ends up bloodied.

    2. Heer Maan Ja

    Rating: 4/5

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    PHOTO: HEER MAAN JA OFFICIAL

    Heer Maan Ja is a romantic comedy film, directed by Azfar Jafri. IRK Films introduced us to the world of Heer (Hareem Farooq), a young soon-to-be-married woman on the run from her conservative family. However, along with its entertainment aspect, the movie propelled its viewers to reflect on its hidden message about honour killing.

    To begin with, Hareem, Ali Rehman and Aamina Sheikh delivered noteworthy performances that were thoroughly enjoyable. The robust chemistry between the lead pair, was the core of the film that included quite a lot of comedy and a bit of trouble. Two additional features that made the film worth watching were its choreography and music. All in all, the movie was a crowd-puller and there were no loose ends.

    3. Parey Hut Love

    Rating: 3/5

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    Directed by Asim Raza and produced by Sheheryar Munawar, Shahbaz Shigri, Mehrunisa Azhar, Shaiban Haq, Parey Hut Love narrates the story of the youth and is visually astounding. A few scenes are beautifully directed with a poetic touch. The story of the movie is a little half-baked, while most filmmakers are advised to chop 15 to 20 minutes off from their films, Parey Hut Love should have been longer so that a few ambiguities in the story could have been clarified.

    Most of its comedy scenes were a little too loud and seemed forced, which didn’t go with the flow of the film. Glitches in its character buildup were amongst its basic problem. The tense relationship between Sheheryar and his father, between Maya Ali and her fiancé, and the climax where the grand wedding takes a grand turn, are a few aspects which could have made a huge impact if a little detailing was added to them.

    4. Superstar

    Rating: 2.5/5

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    The film shows Mahira Khan playing a struggling actor (Noori) from bhaaati gate who runs into her crush and superstar (Sameer Khan) during the shoot of a TV advert. By playing an actor on screen Mahira naturally gets to play a lot of characters within one character and that’s amazing.

    However, the small bits and pieces of Noori’s reel life, particularly the ones towards the second half are good enough. Other units of dramatic action are also largely unmotivated and the romance between Mahira and Bilal unearned, as a result of which, the build-up to increasingly dramatic and orchestral songs towards the end seems quite absurd and unneeded.

    Despite some very creative blocking choices, Superstar repeats the same old story, is a film flawed on paper. Don’t confuse it for being a bad story; in fact, it has a semblance of a story which is a big deal by Pakistani standards. However, the film as a whole is unsure about what it wants to be and that is perhaps its curse.

    5. Baaji

    Rating: 0/5

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    Baaji suffered from an existential crisis. In a way, it was Pakistan’s response to Rajkumar Hirani’s film Sanju. Granted, Hirani could not have understood the answer. It featured the life of a misunderstood, troubled star, played by Meera, called Shameera, including many real life events from her life. It also included the infamous video clips that went viral and the broken and fake marriages.


    Baaji depicted the film industry, just like Om Shanti Om – except in the cringiest manner possible. The film then showed a Hollywood director, played by Osman Khalid Butt, who casts a heroine on a ‘live’ TV show and to cap it off, the previous directorial venture of Butt’s character was called the ‘Thief of hearts’. Baaji was actually a murder mystery, where a primary character in the film was murdered and someone was framed. There was a disappearance, there a con-man, an antagonist firing guns sidekicks plotting murders and heists.

    Baaji proved one thing though: The film’s director Saqib Malik is a very likeable person and has a lot of friends who were willing to work with him. It had cameos but no plot, while being atrociously directed, horribly acted and ridiculously written.
     
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    The Biggest issue with Pakistan Cinema industry is Lack of identity.
    Cinema industry is not sure what to made, they are stuck between Bollywood and poor wannabe Hollywood.
    Majority of movies are cheaper copies of Bollywood while Bollywood atleast have better dancers.
    Pakistan cinema needs to build its on image of what it was, creating role models for society and role models for people to follow for future.
    Representatives of true image of Pakistan instead of just adding cheap and dirty dance scenes to gain cheap popularity
     
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    @HRK @Dubious @Khafee +ve +ve plz

    copying for fb
     
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    Pakistani cinema will do better if they stop chasing Bollywoody circus. Look at how cinemas are made in Korea, South America and elsewhere.
     
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    matlab chummi.... for pointing that out precisely.... that we have identity issue.. we have no other reference of making movie except what we see which is Bollywood crap. then I asked mods for +ve rating for you.. then I said I am copying it for facebook...


    P.S I left playing AGE2 so we didn't have a chance for a match..
     
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    Sadly too many Pakistanis are shameful and love Bollywood.
     
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    Why they can not still get themselves rid of bollywoody and cricket circus ? Lack of self respect and imaginations. Bollywood and cricket are both made of circus clowns.
     
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    Our people do not like change, they are too complacent.
     
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    These days busy on other games
     
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    For a country that has a unique identity as a whole, this is a shame.
     
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    Problem lies with Education & Society.
    Both are pillars of a country which nurture younger mind and than empower to change their destiny.
    Unfortunately Pakistan has lost or younger generation has lost the thinking to see and care for future instead they are stuck in daily life.
     
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