The great Shoaib Mansoor with his acclaimed film Khuda Ke Liye broke the jinx on Pakistani cinema, but it was considered a one off success. He followed this up with his intense and original tour de force Bol, in 2011. And that opened the floodgates to the nascent indie Pakistani films, and there has been no looking back since. Some of the gems that followed were Waar, that broke all records at the box office with its fast paced and polished production and direction; Zinda Bhaag, Dukhtar, Na Maloom Afraad and Operation 021 followed in quick succession. Unfortunately, these well-made quality films had poor marketing, and consequently no international impact.
The film has some beautiful cinematic shots of the San Francisco Bay area, and the house in Karachi where the film is shot, has beautiful colonial architecture and woodwork. Adeel Hussain’s dancing abilities were on display in the dance sequence with Mahira Khan, while the music numbers by Rahat Fateh Ali, Abida Perveen and Zeb Bangash were uplifting. If only Momina Duraid and Shahzad Kashmiri’s direction had a little more punch and flair, the movie would have been less of a washout.
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