The year 2015 has been a great year for Pakistan film industry. With the release of a number of productions such as Jawani Phir Nahin Ani, Bin Roye, Shah, Moor, Manto and more, it can easily be called revival of Pakistan cinema after bearishness of many years since late 90’s.
Year 2016 was kicked off with spell of Ho Mann Jahan followed by a beautiful romantic comedy thriller Bachaana. It is the directorial debut of Nasir Khan, who has gained prominence for his work presented at the Mumbai International Film Festival for his documentary Made in Pakistan. Its produced by Rizwan Saeed. Despite of the fact that team Bachaana created a lot of hype in digital and social media before the movie premiere, I was not expecting much from the film. After watching the premiere I can easily say that its an amazing film and you can easily fall in love with it.
The film is starring Mohib Mirza, Sanam Saeed and Adeel Hashmi, Mohib is playing role of a Pakistani Taxi driver Vicky who is trying hard to earn a living in Mauritius. Sanam Saeed is a typical Indian girl named Aaliya who just got married to Jahangir (Adeel Hashmi).
Bachaana is packed with action, shades of love, empathy and a lot of quality humour. The movie revolves around an ingenuous pretty Indian girl Aaliya, who gets in to a trouble and Vicky decides to help her despite of all risks involved. Aaliya’s tragedy in Mauritius proves to be a blessing in disguise as she finds love of her life while trying to save her life and to get back to her home land.
The story is full of romance, action and humour which won’t let you get bored at any stage. Both Sanam and Mohib executed their respective roles beautifully. Adeel Hashmi, the guy who is always seen doing humorous roles in TVCs and dramas performed a very serious negative role perfectly!
The problem widely faced by Lollywood movies is that they look more like an extended drama or a telefilm and some movies seems to be following exact foot prints on Bollywood. Bachaana don’t have either of these issues, it doesn’t resemble to drama at all and do not look like an Indian movie in any way. Bachaana has a spontaneous script which most of the Indian movies lack, there are no item songs or dance performances in the movie. There is nothing much glitzy in the film, costumes and getups are simple in accordance with the film plot.
Talking to Soul.pk about the latest trend of following footsteps of Bollywood in Pakistani movies Sanam Saeed said “Our industry is an infant industry, we do not have any identity yet, for a start we can’t create something fresh. First of all we have to follow the footsteps of a mature industry and with time we can emerge with a new identity. We have a lot of talent we need support of digital media, social media, investors and Pakistani public at large in order to grow.”
The script is studded with powerful punch lines which are nicely timed, humour is amazing and have nothing vulgar at all. The beautiful mixture of comedy, action and humour kept audience alive throughout the movie during the première. It’s undoubtedly a true family movie, which you can watch with your family without any hesitation. The story is much predictable as there are not many twists in the plot, the end should have been bit more exciting. A scene from Bachaana had too much resemblance with an old Bollywood movie which could have avoided easily.
The punch line which got famous after release of Bachaana trailer “Larki, Larki hoti hai, Pakistani ho ya Hindustani” is a clear message of much needed cross border peace.
The film has 3 tracks plus a mash-up of two tracks. “Bachaana” which is the title track is composed by Ali Sher, “Yari” has been composed by Prasad Sashte and sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali. The third song is “Koi Labda” Composed and sung by SYMT. All songs are really beautiful and melodious, Koi Labda is my favourite from the movie.
Bachaana is a beautiful light comedy thriller which gives a message of peace, love, sacrifice and humanity. It’s time we realize the importance of cinema as a tool to promote positivity while entertaining the audience and creating a unique identity of Pakistani film industry. Bachaana is a must watch movie, I can assure that you won’t regret watching it!