Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have heard about Janaan. So I watched the movie and here’s my review on it:
The movie starts with a Pakhtun born girl Meena, currently studying in Vancouver in Canada and coming back to her homeland Swat in Pakistan. With her goray (Canadian) friends interrogating her and panicking over the cliched notions about Pakistan. Despite having her own doubts she flies back to her homeland and finds it entirely different than what she imagined- rediscovers her culture, family values and falls in love.
No one could have done the roles any perfectly than Bilal Ashraf did as Asfandyar, Ali Rehman Khan as Danyal, Armeena Rana Khan as Meena, Hania Aamir as Palwasha, Usman Mukhtar as Sameer and Mishi Khan as Shirin Gul. All the cast from Dadi to Chotu was superbly well-picked. I’d rate it 10/10.
Wardrobe and styling
I was literally drooling over the wardrobe and styling of both the guys and the girls the whole time. Especially Armeena’s hair and wardrobe was gorgeous throughout the movie. They kept it traditional as well as modern chic at the same time. I’d rate it a 9/10.
The lighting, graphics and visuals were amazing and did justice to the natural beauty of Swat. The cinematography totally deserves a 10/10.
I was expecting better music from it after listening to the title song. Unfortunately I was disappointed by this department of the movie and I’d rate it 6/10.
The story is far more than just a love triangle, which they deceive us into believing as the subject matter of the movie through the teasers and the trailer (Apart from the things already mentioned they’re very good at deceiving too by the way but NO SPOILERS HERE). They have tackled an extremely important issue in the movie. To find out what it is, you’d have to watch the movie.
Life of the party
This one deserves a special mention. Danyal added just the right amount of humor to spice up even the most emotional moments. He was actually the life of the show. Go Islamabad ka shoda, Islamabad is proud of you! Big thumbs up to Ali Rehman Khan for pulling off this character to perfection.
Okay so this was my favorite part. The bromance between Asfandyar and Danyal was so profound that if I had to choose I’d pick it over the real romance. (Maybe not) But these both were so cute throughout the movie. In a brotherly way, obviously.
You will have to keep an eye out for some very special guest appearances by the phenomenal writer: Osman Khalid Butt, the director: Azfar Jafri, the producer: Imran Raza Kazmi AND the most gorgeous producer there’s ever been: Hareem Farooq.
I just loved it. This is the kind of movie that makes you learn how to laugh through the worst phases of your life. It has just the right amount of comedy, romance, action, moral and drama in it. Exactly the kind of movie you will need on a bad day. While it would be great to watch it with with your family and spend some quality time. Oh did I mention that it’s genuinely a family movie? It’s a great step to the revival of Pakistani cinema. Our job is now to support the cause as much as possible. And there is some breaking stereotypes in it as well. One of our handsome actors is a little shy but I won’t spoil it for you.(haven’t I already?) *wink wink*
Don’t forget to carry some tissues with you to the cinema otherwise you will end up looking like how Meena looked at the time of Palwasha’s Rukhsati.
Peace and love. x