- 10 Nov - 16 Nov, 2018
- 13 Jan - 19 Jan, 2018
Aamir Mohiuddin’s Rangreza had all the ingredients to do well in the cinema but failed miserably at the box office because the execution was bad. It looked like a film from another timeline let alone an era where people tried hard to act than look natural, while misleading the audience who either left at the interval or stayed away from the cinema altogether. The trio of Bilal Ashraf-Gohar Rasheed-Urwa Hocane would have been better off without doing this flick as it did nothing to improve their standing. In fact, it has damaged their reputation for agreeing to a film that was far below anybody's standard.
The film’s biggest weaknesses were its script and direction, as they were thoughtless and directionless, respectively. For a film that was being marketed as something from the land of music, it fell flat as an illogical movie because things that should have made sense did not do so. It is about three madly-in-love individuals – Ali Zain (Bilal Ashraf), Reshmi (Urwa) and Waseem (Gohar Rasheed). While Waseem is engaged to marry Reshmi, Ali makes his entry as a rock star and son of a powerful father when compared to the qawwal family of the two. Things get out of hand when the families feel the wind of romance and politics get involved as well, making it an ideal case of ‘ameer gharib’ difference. The story goes down from there onwards and not even the best directors in the world could have saved it from there, let alone a debut director. The immature script did not help as well because whenever you thought the film might get better, it got worse, with its climax being the worst of all.
Acting wise, the only person who stands out is Tanveer Jamal most importantly because he probably did not listen to the director but sadly, the rest did and came out as actors playing a character rather than the other way round. Veterans Akbar Subhani and Saleem Mairaj were wasted in their stupid roles making it the third such outing for the latter (Raasta, Saawan, and Rangreza) in 2018. Bilal Ashraf improved his acting but that was limited to just a few scenes; Urwa needs to come out of the Durdana element while Ghana as Bilal’s cousin sister was just okay. The rest were insignificant to the plot because they were either too loud or too monotonous. Except for Gohar Rasheed who wanted to prove his mettle but went overboard. He is a brilliant actor who was badly utilised by the makers; shouldn’t have done the Kallu song in the first place.
Rangreza looked like a film from another timeline let alone an era where people tried hard to act than look natural, while misleading the audience who either left at the interval or stayed away from the cinema altogether.