- 19 May - 25 May, 2018
Maan Jao Naa
- 10 Feb - 16 Feb, 2018
The Crew Films’ Maan Jao Naa was supposed to be the perfect vehicle for debut actors Adeel Chaudhry, Naaz Norouzi and Hajra Yamin but it ended up as a misfire that could have hit the target with a little more working. There were needless attempts to do comedy, insert zabardasti ka zalim samaaj and action sequences that reminded you of Ainak Wala Jin. Had the makers kept it simple, it would surely have done a lot better considering the film had a good feel, good enough to make Asif Raza Mir venture back into films after three decades.
Maan Jao Naa revolves around a group of friends who are always there for each other. When Ghujji (Naeem Haque) proposes to Rania (Naaz) she runs away with her friend Faris (Adeel) without realizing that he is in love with her. When Faris tells her the truth, she distances herself away from everyone and ends up a loner. Does Rania get Faris back or does Faris move ahead with his life, watch the film to know more. There are other friends as well played by Hajra Yamin and Ayaz Samoo while ‘another’ woman (Ghana Ali) enters Faris’ life to make things a little complicated for the lead couple.
Ayaz Samoo as Asim comes out as the perfect comedy actor who steals the show whenever he is on the screen; Naaz Norouzi looks stunning in real life and less make-up would have made people fall in love with her. Adeel Chaudhry finally got to act in a film and he improved as the plot thickened. It was good to see Asif Raza Mir back on screen after three decades and we hope that he continues to act in films because he is the kind of actor who can teach us a lot about acting in films by just being there. The soundtrack was a refreshing one but they failed to get the rights of two old Pakistani songs, prompting the censor people to strike them off from the final film.
Ahsan Raza Firdousi and Asma Nabeel have written the script but it suits TV more than the big screen; Aabis Raza’s entry into films could have been much better than the final product because he is a good TV director and secondly, he knows the art. In an attempt to come up with a hip film with young cast, the makers ended up with one that might serve as a learning experience for their next project. The film was in no way an improvement product than their first attempt Dukhtar, however, one hopes that it helps them understand their mistakes and rectify them in their next attempt.