• 07 Jul - 13 Jul, 2018
  • Omair Alavi
  • Reviews

There are two kinds of films Pakistan make and Na Band Na Baraati belongs to neither the good nor the bad kind of films. It is an innovative film that should be shown to film students so that when they decide to make a film, this is the format they shouldn’t follow. What the film teaches us are real lessons such as never bet on an actor who can’t act; never select a director who doesn’t know what a camera is and never sign a film without reading the script. Shayan Khan as the main lead falls flat, Mahmood Akhtar fails as a director and Mikaal Zulfiqar acts in a film where he is relegated to the second lead, despite working in countless hits.

There is no story in the film and that’s one of the biggest let downs considering the cast includes Qavi Khan, Atiqa Odho, Azra Mohyeddin, Mahmood Akhtar, Ali Kazmi besides Mikaal. It revolves around the life of two brother Shahid and Zahid (Shayan and Mikaal) who want to elope with their girlfriends but can’t due to a strict father. What happens next is super stupid as Mikaal’s character signs as the groom on his brother’s nikahnama and their parents accept the union. From there begins a comedy of errors that has more errors than comedy. Everyone disappoints in the film except Mikaal who looks like the only one taking his role seriously – even though his character isn’t much different from his TV dramas. Avoid this film at all costs even though it has good locations, a soundtrack featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan (and a couple of dance numbers you forget the moment they end) and an ensemble cast that had no direction.