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Na Maloom Afraad – A Movie Review

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Movie: Na Maloom Afraad                                     English Title: (Unidentified Persons)

Language: Urdu (Few Dialogues in English)        Genre: Comedy, Thriller

Release Year: 2014                                                Country: Pakistan (Lollywood)                     

 

Na Maloom Afraad Movie Review:

As I mentioned in one of my earlier reviews that in the last 2-3 years. Pakistani cinema industry (Lollywood) is going through a ‘revival phase’. Nabeel Qureshi’s Na Maloom Afraad (Unidentified Persons) too is a product of this revival.

Na Maloom Afraad features an ensemble cast consisting of heavyweights like Javed Sheikh and  Fahad Mustafa. The film is basically a comedy drama affair that holds your attention from  the very first scene till the last one. Story might not be a great one, but it draws attention to the deteriorating law and order situation in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi.

There are dialogues that have sarcasm in them. And , one feels the gravity of the situation. Mehwish Hayat’s item number ‘Billi’ (Cat) is fine, but not memorable. Overall, the movies has some good music and cinematography is fine too.

STORY LINE:

The film is about the lives of three people coming from diverse backgrounds. But destiny makes them work together and stand for each other. Shakeel (Javed Sheikh) is a middle age govt clerk. All he has is his wife and younger sister Naina (Urwa Hocane). His world is turned upside down when he learns that the urban development authority has taken a decision to raze his house and build a flyover there. Being a middle class and honest person a family house is all that Shakeel have.

Moon (Mohsin Abbas Haider) is a clever and smart guy wishing to migrate to Dubai. But, he couldn’t make it farther than Karachi. Here he ends up working in a Karachi  electricity board’s call centre. But, this is not the real issue with him. His main problem is a ‘Bhai’ (Term used for Goons in Indian Sub-continent) from whom he has taken lakhs (millions) of money and now can’t payback.

Then there is a guy called Farhan (Fahad Mustafa) , a sales representative by profession earning a meagre 8K per month. Farhan lives as a tenant in Shakeel’s house and allegedly is in love with Naina. He doesn’t have a single problem, but an array of issues tormenting his life. He has lost his job, he will lose his rental room too and more importantly his love of life Naina.

So, how these 3 gentlemen will settle their life amidst the troubles they are facing?

Finally, they make a plan to set a bank on fire during routine riots in Karachi. But before setting a bank on fire they must have their lockers in it.

Will Shakeel be able to save his paternal house? Will Farhan get a job and marry Naina? Will Moon ever be able to go Dubai? Well, they may or they may not.

Watch “Na Maloom Afraad” and you will know it. I am not going to spoil the fun for you.

My Rating And Verdict:

For this film, I too will go by the consensus as Na Maloom Afraad has a rating of 7.9 on IMDB. I have rated it a bit high at 9/10. The film is a bit lengthy with almost 2.5 hours. But, I am sure you will not get bored at any stage. Plus, there are few twists and turns that any cinema lover will love to watch. Not to mention it offers a fair bit of laughing stuff too. So, go and watch this one…

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Wrong No – Movie Review

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Movie: Wrong No                                                Year: 2015

Country of Origin: Pakistan (Lollywood)         Genre: Romance, Comedy 

Languages: Urdu (Mainly), English & Panjabi (Many Dialogues)

 

Wrong No Movie Review:

Pakistani Cinema is going through a “reviving phase” over the past couple of years and Wrong No is the product of this ongoing process. Yasir Nawaz has directed this film in a nice way and it proves out to be an absolute entertainer for the audience. Wrong No has a very simple and common storyline, but still with some great acting, nice music and lots of humor filled dialogues this film appeals to your senses. Wrong No tells the story of a guy called Salman (Nicknamed Sallu) (Danish Taimoor) whose aim in life is to avoid his family profession i.e. becoming a butcher and becoming a big movie star. One day Sallu gets an ultimatum from his father Haji Abba (Javed Shaikh) that if he fails to do something on his own in  one month then he will have to sit with his brothers and father in the butcher market. After this Sallu starts planning to evade this situation where he will have to obey his father.

And finally, while watching News he gets a “life altering” opportunity. He learns about a nawab’s grandson who is coming to Karachi for the first time in his life. The catch in this news was that the face of that royal heir was exactly same as Sallu’s. After this Sallu makes an impeccable plan to “switch” his place with that royal guy named Shehryar. From here the movie becomes more interesting when Shehryar is treated like Sallu while Sallu enjoys the luxurious life of a nawab. Meanwhile, there are 3 guys who have a huge loan to pay to a gangster and their only way out is kidnapping Shehryar and asking his grandfather a huge ransom. The twist comes when the gangster, Shera himself with his gang decides to kidnap Shehryar. The rest you guys needs to see yourself…I am not killing the fun for you..!

My Rating & Verdict of Wrong No:

I rated Wrong No 9/10. The reason is obvious, Wrong No is an entertaining and time pass movie that does fine in all departments. There’s no “novelty” in the story, but still Wrong No keeps you stuck on your sofas for over 2 hours. The acting by the whole cast is of not top quality, but not too bad either. One important thing that I would love to mention about Wrong No, is presence of many humorous lines that a cinema lover will definitely enjoy. Danish Taimoor, Javed Shaikh, Janita Asma, Sohai Ali Abro as well as Danish Nawaz all have done a decent job in Wrong No. The music of this film is good and refreshing I thoroughly enjoyed it while watching the movie.

Conclusion – There’s no harm in watching Wrong No, if you love comedy stuff and nonsense humor..!