Ever since the so-called revival of Pakistani cinema resurfaced, our cinemas have been jam-packed with films and cinema-goers. After a thorough review of all content released this year, one thing is certain: the general public is huge fan of everything ‘masala’ themed, with a mighty dosage of merry entertainment. A total number of 21 films were released this year, but not all managed to make a mark in cinema history. Here are some of the most loved ones in no particular order, a couple of which even managed to garner some international attention.
Artsy family dramas seldom make it big, but Cake broke all stereotypes. Stepping into the directorial race for the first time, Asim Abbasi managed to tick all the right boxes with this fluctuating tale of sibling rivalry, passive aggression, and broken dreams. Aamina Sheikh and Sanam Saeed blended into their characters perfectly, and the Sindhi metonymy touched the hearts of a huge chunk of the crowd. It also managed to prove how a film without item songs and noise can also make it big amongst the masses.
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2
This highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s crazy ride has set benchmarks for every other film by being the highest grossing Pakistani film in history. This time around, the creators added new cast members in the form of Fahad Mustafa, Mawra Hocane, and Kubra Khan, to join the notorious trio of Humayun Saeed, Ahmed Ali Butt, and Vasay Chaudhary. The film nailed all the tropes the audience looks for in an entertaining film, and kept up with the glitz and glamour a high-budget film needs to carry.
Teefa In Trouble
This Ahsan Rahim film marked Ali Zafar’s debut in Pakistani cinema, and was well loved by audiences worldwide. With the right amount of action, drama, romance, and comedy, it turned out to be all-rounder for the local cinema, despite recycling the same old narrative. Maya Ali also shone bright in her debut on the big screen alongside Zafar, turning expectations on the rise for both in the future.
Looks like Nabeel Qureshi has found his secret ingredient for a hit film in Fahad Mustafa. The film was thoroughly a great entertainer in terms of music, acting, and satirical humour. Moreover, it also picked up on some issues that need to be talked about, like dowry and the social status of a widow. However, box-office wise, this film did not rise up to the standards of its predecessors, mainly because of a release-date clash with some other entertainers.
The Donkey King
Still pretty new in the animation game, Pakistani animators have proved they are quick learners. Donkey King stands on par with some of the biggest animated movies of the year, but its satirical take on politics makes it stand out from the rest. Aziz Jindani, who is known to meddle in the world of politics every now and then, proves that he is here to stay with his stellar debut in the film world.
Parwaaz Hai Junoon
This intense tale of patriotism shows the struggle of Airforce pilots and cadets in Pakistan, amalgamated with a heavy dose of emotional moments. Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir, and Ahad Raza Mir soar high in pivotal roles, making it a pleasant film to watch for those who want a break from the ever-so-repetitive storylines.
A number of other films were generally liked by the audience, like Motorcycle Girl, while Mahira Khan and Shehryar Munawar starrer, 7 Din Mohabbat In, turned out to be a total disaster. On the other hand, 2019 already looks so bright in terms of highly anticipated films like Baaji, Paray Hut Love, Zarrar, Laal Kabootar, and more.
The biggest spotlight is being garnered by Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan starrer, The Legend of Maula Jutt. It is also being speculated that this Pakistani film will be the first to cross the Rs. 100 Crores mark, and we have our fingers crossed!