The revival of the Pakistani cinema has surely raised the level of expectations for the Pakistani movie lovers. With the release of every flick there is now an arousing hype to it which seems to be endless. Lahore Se Aagey also stirred excitements for the fans with Saba Qamar sporting a very fashionable ensemble the audience knew it sure had a lot to look forward to.
Lahore Se Aagey was premiered at Nueplex Cinema Karachi. The flick starts off with the brawl between Saba Qamar (Tara who is an aspiring singer) and Yasir (Moti) in an fortuitous encounter with Moti trying to flee his ravenous maami(aunt) who tries to slay him and seize his property. From there begins their journey together along with some love vibes which almost seem to be pointless as the two characters develop an unlikely affection for each other within a short span of time.
They run into various abrupt happenings through the movie where many of the situations seem unreasoned and somewhat illogical.
The point where the two end up in a jungle with a peer looking lot of tribal people was foolish and callow it would almost remind you of a piccadilly circus
Later the two depart as Tara (Saba Qamar) reunites with her boyfriend and Moti (Yasir) is left all by himself and to overcome the grief of Tara’s departure he finds his way to a brothel where he out of nowhere once again meets up with Tara.
This part of the movie would really leave audiences with a plus size question mark as Saba appears out of the blue at the brothel grooving to the song Kalabaaz Dil. This was another major loophole in the story as the story proceeds from there. The two patch up and flee to Swat to Yasir’s uncle who names fifty percent of his property to Yasir. Here Yasir ‘s character showers a dubious warmth for the very voracious so called Maami and gives off the whole share of the property to her and in response to his utmost goodness the evil Maami’s heart thaws off dramatically which seems very unreal and almost hard to swallow.
The whole story wraps off in this way on a good note. To sum up, situations in the movie do not seem connected with each other. The plot could have been improved with a little effort.
Many of the scenes in the movie are a pure replica of the Shahid-Kareena starrer ‘Jab We Met’ plus one would even recall watching famous Bollywood classics as few of the dialogues also appeared to be duplicated from them as well and one of the character in the movie almost impersonated the very iconic Shehenshah so apparently barring Indian content is all futile at this point.
Some of the songs in the movie also do not seem to mesh well with the situation of the movie. The most refreshing bit of the movie was Saba Qamar’s more of an item number Kalabaaz Dil with all her latkas and jhatkas. The performance and the song itself are surely a highlight of the movie. Rest of the songs seemed to be forcefully fitted into the movie.
Overall tenor of the movie is humorous till the point it gets way insensitive and tasteless, and at certain bits, the comedy becomes rather offensive as well.
Here, I would surely want to appreciate Abdullah Farhatullah’s (Sanam Baloch’s husband) performance in the movie. His character would surely gave the audience a good laugh.
Actors wearing the same attire almost in most of the scenes may be yet another point to subject the movie to criticism.
Although the movie was an obvious effort to enthrall its audience but it failed to exactly do so. The colorful cinematography and foot -tapping music of the movie will surely delight the viewers but the story would do the opposite for them.
Still one would say at least hats off to the collective effort. As for me, I would rate the 5 five out of 10. .