By: Omair Alavi Pakistan film industry in indebted to Syed Noor for single-handedly reviving the industry in the 90s; however, 20 years later his attempts to revive his own career as a director couldn’t fulfill the expectations of the audience who have grown out of the 90s, unlike the director. The film comes out as...
By: Omair Alavi
Pakistan film industry in indebted to Syed Noor for single-handedly reviving the industry in the 90s; however, 20 years later his attempts to revive his own career as a director couldn’t fulfill the expectations of the audience who have grown out of the 90s, unlike the director. The film comes out as a dated story and would have been a success in 1997; however, in 2017 it lacks a few things here and there. Even then, his comeback film doesn’t fall flat like other films of the year and with a little more working both on and off screen, it would have come out as a romantic musical of the modern era.
Rayyan (Shahroz Sabzwari) falls in love with Ruba (Sarish Khan) and decides to propose to her; however, Sarish doesn’t give it much thought and returns to Murad (Adil Murad), her fiancé. Parents from both sides settle for February 12th as the date of marriage but Rayyan challenges all by stating that he will be the groom, not Murad. Which of the two hunks manage to win the hand of the girl … is it the aspiring musician Rayyan or the wadere aka beta Murad who loves to party, sometimes with his special friends like Dolly (Sobia Khan). Find out by watching Chain Aye Na!
The film gives Nadeem Baig a chance to act his age and return to comedy as well; he plays the father of the bride who doesn’t like the ways of his political wife Bushra (Atiqa Odho) and her friends. He even befriends the young musician to learn singing – his first love – and for those who know about his career, that brings a smile. Adil Murad also impressed with his dialogue delivery and expressions; the credit must go to Syed Noor for encouraging him to return to films and perform. Yes, the high-speed shot looks silly to a few but then, it was not the actor’s fault who just wanted to kiss the hand of the girl (pun intended). It was great to see Behroze Sabzwari act mature (unlike Lahore Se Aagay) and play Shahroz’s father onscreen. You can’t judge the chemistry of Sarish and Shahroz since they only shared a few good moments on screen – he was the weirdo stalking her while she was avoiding him and if he succeeded in making you hate him, then he succeeded one way or the other. The towering Sarish – granddaughter of Pakistan’s first superstar pairing Santosh Kumar and Sabiha Khanum – has good presence but needs to work a little hard in her next ventures to prove her mettle as a heroine with the potential.
The script was the villain if you ask me in Chain Aye Na, as it seemed to have been penned in the 90s instead of 2017! Some of the scenes seemed hurriedly shot where a few lines were repeated as well. Mustafa Qureshi seemed a little disoriented as if trying too hard when he could only have used his voice to gain attention of all. Sobia Khan looks great off-screen but has to work on her dancing skills (they were too 90-ish) and pronunciation to stay in the game. Then there was the music and although the songs grow on you if you like old songs, they don’t appeal to the current generation. M. Arshad needs to come out of his father’s shadows and evolve with the time. With quality songs on his credit, he should have gone for a singer whose voice suited Shahroz rather than giving Shahroz voices that didn’t suit him. It is time Waris Baig should concentrate on his son Ammar’s grooming who sounded fresh in the songs.
Verdict – 2.5/5
It was a new avenue for Sarish and Shahroz who have a lot of potential and must sign the right films to move ahead. Adil Murad must utilize his talent according to his limitations since he will not look good playing the hero nor will suit the creepy villain role. He must discover himself and play roles that give him margin to perform if he wants to carry the legacy forward. Syed Noor’s name is a respected one in Pakistan’s film circles and he should mentor newcomers and spend time with them so he can understand what they want. He must go behind the camera soon but not before understanding that single screen cinemas are becoming extinct and multiplexes have same priced tickets for all. Chain Aye Na might not have done well at the box office and he should take it as a stepping-stone towards an evolving film industry where he is still considered a legend.