REVIEW: Hareem Farooq’s ‘Parchi’ fails to fire on all cylinders…

January 5, 2018

BY SHAHJAHAN KHURRAM

KARACHI: It seems as if Pakistani directors and producers are hell-bent on producing films that feature the same mix of comedy, romance and a robbery/extortion as the plot’s epicenter. The same thing occurs with Parchi but the lackluster project fails to impress on several counts. 

Hareem Farooq features as the bold, thuggish Madam Sahab– a local goon in her own right who doles out slaps rather too frequently and glares at anyone who dares flirt with her. Though her character is a breath of fresh air in the ‘out-of-the-box’ sort of aspect, there are contradictions as well. Hareem’s character can either be menacing to give it the tough look it requires or the empathetic one who falls for Bash–the central character of the flick. It’s pitiful to watch her vacillate between the two.

So the plot of the movie is quite simple–Bash, a local ruffian, is caught by Zodiac (a don played by Shafqat Cheema) for extorting money in his backyard from people under the pretext that he worked for another don by the name of Kunna. After an animate discussion with Kunna, Zodiac realises Bash is working on his own and is not affiliated with anyone of note.

Zodiac gives Bash five days to come up with Rs 50,000,00 that he had extorted. In doing so, Bash is in a fix–he does not have the money to return to Zodiac at such short notice hence him and his friends decide to enlist the help of Emaan (played by Hareem Farooq).

Without giving away the rest of the movie, I’d like to say that there were flashes of commendable performance in the flick but by and large, it failed to fire on all cylinders. The performance of Ali Rehman Khan–who was the central character in the flick–was average. It was excruciating to watch him TRY to act in the movie whereas his co-stars performed exceedingly well.

Even Faiza Saleem–who doesn’t have ANY experience on the big screen–intrigued the audience with her impressive cameo performance. The lead actor just didn’t stand out in any way–and that’s bad for any flick.

Too many cooks spoil the broth–in the case of Parchi, there were just too many dons or villains who ruined it for me. With each don (Zodiac, Kunna and the antagonist played by Faiza Saleem) came a new storyline and a parallel plot that weakened the main theme of the flick and added an overall inconsistency to the whole movie.

Credit, however, must be given to the makers for finding witty writers who penned lines that sent audience into hysterics. Also, Parchi‘s songs stood out and have that impressive capability to remain in your head–Imagine and Billo Hai have that magic to it.

One can certainly expect a much better performance from Hareem Farooq than she gave in Parchi but kudos to her for being bold enough to try a new avatar altogether–one that intrigued the audience quite a lot. Were it not for the inconsistencies in the plot and her character, Emaan would have turned out just fine.

Go watch Parchi and make up your own mind regarding the film. There is a lot of potential for improvement in the flick with some commendable performances here and there. But we expect more from our movie stars, producers and actors at this stage.

 

2/5 stars.