Five reasons why you should (or should not) watch Bin Roye

Published: July 14, 2015

If you have missed Mahira post-Humsafar, then you’ll surely love this movie. PHOTO:BIN ROYE FACEBOOK PAGE

Bin Roye’s premiere was held at Nueplex Cinema yesterday and the entire setup was done up beautifully with motiyas (jasmine) used as a pretty backdrop. It was a star studded night, boasting of celebrities from the star cast of Bin Roye Mahira Khan, Humayun Saeed and Armeena Khan along with Behroz Sabzwari, Shehroz Sabzwari and Syra Shehroz who were there to support Javed Shaikh. Bushra Ansari, Imran Abbas, and Angelina Malik also dropped by to show support for the cast and the movie.

Mahira plays the lead role as Saba, while Humayun plays the role of her cousin Irtiza. Javed Shaikh and Zeba Bakhtiar are casted as Mahira’s parents while Armeena is playing Saman, Mahira’s sister.

Here are five reasons why I think you should watch Bin Roye:

1. Mahira Khan

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If you have missed Mahira post-Humsafar, then you’ll surely love this movie. A huge chunk of the movie is focused on Mahira who is projected as an extremely happy and love struck individual.

2. Breath-taking locations and scenic views 

Photo: Facebook page

Photo: Facebook page

From what I have heard, a major part of the movie was shot in Karachi while some of the scenes were also shot in San Francisco. So if you are romantic soul in search of wanderlust, you’d love the movie for the locations and the mesmerising views.

3. Balle Balle is the new London Thumukda

Okay, I know this may come off as a bit exaggerated, but the songs were pretty good. Balle balle stole the show for me, While Maula Maula came in second, because Abida Parveen. Enough said!

4. Support #PakistaniCinema 

Let’s be honest, we all want our entertainment industry to grow and flourish. Since the past two years, Pakistan has witnessed a changing trend in the movie industry. Due to the inception of Khuda Ke Liye, we have been gifted with a new era which will definitely bring the doomed film industry back on its feet.

So if you’re not a fan of either of the stars casted, I’d still urge you to go and watch the movie because we should support Pakistani cinema.

5. Upcoming drama series

Some of you may already know that Bin Roye is the movie adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq’s novel, Bin Roye Aansoo. So if you’re an avid reader and prefer books over movies and also end up watching movie adaptations of your favourite books, then you should get yourself a ticket.

Also, did I mention that HUM TV is soon going to produce a drama series on the same novel? Yes. You read that right.

Apart from the locations, what I loved most about the movie, were the clothes. The designers in charge for the clothes are Sania Maskatiya, Feeha Jamshed, Elan, Deepak Perwani, Jazib Qamar, Labels and Bonanza.

There are a few things which you’ll notice while watching the movie. Bin Roye, like any other movie, comes with loopholes and imperfections. So here are five reasons not to watch the Lollywood flick:

1. The storyline was abrupt

We all know how difficult it is to do justice to the books, but here we are facing a totally different story. There was a lack of synchronisation in the scenes and everything was abrupt. I like my mango shake and my movies quite blended.

2. The first half of the movie is extremely confusing

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Everyone will be confused in the first half of the movie. Fifty minutes into the movie and you’d still be watching Mahira going gaga over her cousin, Irtiza, who she’s in love with.

3. No clarity

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Humayun is no doubt a brilliant actor and I believe he should have been given more screen presence throughout the movie. Also, Humayun goes abroad for two years and it’s still not clear why he actually went there. ‘It’s good for his career’, is all he said in the movie. No other explanation was given as to why he went abroad. Was it a job offer, did you have to go for studies? What exactly did you go there for?

4. Lack of character development

A little more detail and focus on the characters would have helped in a proper character development. Supporting casts were also given very few dialogues. Oh and who was the guy who accompanied Irtiza to and back from the airport? Still unknown.

5. First half was slow

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The first half of the movie was a little slow. However, the second half of the movie managed to pull up the pace and while some scenes were shot brilliantly, some were hazy.

If I had to rate Bin Roye in each department, it would be,

Music: Four out of five

Eye candy: Four out of five

Direction: Three out of five

Overall: Three out of five

If you are looking to take your family out on Eid, this movie could be one of the options. If you have watched the movie or planning to watch it, do share your feedback.

This post originally appeared here.

Sadiya Azhar

Sadiya Azhar

The author loves to read and write about lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment. Foodie by heart and a Marketer by profession. She tweets as @SadiyaAzhar and blogs at

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • anon0912

    Only one thing should have been said.Another cheesy Pakistan drama where the girl is a victim and the whole drama centers around this lovey dovey couple with internal family struggles,cliched and boring as always.I haven’t read the blog or know the first thing about this show but I know its true.Do yourself a favor,face palm yourself instead of watching this mediocre crap they call television and then proceed to look up fargo or something.Recommend

  • adeel

    Reasons to watch the movie “4. Support #PakistaniCinema ”
    are you kidding me ? is it a reason of a new style of begging >Recommend

  • Commemtator

    “We should support Pakistani cinema…”. So you are trying to tell us that no matter what crap they are producing just accept it and support it for the sack of Pakistani cinema.
    My God, is this the way a movie review has to be written ? *Face Palm*

  • Hussain

    I feel sorry for people who think they are reallycool who very cooly abuse our content…the movie is nice ..I think if you are a fan of cinema you should be watching all sorts of cinema. .and this one isn’t any gujjar ..or wehshi jaat sort of film…it’s the first full on entertainment film that has hit the screen..songs good looking people and fresh approach. .no afghanis .
    Not preachy and thank God no terrorist. .it’s the a very high on budgeto musical romantic film with some weak areas and bloopers. .bbut definitely a 2 to 3 time watch for true cinema lovers Recommend

  • Sadiya Azhar

    I don’t see what’s wrong in supporting your own entertainment industry. :)Recommend

  • Rubab Tareen

    I have watched the trailer of the movie and as far as I think it is a good movie with nice locations, awesome music and amazing wardrobe. Thanks a lot for your detailed review about the movie.

    I have read the novel Bin Roye Ansoo by Farhat Ishtiaq and it is one of my favorite novels but as you told that they have changed the whole idea of the novel. So now I am thinking to spend my Eid at home instead of going cinema to watch the movie.Recommend

  • Tasvid Khan

    The writer has expressed her opinion about the movie. She isn’t handcuffing you to a cinema seat and forcing you to clap on all the scenes, surely. :-) Recommend

  • Tasvid Khan

    It isn’t your fault Sadiya. We, Pakistanis, have generally developed a cynical view over everything. :-) Best wishes for your future work!Recommend

  • Commemtator

    Well she has urged us (readers) to watch it. Check it in her own words:

    “I’d still urge you to go and watch the movie because we should support Pakistani cinema.”

    So, she is forcing readers to watch a movie just to support Pakistani cinema. We, Pakistanis want to support our cinema but not the below average movies.Recommend

  • Adi Jalaly

    And you’ll elaborate what “no afghani’s” is supposed to mean, right??? clearly lost the plot!Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !

    sweet heart, Let them breathe a little – agreed with all what you said, but they are just out of lolly-wood nightmare – let them evolve a little, don’t expect Dr zhivago too soon to be created.Recommend

  • Sadiya Azhar

    Thanks, Tasvid. :)Recommend

  • Sadiya Azhar

    Book adaptations hardly do justice. However, I would solely go and watch it for the 5 reasons i mentioned, despite the lags and bloopers. Since you’ve read the novel, i’d suggest you to give it a try. :)Recommend

  • Sadiya Azhar

    “Urge” refers to persuading, not forcing. Trust me when I say that I am not holding you at gun point. ;) It’s your own loss/gain.Recommend

  • Big sister

    When it comes to women Pakistan is still 500 years behind from the rest of the world. :(Recommend

  • Big sister

    Beautiful movie. But Pakistan has to show women as victim. Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    umm no itsnot where is this coming from?Recommend