Karachi se Lahore: A one-man show of hilarity

Published: August 4, 2015
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After Na Maloom Afraad, this movie stood out the most for me, as compared to all the recent releases. PHOTO: KARACHI SE LAHORE FACEBOOK PAGE

Karachi Se Lahore is another comedy flick from the back to back line-up in Pakistani cinema. It is directed and produced by Wajahat Rauf and the screenplay was written by Yasir Hussain.

The story kicks off with the introduction of Zaheem (Shahzad Sheikh) and Maryam (Ayesha Omar) who are neighbours constantly arguing and fighting on senseless issues.

Zaheem is seen living alone in an apartment (no mention of his family) and is a banker at Habib Bank Limited (HBL) (too much branding, as expected) who is clearly not happy with his current situation. Being the lead in the film, his acting on the big screen did not impress at all as he definitely missed the right notes.

On the other hand, Maryam is Tiwana’s (Javed Sheikh) daughter. She also has a younger brother named Zeezo (Aashir Wajahat), who is too cool to be a younger brother (I would definitely love to adopt him). No other details regarding Maryam’s character have been revealed, apart from the fact that she is single and always cranky. She is shown as a laidback, lazy, stubborn, tom-boyish girl who swears and watches cricket, as if girls on an average don’t do that. Also, if she really is a tom-boy, then what’s with the pink shalwar kameez? In my opinion, her role appropriately falls under the supporting cast category, rather than the female lead.

Photo: Karachi se Lahore facebook page

Eshita Syed plays the role of Aisha, Zaheem’s nagging and bad-tempered girlfriend, whose parents are nowhere to be seen in the movie, not even at her own wedding.

Hussain also plays the role of Moti, Zaheem’s stuttering friend who usually gives brilliant ideas, despite not being taken seriously most of the time. Also starring in the movie is Ahmed Ali, who plays the role of Zaheem’s friend, Sam, who is constantly trying to impress ladies with his not-so-charming personality.

The story begins when Aisha is sick and tired of waiting for Zaheem to make something out of his life and decides to take matters into her own hands. Hence she goes off to Lahore to marry her Canada-returned cousin, who by the way does a horrible job with the accent. With the help of Maryam, Zeezo and his two friends, Zaheem decides to go to Lahore to stop her from marrying her cousin and convince her to give him a second chance. The rest of the story revolves around their road trip from Karachi to Lahore and the hurdles faced on the way.

Photo: Karachi se Lahore facebook page

Yasir’s acting has been brilliant throughout the movie. None of his dialogues or punch-lines seemed unnecessary. There wasn’t a dull moment in his presence as he kept the viewers entertained and laughing. The entire cinema was applauding his jokes and one-liners throughout the movie. For me, he was the star of the show. If the movie manages to win an award that will solely be because of Yasir’s acting and dialogues as Moti.

The rest of the characters were pretty weak and failed to make an impression. You will know what I mean once you watch the movie. I would surely watch it five times again, only for Yasir’s acting.

The locations chosen for the movie were outstanding. However, I would have preferred some more of scenic views keeping in mind the movie is about a road trip from Karachi to Lahore.

You can’t help noticing the Cornetto and HBL branding, which can test one’s patience and make the person want to throw something at the screen. The brands must have spent a huge chunk of their marketing budget for sponsoring the movie, so stock up on some patience when going to watch it.

Ayesha’s item number, Tutti frutti, is a hit and has a catchy tune. It is our very own version of Baby Doll.  Aaja Re is another melodious track which was very much liked by the audience.

Rabbi Ralli”, another item number featuring Mantahaa Maqsood, who plays the role of Mr Tiwana’s courtesan, is not to be missed if you love listening to up-beat desi numbers. Also try listening to Lahoriya a few times, and then tell me if you are not hooked to the beat.

NooriShiraz Uppal and Sur Darvesh have done a brilliant job with the music. I have already added a few songs to my playlist. It’s always a feast to finally listen to some nice music, especially when it’s a production of your very own industry.

Photo: Karachi se Lahore facebook page

Overall, the movie was a fun ride. Despite being a low budget production and an almost three-hour long movie, the movie did create some magic. After Na Maloom Afraad, this movie stood out the most for me, as compared to all the recent releases. Have to give that much credit to Wajahat and Yasir.

Two thumbs up to Yasir for his contribution towards a brilliant script and such fine acting, something I have seen after a long time. If you’re looking for a heavy dose of laughter, Karachi Se Lahore should do the trick. It’s a total paisa wasool (worth your money).

I would rate the movie:

Music: Four out of five

Eye candy: Three out of five

Direction: Four out of five

Overall: 4.5 out of five

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 www.sadiyazhar.wordpress.com

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

  • Unum Shafiq

    Tutty Fruity is not a “Baby Doll” version at all. I would suggest the reviewer to watch “Beedi Jalayee Lay” from OMKARA. The same dressing style (even the colors) plus the “chaar-payee” sequence, Shehzad Jumping and dancing exactly like Vivek Oberoi and last but not the least same setting i.e. a mela… Tutty Fruity has nothing to do with Baby doll.Recommend

  • excalibur

    another silly movieRecommend

  • Shobha Meerchandani

    ET Blog Team, you call this a “Movie Review”? I mean Really? Come on, we expect your platform to publish some real review material the way Sami Sayer, Shafiq Ul Hasan and a few others used to write or still write. The reviewer of this very movie “Karachi Se Lahore” simply does not know the basics of reviewing movies. Checked her previous reviews and same had same kind of fluff and brand polishing. Is ET paid for publishing such reviews now? Give us the real ET reviews the way they were. Me and My friends don’t want to switch to another platform, don’t let us please. Btw Yasir did not write the entire script, Wajahat did too. (Again, Reviewer missed it)Recommend

  • Haris

    it is a really bad low budget movie. the hero did not look like one and certainly does not know how to act. Recommend

  • Dija

    Surprised at the write up; as the author initially says that the hero’s acting was not impressive whereas the lead female role would have been better as a supporting role than howcme movie was rated 4.5 out of 5????Recommend

  • Commemtator

    This movie is mix masala of so many Bollywood plots.Recommend

  • http://tribune.com.pk/ Javid Mir

    Exccelent movie supered. I have watch it with my friends and family. we spent 35$ for this movie tickets and happy the paissa wasool. great movie. Thank you teamRecommend

  • http://www.sadiyazhar.wordpress.com Sadiya Azhar

    By baby doll, I was referring to the popularity of the song among locals. But visually, Beeri jalailay is more closer to this item number in the way how scenes are shot and set. You pointed out that right! :)Recommend

  • http://www.sadiyazhar.wordpress.com Sadiya Azhar

    As i pointed out in the review, Yasir’s acting and writing skills are brilliant. He was the only one who made us laugh. And did we laugh! You will know what I am talking about once you witness it :)Recommend

  • http://www.sadiyazhar.wordpress.com Sadiya Azhar

    It would be great if you give some constructive criticism. I would be glad to work on some pointers if you would highlight what exactly do you think should be done. I do understand you might have favorites but your statements are a little vague. :)

    What exactly does fluff mean here? Brand polishing in the sense of brands shown or branding the movie itself? Please do share so i could work on the feedback. Thanks!Recommend

  • Umair Sohail

    Everyone has their own style of writing anything with an element of objectivity. The problem is people start generalizing. I was surprised to see the author here clarifying everyone. You can’t satisfy everyone, can you?Recommend

  • http://www.sadiyazhar.wordpress.com Sadiya Azhar

    I believe people don’t want to move out from their comfort zone and read other writing styles. I am more focused on improving though. :) Thanks for you comment.Recommend

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