Films like Thora Jee Le should be banned in Pakistan

Published: January 20, 2017
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Films like Thora Jee Le should be banned in Pakistan. PHOTO: FACEBOOK.

It was just yesterday that I was thinking it was time for Pakistan’s film industry to use new faces – we’ve been seeing the same old actors in dramas, as well as on the silver screen and honestly, it’s time for a change. Thora Jee Le marks the debut of six fresh actors in pivotal roles. Rafay Rashidi handpicked the new faces, the music director, and the singers for his debut film.

Thora Jee Le revolves around six friends who reunite in tragedy – when a common friend, Kaizad,  suffers from an overdose of drugs. They plan a road trip to Kaizad’s (Rizwan Ali Jaffri) ancestral home and slowly, moments from their past begin to prop up. The film explores the dark parts of friendship, and how it evolves from bitterness.

Thora Jee Le revolves around six friends who reunite in tragedy.
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When I saw the new faces, I was pleasantly surprised, but then the acting started and oh boy… here is what I thought; Jaffri tries too hard in the entire film, from his vocals, dialogue delivery, to his facial expressions – everything is a total miss. He doesn’t do the role any justice at all and if he wants to pursue a career in acting, he would need to work really hard on his diction.

TC (Kasim Khan) joins Jaffri on the overacting bandwagon. I’m not sure what Khan was thinking because the way he was going, his character was not believable in the least.

Andy (Salman Faisal) also tortures the viewers with every scene he appears in. He is, by far, the most pitiful find and makes the audience uneasy with his poor acting.

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Azaad (Ahsan Mohsin Ikram) is obsessed with being seen as an ‘intense actor’ and that’s partly the reason why his character looks so miserable in even the lightest of scenes – everything is over-dramatised, and sad – even when it doesn’t have to be.

Bahaar (Fatima Shah Jillani) is another version of Sohai Ali Abro – Jillani basically just copies Abro’s bubbliness from Jawani Phir Nahi Ani. Meesha (Ramsha Khan) is the only one who delivers a fairly decent performance. Party Khan (Bilal Abbas) fails to rise as well, and his character has the most meat in terms of expression, screen-time, and depth.

The film explores the way life comes between friendships, and how the youth in Pakistan must learn to overcome life’s hurdles.
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When it comes to direction, and the script, Thora Jee Le is below average. There are barely any redeeming qualities. The film explores the way life comes between friendships, and how the youth in Pakistan must learn to overcome life’s hurdles – it is a theme that could have been readily accepted by the masses but this just doesn’t hit the mark. The comical elements in the movie are pathetic. The apparently funny fart sounds, the parts where Andy is searching for a bathroom spot, and the strange lizard jokes are the only jocular components that make the audience giggle. The emotional scene between Azaad and Meesha after Bahaar’s engagement could be the backbone of the movie but is badly (read: confusingly) written and poorly enacted. The music is not even worthy enough to be mentioned.

Films like Thora Jee Le should be banned in Pakistan; they are the reason why Pakistani cinema is facing such a downfall.

I would highly discourage viewers from watching it. Tasteless torture is what it is.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

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

  • knightridrr

    Psuedo-critics need to be banned from Pakistan as well. Its hypocritical of you to be asking for new faces and expecting a great or even good movie from them on their very first attempt.Recommend

  • Syed Areeb Uddin

    Wrong…it wasnt kaizaad with the drug absue, it was party.Recommend

  • Syed Areeb Uddin

    First movie of the whole crew…lets appreciate the beginning, would take time to improve for sure!Recommend

  • Ahmar

    Really, it is that bad?

    I thought it would be similar to Jawani phir nahi aani and I think that movie was a disaster and waste of money. Movies like these are aimed at teenagers, I am guessing.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    There is hardly a movie made in Pakistan and you want to ban that too?? What are you thinking??Recommend

  • R.Ahmed

    Does the writer here suggest that a movie should be checked for the quality of its content before it is released? And how can we trust the judgment of those people and who will ensure that there are no favors being given to someone? This is the job of the public and the fate of the movie should stay in public’s hands. No content should be banned in any circumstance.Recommend

  • Jamil Sultan

    no films should be banned. Please stop suggesting such things.Recommend

  • Muhammad Raza Haidery

    There are bad movies made but demanding a ban on them? Nah…Recommend

  • Nasir Ali Shah

    Ooooh… . What do you think about “Na Maloom Afraad”, who was acting in that movie except Javed Shaikh? How will you describe the foolishness and weak plot of “Waar”, they didn’t do anything but showing off that we also know so-called English. What’s new in Jawani Phir Nahi Aani? Poor jokes and messed up plot. But you will criticize those who are trying to do better at least. You should be criticizing those movies, which have high-paid experienced actors not the struggling one.Recommend

  • Tehreem Malik

    I think the movie was of extremely well content. It showed some harsh realities of friendship that how now a days our friendships are based there is jealousy unsincerity unhappiness. We just live with each other for the time being and then forget about that we ever existed this very true sometimes we dont share a sincere bonding with our friends i didnt think the movie was bad at all it had a message though for people esp. For friends. I guess the audience always in search of item numbers in movie. I believe the new people need to be appreciated in the movie.

    P.s. the person who suffered from drug overdose was named as party aka bilal abbas khan and he is one hell of an amazing actor. And azaad has new platforms because he also did very well in terms of his role and in dialogue delivery. Recommend

  • Nauman Ejaz

    Yes agree. I think so after reading this good review: http://www.youlinmagazine.com/story/film-thora-jee-le-review/NzU0Recommend

  • http://webzpk.com Samna Chaudhary

    And the reviews like this should be banned in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Faruzan Anwar

    Tasteless torture is the exact phrase I’d use. Not only should the film itself be banned, but the censor board which allowed this to be screened across the country must be DISBANDED.

    Weak plot, sketchy script and no character development whatsoever. The film is a tribute to how far the Pakistani film industry has fallen. Recommend

  • Agha

    I don’t care how much of a “torture” (you can always leave the cinema) this film was to you but no. This film or any film should not be banned. Simple. Let the public decide. If its so bad it will flop and producers will get the memo.Recommend

  • gp65

    So it was a bad film which probably deserves to flop. But is that a reason to bn it? Why?Recommend